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December 6, 2013
Recycling Today Staff

Acme Refining Executive Receives YMCA Award

Mike O’Malley, vice president of sales and marketing for Acme Refining Scrap Iron & Metal Co., Chicago, has received the 2013 Service Recognition Award from the Rauner Family YMCA, located in Chicago. O’Malley was one of two recipients of the award, which recognizes people who demonstrate personal commitment to the YMCA vision, cause and community, according to the organization.

Acme Refining started 40 years ago as a scrap metal and processing company and has expanded its services to paper and old corrugated containers, plastics, demolition, cut-to-length scrap processing, document destruction and recycling. The company’s service area includes regions of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Acme’s operations include a nonferrous metal warehouse, five steel processing yards, a document destruction facility, three electronics recycling facilities and a mechanics shop and welding facility.

SMM Appoints New CEO

Sims Metal Management Ltd. (SMM) has appointed Galdino Claro its new CEO and managing director. Claro has nearly 30 years of global executive leadership experience in the metals industry, including most recently serving as Harsco’s executive vice president and CEO for metals and minerals.

Prior to Harsco, Claro worked for the aluminum company Aleris Americas, a division of Aleris International.

“I am delighted that Galdino has agreed to lead our company,” says Geoff Brunsdon, chairman of SMM. “He has the experience and tenacity, as well as the personal qualities and vision, to make the difficult decisions necessary to steer [SMM] through the global environment it confronts at this time as well as positioning the company for any recovery in international markets.”

Claro says, “I am honored to be joining the [SMM] team and look forward to building upon the company’s remarkable heritage and global reach. The company has faced several challenging years, but I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”

SMM, with joint headquarters in Sydney and New York City, has encountered a number of problems in the past year. In early 2013, SMM discovered significant accounting and inventory issues at recycling facilities in the U.K. An investigation found that the value of the inventory at the locations had been significantly overstated. SMM also reported impairments in its business, which led to a series of write-downs that totaled $432 million and involved its U.K. and U.S. operations.

DP Electronic Recycling Adds to Staff

The electronics recycling firm DP Electronics Recycling, headquartered in Elkhorn, Wis., has named Michael McLean its asset recovery supervisor and Katherine Schultz its sales executive.

McLean worked for more than five years with Universal Recycling Technologies (URT), Janesville, Wis., where he supervised the company’s asset management division and was responsible for identifying assets for resale

Schultz also worked at URT, where she was the regional sales manager in charge of asset and commodity sales. She worked primarily in the business-to-business arena.

BHS Names Regional Sales Manager

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), an equipment company based in Eugene, Ore., has named Rich Reardon regional sales manager. He will oversee BHS, Nihot and NRT product sales in the Southwest U.S. through Texas and western Canada. Reardon has more than six years of experience with BHS in a sales leadership function.

“Rich has a great mind for system development and has been a major factor in BHS’ success over the years,” says Steve Miller, CEO of the company. “This is a tremendous addition to our outside sales team; Rich will provide great value to our customers in his region.”

“I’m looking forward to the direct customer interaction. As a manager, the best part of my job was in the field, strategizing and following through on systems solutions,” Reardon says. “Now, I’ll be able to do this on a daily basis, and I can’t wait to hit the ground running.”

BHS designs, engineers, manufactures and installs sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy and construction and demolition industries.

CRRA Names New Executive Director

Following a 10-month recruitment process, the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) board of directors has named John Dane as the CRRA’s executive director.

Dane brings more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit and association management, including five years as the executive director of the California State Firefighters’ Association and five years as the executive director of the U.S. Rowing Association, an Olympic team and membership organization.

As CRRA executive director, Dane will oversee the oldest and one of the largest nonprofit recycling organizations in the U.S.

“I am excited about working with the CRRA board of directors and CRRA members to build our association, to work with our sponsors and partners and to sharpen CRRA’s role in identifying effective recycling and resource recovery strategies in California and nationwide,” says Dane.