The Carpet Recyclers, La Mirada, Calif., has reported that it has collected and recycled 100 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since starting up its carpet recycling facility in 2009. The company says it expects to recycle more than 60 million pounds of carpet in 2011.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has announced the settlement of an unfair trade practices and antitrust lawsuit against James Galante, the former owner of waste disposal companies operating in the Danbury, Ct., area.
Under terms of the settlement, the state received $600,000 to be distributed to an estimated 500 commercial customers of Galante’s former companies: Automated Waste Disposal Inc. (AWD) and Thomas Refuse Services Inc., both located in Danbury. The state sued Galante in 2009 for alleged violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act and the Connecticut Antitrust Act.
The lawsuit alleged that in 2002 and 2004, Galante ordered his employees at AWD and Thomas to raise prices by 10 percent for certain commercial customers under the false representation that they were mandatory increases for disposal-site costs. The lawsuit also alleged two incidents of bid-rigging by American Disposal Services of Connecticut, another Galante-owned company, in attempts to secure waste-hauling contracts.
According to a news release issued by the Connecticut Attorney General’s office, the settlement was timed to the federal government’s sale of these and other companies forfeited by Galante as part of his 2008 guilty plea to federal racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and wire-fraud conspiracy for his role in orchestrating a scheme to drive up trash-removal prices.
To view the settlement, click here http://www.ct.gov/ag/lib/ag/press_releases/2011/socvgalante_stip.pdf
Terex Fuchs, Southaven, Miss., has introduced the MHL360 D material handler, which it says offers above-ground lifting capacities in excess of 10,000 pounds at a 50-foot outreach. It features a 59-foot reach and a maximum hydraulic capacity of 169 gallons per minute. With a durable double-row slew ring design for smooth slewing and a wide undercarriage with large outrigger cylinders and robust stabilizer support beams, the MHL360D delivers lift capacities across its full operating range.
The MHL360 D, with new reinforced cabin and control system, is designed to enhance operator comfort, safety and productivity. The cab is equipped with sound insulation and an air-cushioned seat with lumbar support, armrests and headrest. A new, molded console surrounds the operator with heating/air conditioning vents, a cup holder and air conditioned lunch box. Large windows provide visibility of the surrounding work area.
The operator control panel features a high-resolution color display. Using a multi-function button with thumb-tip menu navigation, operators can switch operating functions and change machine settings. Critical operating conditions can be monitored with fuel and hydraulic oil levels, coolant and hydraulic oil temperatures, and operating hours available on the main screen. Additionally, the display alerts operators to machine service issues so that they can be addressed before becoming a major problem.
A 249-horsepower diesel engine with electronic engine management enables the hydraulic system and engine of the MHL360 D to efficiently work in unison for high production material handling and processing. The operator cab is hydraulically height-adjustable up to 20-foot maximum eye level.
The inverted hydraulic boom cylinder mounting offers protection from debris, while separate hydraulic oil and engine cooling systems allow operation in ambient temperatures reaching 122° Fahrenheit. A rugged double slew ring design provides a long service life with little downtime. An integrated central lubrication system automatically greases multiple points on the upper carriage and slewing joint to reduce maintenance. The machine’s stow-away ladder offers quick access to the engine, central lubrication system and upper carriage service deck. Service technicians can quickly access the engine cooler and hydraulic oil cooler from ground level for quick inspection and maintenance.
More information on Terex can be found at www.terex.com.
Some 1,000 attendees gathered March 5-8 at The Mirage in Las Vegas for the National Demolition Association (NDA) Annual Convention.
Demolition contractors and others involved in the industry toured the convention’s exhibit hall, took part in committee meetings, attended receptions and banquets and heard from several guest speakers.
Keynote speaker Clyde Fessler, who was active for many years in marketing and merchandising for motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson, provided an insider’s insight on how the company sharply upgraded its product quality and exponentially built its brand in a two-decade span.
In another session, Nathan Brainard of Insurance Office of America, Longwood, Fla., let the demolition industry know that his industry considers the demolition industry to have a high “hazard index” rating—but that there was hope.
Brainard related several ways in which contractors can help themselves lessen the chances of injuries and accidents and then take advantage of a clean track record via lower insurance rates.
He also listed misconceptions contractors might hold, including that “all policies are the same.” Instead, said
Brainard, there is a long list of clauses and exceptions that can differ from policy to policy.
The NDA’s Tuesday morning session featured an Industry Round Table in which seven different demolition contractors offered summaries of business conditions in their regions and their views on key industry issues.
“There seems to be a lot going on right now; we have work on the books,” said Mike Casbon of ERM Inc., who is working on a major project in Texas for the global demolition and environmental remediation company.
Tom Robinette of Chicago-based Robinette Demolition Inc. said the Chicago area is “seeing a significant increase in bid requests, which has caused some increase in activity—but others are waiting to pull the trigger,” he says of property owners and developers.
Another regional demolition viewpoint came from Ron Richey of Eugene, Ore.-based Staton Cos. “Up in the Northwest, we have a pretty robust demolition market,” he commented, citing work on government facilities and the demolition of obsolete industrial plants, including paper mills. “Overall, there’s some work to be bid and some profit to be had.”
The NDA’s 2012 Annual Convention will be in San Antonio March 10-13 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center & Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Buyers and sellers of ferrous scrap are in the midst of a 60-day period of relatively flat pricing, according to transaction survey data from the Raw Material Data Aggregation Service (RMDAS) that is compiled by Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA), Pittsburgh. Click here to access the April figures.
Prompt industrial grades enjoyed a modest price rise of $13 per ton (national average) in April, while shredded scrap and No. 1 heavy melting steel (HMS) was purchased, on average, within $5 of its March price.
For the second straight month, pricing for all ferrous grades across all regions was relatively stable in the April 2011 buying period, which RMDAS closed out on April 19th.
No. 2 shredded scrap (shred with more than 0.17 percent copper content) was purchased for an average price of $450 per ton on the spot market nationally, down $2 per ton from March.
Although prices for the three grades covered in the RMDAS Index moved closely in sync across all three RMDAS regions (North Central/East; North Midwest; and South), the biggest mover was the $23 per ton more paid for prompt grades in the South. That region consists of steel mills in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North and South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and part of Virginia.
The other grades in that region more closely followed the national trend, with shredded scrap gaining $1 in value and No. 1 HMS losing $5 per ton in value on the spot market.
Ferrous scrap markets were the topic of a Thursday, April 8, session at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI) Annual Convention in Los Angeles.
Panelists at the Ferrous Spotlight session included Randy Ehret of steelmaker Timken Co., Canton, Ohio. Ehret commented that Timken had recently purchased a mid-sized (City Scrap) scrap yard in Akron, Ohio.
Although the company is not certain that it will continue to purchase more yards, Ehret said “there is a logical reason” for a steel company to own a scrap company: “Those [steel companies] who do not have access to assured supply will be at a disadvantage.”
Patrick McCormick of World Steel Exchange, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., remarked that “everyone is concerned about price volatility” in the steel supply chain, from end-user manufacturers to scrap suppliers.
McCormick says he sees a scrap reservoir that is large enough to meet demand for scrap, although it often strains to do so. And in those stretches were demand recedes and prices decline, China will step in “when [ferrous scrap] is a great buy.”
He also noted that China’s ferrous scrap deficit is bound to shrink as obsolete consumer products begin to hit scrap yards there. However, as that point nears, China’s central government may encourage the construction of more electric arc furnace (EAF) steel mills.
John Harris of ArcelorMittal, who is based in Ontario, Canada for the Luxembourg-based steelmaker, noted that the scrap market has reduced seasonal mill demand patterns that North American scrap companies used to rely upon.
Harris also warned scrap processors to be sure that their radiation detection devices are in working order, since the possibility exists that contaminated scrap from northern Japan could make its way into the global scrap market.
On the demand side, world steel production in March 2011 checked in at 129 million metric tons, a figure 7 percent higher than the March 2010 global production figure.
That figure also was 11 million tons higher than the amount of steel produced the month before. In February of 2011, the 64 nations tracked by Worldsteel made 118 million metric tons of steel.
Steel mills in China churned out some 59.4 million metric tons of crude steel in March, some 5 million metric tons more than the country produced in March of 2010.
Many of the world’s other leading steelmaking nations, including the United States, Germany and Spain, reported flat production figures compared to March 2010. Production in South Korea increased by more than 14 percent compared to the year before, while Japan’s production decreased about 3 percent, perhaps a small decrease considering the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami there.
The RMDAS Ferrous Scrap Price Index is based on data gathered from a statistically significant compilation of verified ferrous scrap purchase transactions.
RMDAS is a service of Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA), Pittsburgh. Those seeking more information about RMDAS can contact MSA’s Jeralyn Brown at 724-265-6574 or via e-mail at JBrown@MSA.com.