Personnel Notes

New hires and promotions in the recycling industry

Schupan Recycling names vice president


Schupan & Sons Inc., headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has named Nick Kronsbein vice president of Schupan Recycling.

Kronsbein, who Schupan says has a depth of experience in used beverage container processing for Michigan’s bottle bill, will concentrate on business development and plant infrastructure projects in his new role as vice president, deepening the company’s relationships with distributors and wholesalers and its long-term growth strategy.

He also will maintain the role he has held since 2012 as vice president and general manager of UBCR LLC, a joint transportation and logistics venture between Tomra North America Inc. and Schupan & Sons.

“A company’s prosperity is often predicated by the depth of its talent,” says Tom Emmerich, chief operating officer of Schupan & Sons. “Utilizing Nick’s talent and relationship with over 600 Michigan retailers, wholesalers and distributors will be key to our growth and continued investment in supporting Michigan’s efficient container deposit law.”

Emmerich adds, “Nick’s knowledge, expertise and relationship with our partners will assure our continued and effective deliverance of global sustainable material solutions to our partners and to Michigan residents.”

Kronsbein holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Michigan State University and an MBA in finance from Walsh College.

Schupan & Sons Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned metals and plastics business specializing in industrial and electronics recycling, asset management, fabrication and distribution, beverage container processing and materials trading. It operates 15 facilities throughout Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

ISRI names senior director of safety


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has appointed Jerry Sjogren its senior director of safety.

According to ISRI, Sjogren has more than 30 years of industry environmental, health and safety (EHS) and transportation experience. Prior to joining ISRI, he worked for Westborough, Massachusetts-based E.L. Harvey & Sons, managing the development and administration of the company’s safety program and environmental issues.

In addition to various EHS certifications, Sjogren has training in employee relations and government compliance subjects. He also has served in various volunteer leadership positions, including as New England Chapter president on the ISRI board of directors from 2018 to 2020, past vice chair of the ISRI Safe Operations Committee, past chair of the ISRI Safety and Environmental Council and past chair of the ISRI Circle of Safety Excellence Steering Committee.

Spaleck adds to sales team

Spaleck USA LLC, headquartered in Mackinaw, Illinois, has added Maria Cargould to its sales team as dealer development manager.

Cargould says she grew up in the recycling industry and worked for Astec Industries, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for almost 22 years. During her tenure, she worked with the company’s dealers and end-users.

Martin Hurson, sales director of western and central USA at Spaleck USA, says, “Maria comes to Spaleck USA with a wealth of experience within the mobile equipment and materials handling industry, having previously worked with one of America’s most established separation and conveying specialists.”

Spaleck USA is a subsidiary of Germany-based Spaleck and provides specialized conveying and separation equipment.

Waste Pro USA appoints regional vice president of North Carolina

Pictured from left: Waste Pro’s Vincent Crisp, Chip Gingles, Tyrone Brice, Ted Goode and Regional Maintenance Manager Chuck Allen

Waste Pro USA Inc., Longwood, Florida, has promoted Chip Gingles to serve as its regional vice president of North Carolina.

Gingles has more than 20 years of management experience. According to Waste Pro, he began his career with the company in 2015 as manager of the company’s Asheville, North Carolina, division.

In 2017, he became solid waste director for Buncombe County, North Carolina. Waste Pro says that position expanded his understanding of municipal waste and recycling processes and the public sector.

Gingles returned to Waste Pro in 2018 as divisional vice president of North Carolina. The company says he has helped to grow Waste Pro’s operations across the state with the support of Charlotte South Division Manager Ted Goode, Charlotte West Assistant Division Manager Tyrone Brice and Concord Assistant Division Manager Vincent Crisp.

“Chip is a natural leader and has been key to our growth in the Asheville and Charlotte metro areas,” says Sean Jennings, president and CEO of Waste Pro.

Waste Pro says it has more than 250 employees and 160 trucks operating in North Carolina providing service to more than 160,000 residential customers and more than 7,500 commercial customers.

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