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October 8, 2012
Recycling Today Staff

PSC Elects New CEO
The board of directors of the metals recycling company PSC Metals, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, has announced that Robert Brewer has been named chief executive officer.

Brewer, a veteran of the metals recycling industry, most recently served as executive vice president of the scrap metal company OmniSource, where he was responsible for 38 recycling facilities in the company’s southeastern region. Previously, he also served as vice president of ferrous operations for OmniSource, with oversight of the company’s Midwest region.

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity at PSC Metals to demonstrate that we can be successful despite the current challenges in the scrap metal sector,” Brewer says.

Republic Services Announces Executive Appointments

Phoenix-based Republic Services Inc. has appointed Robert Boucher to the position of executive vice president of operations. He will report to Donald Slager, president and CEO. Boucher was most recently senior vice president of operations for Republic Services’ southern region, covering eight states and Puerto Rico.

“We are fortunate to have Bob joining our corporate executive team and taking over the day-to-day responsibilities leading our field organization,” says Slager. “Bob is a strong leader with a passion for superior customer service and operational excellence, and we look to him and the management team to continue the standard of excellence established at Republic Services.”

Replacing Boucher as senior vice president of operations for the southern region will be Jack Perko, who will move from his current post of senior vice president of operations for the Midwestern region.

Justin Boswell has been appointed senior vice president of operations for the Midwestern region. Boswell joins Republic from Stanley Black & Decker.

Long-Time Harris Employee Retires

Harris Waste Management Group Inc., Tyrone, Ga., has announced the retirement of Jon Lanker, who was employed by the equipment manufacturing firm for 46 years.

According to Harris, Lanker started his career as a draftsman with the company in 1966 and subsequently moved up through the ranks to serve as an inside sales representative and as a regional sales manager. In 1990, Lanker was promoted to ferrous sales manager.

“Everyone here at Harris congratulates Jon on his retirement and thanks him for his dedication of 46 years as a valued employee of Harris,” says company Vice President Doug Sebastian.

Harris designs, manufactures and supports scrap processing, recycling and waste handling equipment.

ISA CFO Resigns
The scrap metal recycling firm Industrial Services of America Inc. (ISA), based in Lexington, Ky., has announced Robert Coleman’s resignation from the position of chief financial officer. ISA says it will announce an interim CFO shortly.

Harry Kletter, CEO of ISA, says, “Since joining ISA in late 2011, Bob has done an outstanding job implementing new programs and systems to move ISA back toward profitability.”

Kletter adds that a search for a permanent CFO is underway.

Colonial Metals Appoints New Vice President of Sales

Michael Mann, president and COO of Colonial Metals Co., Columbia, Pa., has promoted Kathryn Markley to the position of vice president of sales.

Markley will have direct responsibility for sales, services and marketing of the company’s products. She brings extensive experience and industry knowledge to Colonial’s operations.

Markley’s most recent position with the company was that of national sales manager. During her 35 years at Colonial Metals Co. she has held various customer service, sales and leadership roles within the organization.

She is on the board of directors of the Nonferrous Founders Society and a committee member for the American Foundrymen’s Society (AFS) East Coast Regional Meeting. She also is a member of AFS, the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Conestoga Foundrymen’s Society.

Columbia Metals Co. is a manufacturer of brass ingots, bronze ingots and copper ingots, producing and supplying more than 60 million pounds of brass and bronze ingots annually. Its scrap metal purchasing service buys and recycles close to 90 million pounds of scrap each year.

Riverside Products Appoints Vice President

Riverside Products, Bettendorf, Iowa, has named Kevin Toft vice president. Toft has been with Riverside Products for 13 years, starting as an inside sales coordinator. Throughout his time with Riverside Products, Toft has held a variety of roles, including sales manager for rotors and wear parts and general manager.

“I’ve been very blessed to work with such a great group of people at Riverside Products and also within Sivyer Steel and look forward to the new challenges and opportunities ahead,” Toft says of his new role.

Riverside Products manufactures a variety of products for the auto shredding industry.

Steel Dynamics Adds Two to Board
Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI), a steel manufacturer and scrap processor based in Fort Wayne, Ind., has announced that it has appointed James Trethewey and Traci Dolan to its board of directors.

Trethewey’s appointment fills a vacancy created at the end of last year with the passing of former lead director, Joseph Ruffolo, while Dolan fills a vacancy created by the health-related resignation of Richard Freeland. Both appointments are for the balance of a one-year term. The appointments bring the total number of directors back to 11 people.

Trethewey has been in the iron ore and coal mining industry for 40 years, including 35 years with Cliffs Natural Resources. Dolan is currently chief administrative officer and corporate secretary of ExactTarget Inc., a publicly owned global cross-channel interactive marketing software-as-a-service company.

SDI operates steel mills and scrap yards through its OmniSource subsidiary and other facilities that help generate $8 million in annual sales. The company has an annual steelmaking capacity of 6.4 million tons and employs approximately 6,500 people at its steel mills, scrap yards and other facilities for iron production, steel finishing, coating and fabrication.

Liebherr Construction Equipment Adds Marketing Manager

Michael Balella has joined Liebherr Construction Equipment Co., Newport News, Va., in the newly created position of manager, parts marketing. In this role, Balella will work closely with the Liebherr dealer organization to increase sales and to improve customer service for after-market repair parts.

Balella also will coordinate parts pricing on competitive items and grow the number of products Liebherr offers to support its market presence in the United States as a manufacturer of heavy-duty construction equipment.

“We conducted a national search to find someone that met our requirement for experience from both the manufacturer and customer perspective,” says Duane Wilder, president of Liebherr. “Mike’s background in market development and parts sales with a competitor who is an international manufacturer, coupled with his earlier rental and small contractor experience, well prepare him for this new role.”

Bob Bollinger, parts manager, will continue in his present role with responsibility for inventory levels and order fulfillment.

Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. is a subdivision of Liebherr-International AG, based in Bulle, Switzerland.

SRS Adds Former EPA Official to Staff
Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), with North American headquarters in Chicago, has announced that Patricia Whiting has joined the company’s Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Compliance Group as its first international policy analyst. Prior to this role, Whiting spent 21 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an environmental protection specialist in the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery.

During her employment with the EPA, Whiting analyzed issues related to the use, storage and transportation of extractive and industrial nonhazardous waste. Most recently, she served as the U.S. delegate to the Open-Ended Working Group of the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste.

According to SRS, Whiting’s Basel Convention experience will give the company the ability to help customers achieve compliance as electronic scrap regulations emerge in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Renee St. Denis, SRS Americas vice president of business development, says Sims aims to engage with public and private sectors in Latin America and the Caribbean at a higher level.

“Patricia’s background in and knowledge of international electronic waste policy will allow us to do that so we can better serve our customers,” St. Denis adds.