Wayne Grundmeier Named National Account Sales Manager for New Way Trucks
New Way Trucks continues to demonstrate their focus on company growth with the recent appointment of Wayne Grundmeier as the manufacturer’s National Account Sales Manager. Having held similar positions with Heil, Autocar, and most recently American LaFrance as VP of their Commercial Products Group, Grundmeier brings extensive experience in servicing both national and mini-national accounts in the waste management industry.
After hearing positive remarks from customers about the quality of New Way trucks and witnessing the manufacturer’s growing visibility in the refuse truck industry, Grundmeier seized the chance to work for the company when it arose. “I think it’s one of the best opportunities I’ve seen in a long time,” says Grundmeier. “New Way is a company that has a brilliant – not bright, but brilliant – future in front of it.”Grundmeier’s focus will be providing information and arranging demonstrations for companies in the upper echelons of the industry in order to continue growing New Way’s market presence. He officially began his tenure with the company on May 20th.
“We are extremely pleased to add a person of Wayne’s caliber to the New Way sales team” said Phil Allen, New Way VP of Sales and Marketing. “Wayne’s hiring further exemplifies New Way’s commitment to our customers and putting the best people available in key company positions.”
For more information, visit www.newwaytrucks.com.
Governor Signs CT Mattress Recycling Bill First-in-Nation Law
Governor Dannel Malloy has signed the nation’s first mattress stewardship bill into law in Connecticut. House Bill 6437, signed Tuesday, was passed by the state legislature earlier this month. This historic law will result in an estimated $1.3 million cost savings for local governments, and will increase opportunities for recycling businesses in the state. Connecticut government officials estimate that municipalities across the state manage over 175,000 discarded mattresses each year. Despite the fact that up to 95 percent of the materials that compose mattresses can be easily recycled – including steel, cotton, and foam – most mattresses in Connecticut are currently shipped to out-of-state landfills or waste-to-energy facilities. This law will require the mattress industry to develop a single stewardship organization that will provide free collection and recycling services to municipalities, which include storage containers for municipalities to aggregate mattresses at transfer stations. The program will be financed by a visible fee that mattress producers will pass onto retailers, who will then pass it on to consumers at point-of-sale. A stewardship plan will be submitted to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) by July 1, 2014.
The leadership of the City of Hartford was critical to the success of this historic bill. Mayor Pedro Segarra introduced a resolution in support of product stewardship legislation for mattresses at the United States Conference of Mayors, which passed in June 2012. The Mayor and his staff led a Connecticut coalition in support of the bill and worked closely with the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), the mattress industry, and other stakeholders to develop a solution. Since 2010, PSI has worked with the City of Hartford, the Connecticut Product Stewardship Council, other Connecticut local governments, and DEEP to bring this issue to the attention of the mattress industry and obtain support for action. PSI convened a series of stakeholder dialogue meetings with participants from across Connecticut and the country to promote mattress stewardship legislation in Connecticut, and provided technical assistance over the past three years. This dialogue led to model legislation that provided the foundation for what is now Connecticut’s mattress recycling law. PSI wants to congratulate the following individuals who played critical roles in the passage of this bill: State Sen. Edward Meyer, State Rep. Patricia Widlitz, State Rep. Linda Gentile, Marilynn Cruz-Aponte (City of Hartford Public Works and PSI Board Member), Tom Metzner (CT DEEP and PSI Board Member), and Peg Hall (City of Hartford consultant). I would also like to recognize the outstanding contribution of PSI Associate Stefanie Wnuck. Many others also contributed to the success of this bill, including state legislators, staff from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the City of Hartford, the CTPSC, and other proponents. The passage of this bill is a significant achievement for the product stewardship movement.
For more information, visit www.productstewardship.us.
CVP SELECTS ATLANTIC COUNTY UTILITIES AUTHORITY AS NEWEST PARTNER COMMUNITY
The Curbside Value Partnership is proud to announce that it has selected Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) as its newest partner. Together they will develop the County’s first-ever integrated recycling education campaign, designed to increase participation in tonnage in residential curbside recycling throughout Atlantic County. CVP is a national invitation-only program designed to help communities grow their residential curbside recycling programs through education and increased attention to data. Since 2005, CVP has engaged 31 communities and four states to develop, execute and measure effective education campaigns. ACUA provides recycling collection services for Atlantic County’s 250,000 residents and serves as an education resource for the County’s 23 municipalities. “Through this partnership, we hope to get even more Atlantic County residents recycling and encourage those who are already recycling to step up their efforts,” said Steve Thompson, CVP executive director. “We selected ACUA because of their existing strong program, commitment to education and willingness to push higher for results.”
CVP will work with ACUA to develop a comprehensive education campaign that will include tactics such as marketing, an enhanced Web and social media presence, advertising, public relations and grassroots, community-level outreach. In addition to county-wide efforts, ACUA will be working with individual municipalities to support and enhance their recycling education efforts. “We are thrilled to have been selected by CVP,” said Rick Dovey, president of ACUA. “We look forward to tapping into the expertise and resources that CVP has to offer and fine-tuning our education efforts not only to help us reach our 50 percent diversion goal, but also to engage our local communities with recycling.”
“ACUA makes recycling very easy for residents, with many materials accepted in the program including rigid plastics and cartons, and accepting virtually any type of container,” said Thompson. “We’re looking forward to putting recycling on the radar of county residents and reiterating how easy it is to recycle in Atlantic County.” CVP will track and measure the impact of the campaign through the Emerge Knowledge Re-TRAC Connect data management tool and promote best practices to communities across the country via its website at www.RecycleCurbside.org. For more information, visit http://www.curbsiderecycle.org
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Baldwin Filters Breaks Ground on Expansion
A groundbreaking ceremony at Baldwin Filters on Wednesday (May 29) commemorated the start of a 400,000 square foot expansion to its headquarters in Kearney, NE. Representatives from Baldwin and its parent company, CLARCOR, as well as officials from the city of Kearney and Buffalo County attended the ceremony held on the construction site. “We are pleased to initiate this key project,” said Sam Ferrise, Baldwin Filters President. “This expansion will allow us to better serve our customers around the world by adding significant warehousing and shipping capacity.”
The new distribution center will take approximately 1½ years to complete at an estimated cost of $40 million. The project will more than double the number of loading docks at the facility and will feature an upgraded warehouse management system to increase productivity and efficiency. “The City of Kearney is excited and appreciative of Baldwin’s decision to expand in Kearney,” said Mike Morgan, Kearney City Manager. “This project is another excellent example of city, county and state officials coming together to promote economic development opportunities for the private sector.” “Baldwin continues to grow its market share both domestically and globally. This expansion will enable Baldwin to support its growth objectives,” said Chris Conway, CLARCOR CEO.
“We appreciate the assistance and work done by the City of Kearney, Buffalo County and the Economic Development Council of Buffalo County in the planning stages of this project,” said Ferrise. “We are in the final stages of selecting a general contractor, and look forward to completion of this important expansion to our Kearney facility.”
For more information, visit www.baldwinfilter.com.
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS ORGANIZES LEADERSHIP FOR CONTINUED GROWTH THROUGH MARKET FOCUS
RSC Bio Solutions, the leader in readily biodegradable cleaners, degreasers and functional fluids, has reorganized its leadership team following its announcement in January 2013 of acquiring a majority stake in Terresolve Technologies, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of readily biodegradable functional fluids and lubricants. “With the acquisition of Terresolve Technologies earlier this year, RSC Bio Solutions now possesses an even wider range of proven, readily biodegradable products across a broad spectrum of industries,” said Mike Guggenheimer, president and CEO for RSC Bio Solutions. “RSC Bio Solutions is organizing around talented, experienced teams to ensure the growth of our products in these markets.”
Mike Guggenheimer is president and CEO of RSC Bio Solutions. He also directs long-term corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and the sales and marketing teams for Radiator Specialty Company (RSC), as their vice president of sales, marketing and business development. Mark Miller is executive vice president of sales and was cofounder and CEO of Terresolve Technologies. He is responsible for creating and implementing market strategies, maintaining and growing strategic relationships specific to marine-based markets including offshore oil and gas, marine transport and construction. Lisa Owen is vice president of business development and marketing. Owen leads business development and marketing teams in assessing land-based market, product and customer opportunities as well as B2B marketing for the range of biobased solvents and functional fluids. Donald Sweeney is vice president of finance and operations and assumes responsibility for all financial matters for the company, including managing working capital, cash flow and overall profitability. Sweeney is also responsible for managing the supply chain and daily operations. Dr. Larry Beaver is vice president of technology and oversees research and development, regulatory and environmental functions for all divisions of the company. Rolf Geibach is director of technology and develops new commercially viable biodegradable lubricants for customers and formulizes optimization on existing lubricants. Geibach specializes in formulating crankcase lubricants for passenger cars, heavy-duty diesel engine lubricants and automatic transmission fluids and in bringing these products to market.
For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.