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December 7, 2012
Recycling Today Staff

Metalico Vice President/COO Resigns
Scrap metal recycling company Metalico, headquartered in Cranford, N.J., has announced that Senior Vice President and COO Kenneth Mueller has resigned from his position with the company. Mueller has indicated a desire to reduce his travel and to remain closer to his home, the company states.

Metalico also recently announced that Walter Barandiaran has resigned from the company’s board of directors to devote more time to the business of The Argentum Group, a private equity firm of which he is a founder and a managing partner. Barandiaran had served on the company’s board since 2001.

Upstate Shredding Adds to Staff
Upstate Shredding – Ben Weitsman, headquartered in Owego, N.Y., has added four industry veterans to its staff, says Adam Weitsman, company owner.

Joining the company are Brian Henderson, who has been named assistant port manager of Ben Weitsman of Albany, N.Y.; Kevin Freehill, the new general manager of Ben Weitsman of Liberty, N.Y.; Sergio Amorim, the new logistics manager for Ben Weitsman of Albany, N.Y.; and Luis Ruiz, nonferrous production manager of Upstate Shredding and all 10 Ben Weitsman locations in New York and Pennsylvania.

Ruiz has worked in the scrap industry since 1985. He most recently worked for Sims Metal Management (SMM) in Newark, N.J., where he spent 11 years in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating as the foreman/supervisor of nonferrous metals, a post he held for seven years.

Since 2009 Henderson worked for SMM locations in Newark and Jersey City, N.J. Most recently he was quality superintendent for SMM’s Claremont Terminal in Jersey City. He also served as a plant supervisor in Newark and as a dispatcher in the company’s logistics division.

Freehill was previously yard manager for SMM’s Liberty facility, and Amorim was with SMM’s Newark operation.

CP Group Appoints New President and COO
San Diego-based CP Group has announced that Terry Schneider, former director of post collections at Phoenix-based Republic Services, has been appointed president and chief operations officer. He replaces John Willis, who is retiring from the company after 27 years.

Schneider brings 23 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling industry. He most recently led the corporate recycling operations group at Republic Services. His previous role with the company was in market development, having led the rail operations group.

“It is a pleasure and privilege to join the CP Group team at this point in their history,” Schneider says. “With the global demand for recycling services and aggressive sustainability efforts that are vital to many organizations, the challenges are exciting. We look forward to keying in on the customer experience with the latest recycling technologies along with innovative operational solutions.”

As the new president and COO of the CP Group, Schneider will be responsible for overseeing sales, engineering, research and development and all other aspects of business operations and strategy for the five companies under the CP Group: CP Manufacturing, Krause Manufacturing, MSS, IPS Balers and Advanced MRF. Schneider will manage the vice presidents of these five companies and will report to Bob Davis, CEO and owner of the CP Group.

“I’m very excited that Terry has accepted the leadership role here at the CP Group,” Davis says. “His background, training, skills and business ethics are exactly what we need to take full advantage of the strengths of our various divisions and continue to integrate them into one powerful team. He ushers in a new era for the CP Group of companies.”

According to the CP Group, this is a pivotal time as new markets are entered, new technology is developed and the group’s five companies merge as one brand. Schneider will be a driving force as the CP Group continues to evolve, according to the company.

The CP Group specializes in engineering, manufacturing and installing material recovery facilities (MRFs) for single-stream recycling, construction and demolition recycling, municipal solid waste recycling, commercial and industrial recycling, front-end waste-to-energy systems, electronics recycling and more.

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