To hear that construction unemployment is at its lowest rate since September 2000, on the surface seems like good news, but a low unemployment rate for the construction industry tells a different story, one of fewer skilled workers available to employ.
In just the last three years, Recycling Today Editor Brian Taylor and I have penned at least half a dozen Editor’s Focuses in this magazine dedicated to the issue of the skilled labor shortage in the construction and the related industry of demolition.
There is a reason this topic has taken up so much ink. Covering this subject in the magazine is certainly helping to spread awareness about this issue, but more needs to be done.
The number of unemployed jobseekers in the construction industry is the lowest it has been in 15 years, or 5.5 percent, while at the same time, growth in construction spending was at a nine-year high in August, with a 13.7 percent growth over the same month in 2015.
Officials with the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Virginia, cautioned that this most recent hiring slowdown most likely reflects a lack of available workers that could lead to project delays unless more students and workers join the construction sector.
Ken Simonson, AGC’s chief economist, says, “Growth in the construction workforce has been slowing throughout 2015, just at the time that construction spending has accelerated to a multiyear high. Contractors would love to hire more workers but there aren’t enough qualified craft workers or supervisors available.”
Simonson’s take is concerning. “The most likely explanation for these divergent trends is that the pool of unemployed workers with construction experience has evaporated. Overwhelmingly, contractors say they are having trouble finding workers to fill a variety of craft and supervisory positions.” (Eighty-six percent of firms polled by the AGC in September said they had difficulty filling hourly craft or salaried positions.)
This worker shortage is a problem that cannot be ignored with the hopes that the situation will get better. While the written word can be an effective motivator, the situation cannot improve without programs to encourage careers in construction and demolition fields. Those who own construction firms, those who develop curriculums and those who work in the industry all can encourage the pursuit of a career in the various construction trades.
I am certain this will not be the last time that this Editor’s Focus talks about the importance of attracting the younger generations and more women to the construction industry, but I hope it will cause those in the industry to ask how they can do a better job at promoting their industry to ensure the high-quality construction and demolition work that the U.S. is known for globally will continue in the future.
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Hartl forms North American business unit
Hartl Crusher, an Austrian crushing and screening equipment manufacturer, has formed Hartl Crusher North America LLC, based in Henderson, Nevada. Martin Hartl will serve as vice president of the new subsidiary of Hartl Crusher, which has been in business for more than 40 years.
Hartl says the launch of Hartl Crusher North America is the result of intensive marketing and customer research over the past few years across North America to enable the company to invest in its goals of creating a long-term success in a vital world market.
Hartl Crusher North America will support and service the company’s existing and new customers and dealers in the U.S. and Canada. The location will offer a central spare parts depot, training center and demo area to provide a solid base for long-term support and success of the Hartl Crusher product range, the company says.
Hartl says the newly formed subsidiary will hold the same mission as its parent company, which is to offer the “best market products through a selected dealer network, backed up through professional factory support.”
Martin Hartl says, “The Hartl history in the United States goes back to the 1980s when my father Franz and his brother Adolf Hartl started to market their skid, wheel and later track-mounted crushers along with their screeners and recycling plants.”
California’s Monterey Regional Waste Management District selects BHS for multiline MRF
The Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD), Marina, California, has chosen Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to design, manufacture and install its new materials recovery facility (MRF). The multiline system is slated to open in September 2016 and is designed to process more than 30 tons per hour (tph) of single-stream recyclables, 40 tph of mixed waste and 40 tph of construction and demolition (C&D) materials.
The MRWMD serves an 853-square-mile area in western coastal Monterey County. In 2012, it opened the country’s first Smartferm dry anaerobic digestion facility to convert organics into electricity and compost. The MRF announcement continues the organization’s leadership and will support the 75 percent diversion goal adopted by the district board, as well as the state of California’s 75 percent diversion goal by 2020.
The system features two infeeds: one for C&D materials and one for either single stream or mixed waste. A BHS bag breaker, Debris Roll screens and Nihot single drum separators are designed to provide the flexibility to process both material types in the mixed materials line. Also featured are polishing screens and NRT optical sorters, including an NRT FiberPure system, designed to maximize the recovery and purity of fiber and containers. The system also will recover organics, glass, wood and aggregates.
“This advanced system highlights the increased demand for flexible processing,” says BHS CEO Steve Miller. “Screen, air and optical sorting are working together to process either single stream or mixed materials with high recovery rates. The MRWMD continues to show leadership in solid waste management, including anaerobic digestion, and should be an example for other communities throughout the country to follow. They have aggressive goals and are implementing state-of-the-art technology to divert 75 percent of incoming materials from a variety of material streams.”
Paladin merges Jewell, CWS lines into portfolio
Paladin Attachments, a Dexter, Michigan-based manufacturer of couplers and attachments, has announced the integration of CWS Industries and Jewell Manufacturing into its North American business operations.
Jewell Manufacturing, based in Portland, Oregon, provides machines and attachments designed for harsh environments, including the demolition, scrap recycling, construction, forestry and material handling industries.
Canada-based CWS makes attachments for the construction, mining, forestry and oil and gas markets. The company has been providing its equipment to customers for more than five decades. Prior to the integration, CWS had been a Paladin distributor in western Canada since being acquired in 2012 by Oak Brook, Illinois-based International Equipment Solutions (IES), Paladin’s parent company.
The addition of both brands supports Paladin’s “continued product diversification objectives and improves its presence in the market as the largest manufacturer of coupler systems and attachment tools,” the company says.
Mike Flannery, vice president and general manager of Paladin, says, “The additions of CWS Industries and Jewell Manufacturing, coupled with the previously announced acquisition of Kodiak Manufacturing, as well as implementation of our organic growth strategies, will catapult Paladin to new heights in achieving unique levels of customer satisfaction.”
Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. expands distribution network in Pacific Northwest
Liebherr Construction Equipment Co., Newport News, Virginia, has signed a new dealer agreement with Orion Equipment Co.Orion Equipment is responsible for the promotion, sales and service for the full line of Liebherr earthmoving and material handling equipment in the states of Washington and Oregon.
Orion Equipment and its affiliated businesses have been serving as an authorized dealer and distributor for numerous manufacturers for more than 30 years. The company has an extensive customer portfolio operating in heavy and civil construction, logging and forestry, demolition, scrap and recycling industries combined with numerous local, state and federal governments. Offering sales, parts, equipment rental, overhaul and repair services from its Seattle and Vancouver, Washington, locations, Orion says it has a large inventory of construction machinery and parts.
Van Ruiter, president and CEO of Orion, says, “The breadth and depth of the product lines that Liebherr offers, coupled with their exceptional quality, makes it the partner for the unique construction, demolition and material handling needs of this region. In addition to typical commercial and residential construction, the Pacific Northwest also includes ports, large infrastructure projects, logging and other regionally specific industries that Liebherr equipment is uniquely designed to handle.”
Peter Mayr, president of Liebherr Construction Equipment, adds, “We are very excited for this new business relationship and look forward to working with the team at Orion Equipment. Their corporate values are similar to those of Liebherr. Their professional approach and their focus to provide excellent service are assets that Liebherr customers will benefit from.”
Benlee conducts safety and operations training
Romulus, Michigan-based roll-off trailer manufacturer Benlee held its first roll-off trailer safety and operations training session Sept. 17, 2015. The free training was open to all customers.
According to the company, the training session was well-attended, included some of the largest U.S. scrap metal companies and provided classroom and “hands-on” operational training. Benlee says it was attended by a diverse group from various parts of the U.S. and Canada made up of company owners, safety directors, owner operators, service personnel and drivers.
Benlee says it will continue to hold future such styled events to help promote safety and operations.
Bandit adds three new dealers
Bandit Industries Inc., Remus, Michigan, has announced its continued effort to add to its network of dealers in North America with the addition of three new dealers. Each location will offer Bandit equipment and support and service to the wood processing equipment company’s customers. The three new Bandit dealers are located in Alabama, Georgia and northwestern U.S.
Leeds, Alabama-based Southland Machinery is central and northern Alabama’s source for construction equipment sales, service and parts, including Bandit small equipment. Southland specializes in excavators, skid steers, wheel loaders, telehandlers, rough terrain and industrial forklifts, backhoe loaders, off-highway dump trucks and Bandit hand-fed chippers and stump grinders.
FMI Equipment, Spokane Valley, Washington, is a locally owned small business serving eastern Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana. The company is a fully authorized dealer for Terex compact equipment, Takeuchi, Echo/Shindaiwa, Scag, Exmark and Bandit hand-fed chippers and stump grinders. With more than 100 years of combined experience in logging, compact equipment, construction and landscape industries, Bandit says FMI is well prepared to handle its customers’ equipment needs.
Yancey Bros. Co., Austell, Georgia, is the source of large Bandit equipment for the state of Georgia, from the Appalachians to the Atlantic. In business for more than 100 years, and with more than 20 dealer locations, Yancey Bros. has remained committed to offering equipment and support to keep up with its customers’ changing needs, Bandit says.
Yancey Bros. will offer Bandit’s complete lines of whole tree chippers, forestry mowers and The Beast horizontal grinders. Bandit Industries is a wood processing equipment company that offers a complete line of small equipment, including hand-fed chippers, stump grinders and skid-steer loader attachments.
Sparta awarded contract for Wisconsin C&D MRF
Sparta Manufacturing, based in Notre-Dame, New Brunswick, has been awarded the contract to provide professional design, construction, and installation services for a turnkey construction and demolition (C&D) material recovery facility (MRF) sorting system at the Dane County Landfill site in Madison, Wisconsin.
Sparta Manufacturing is providing the overall system design, integration and installation of all equipment, as well as the manufacturing of all conveyors, sort lines and steelworks package. Integrated in this system is vibratory technology from Crystal Lake, Illinois-based General Kinematics—the finger-screen and de-stoner air classifier/density separator, for screening and separation.
This new C&D MRF, designed to accommodate up to 350 tons per day of C&D waste, will be installed in Dane County’s waste transfer station building, which is undergoing a building modification and expansion to house its new facility.
Landfill Reduction And Recycling Inc., a Wisconsin-based C&D waste management recycling company, will be operating the facility through an innovative public/private partnership with Dane County.
The Sparta dual processing line C&D recycling system has been designed to provide maximum opportunity to efficiently separate the growing urban and commercial C&D waste stream into several material types. The leading recyclable products include: clean wood, mixed aggregates, metals, cardboard, shingles and alternate daily cover.
KPI-JCI employee honored for military support
Ryan Newman, director of parts for KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, (KPI-JCI/AMS), Yankton, South Dakota, has been honored with the Patriotic Employer Award for ongoing support of servicemen and women in the National Guard and Reserve Force.
Newman was recognized for providing outstanding support to a member of the National Guard or Army Reserve by the South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) organization. Newman was nominated by Kyle LaCroix, an outside parts sales representative and a sergeant in the 960th Quartermaster Company of the Army Reserves.
LaCroix, who has worked for KPI-JCI since March 2014, says he appreciates working for an employer that makes it easy for him to serve his country while finding success in a civilian job.
“It means so much to have a supportive employer, as well as a manager like Ryan Newman,” says LaCroix. “I know it can be difficult to allow an employee to take off two weeks in the summer with no replacement, but Kolberg-Pioneer has been completely understanding of my military obligation.”
Newman says, “Kyle has been an exemplary employee, and the skills he brings from his military service—such as leadership, responsibility, pride in his work, discipline and professionalism—are invaluable to the company. We are proud to support him as he serves our country and are glad to go above and beyond what is required to support our men and women in the military.”
Hyundai introduces Tier 4 Final-compliant excavators to North American market
Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas (CEA) Inc., Norcross, Georgia, has introduced its new 9A series of Tier 4 Final-compliant compact excavators to the United States and Canada.
The machines range from 1.7 to 8.2 metric tons, and include the mini R17Z-9A, R25Z-9A, R35Z-9A, R55-9A and R60CR-9A models and the mini R80CR-9A model.
“The new Hyundai 9A series compact excavators are all about bringing big power to small spaces,” says Corey Rogers, marketing manager, Hyundai CEA. “Each model features an environmentally friendly engine that provides impressive performance and reduced fuel consumption. Our customers in the building, landscaping, road and bridge, site prep and underground markets in particular will appreciate the hefty power, durability and reliability of these compact machines, along with their ability to work productively in confined spaces.”
The Hyundai 9A series models R17Z-9A and R25Z-9A are powered by Kubota engines, and the R35Z-9A, R55-9A, R60CR-9A and R80CR-9A are powered by Yanmar engines. Hyundai says both the Kubota and Yanmar engines provide efficient fuel combustion and reduced noise.
9A series models are available in six weight classes: 1.7, 2.5, 3.5, 5.5, 6.0 and 8.2 metric tons.
“The Hyundai 9A series compact excavators are designed for maximum performance, precision and versatility, with features and technology that make the operating experience more comfortable, more ergonomic and more user-friendly,” Rogers says.
// Demolition projects
Florida demolition firm dismantles inverted pyramid structure
Demolition of an inverted pyramid at the head of a pier in St. Petersburg, Florida, is nearing completion. The inverted pyramid is being demolished by Sonny Glasbrenner Inc., Clearwater, Florida, for $3.2 million.
The structure is being removed for the development of Pier Park, a $46 million development to include a series of parks, shops, bike and walking trails and other recreational facilities. The new park is scheduled to open in spring 2018.
Once the pyramid demolition is complete, crews will demolish the rest of the pier and pier approach work will begin.
The city has set up a time-lapsed video of the demolition process on its website. The video is updated each Friday and can be seen by clicking on “updates” at www.newstpetepier.com, which also has renderings and details about the Pier Park design.
According to local reports, the inverted pyramid was built in 1973, but the city began making plans to replace it in 2005 rather than bear the maintenance expenses for the deteriorating structure. The pyramid has been closed for two years.
Sonny Glasbrenner is using MagneGas, a fuel derived from liquid waste, for the steel cutting portion of the demolition.
Ohio ranks No. 1 in metals theft
Ohio, the home of college football’s national champion Ohio State Buckeyes, has claimed a second title it probably does not wish to retain: the state with the most metal theft insurance claims.
However, statistics gathered by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), Des Plaines, Illinois, indicate that in the U.S. insured metal theft claims in 2014 were down 8 percent from 2012 levels. The decrease continues a recent trend, says the NICB.
In 2012, a total of 13,731 metal theft claims were processed. The number dropped to 13,632 in 2013 and decreased again to 12,630 in 2014—a decline of 8 percent compared with 2012.
Regarding state comparisons, as in the NICB’s previous report on metal theft, Ohio ranked first, generating 4,438 metal theft claims, which was far ahead of second-place Pennsylvania (2,770). Texas (2,379), New Jersey (2,192) and California (2,127) round out the five leading states.
During the three-year period slightly less than 40,000 insurance claims for the theft of copper, bronze, brass and aluminum were handled, with the vast majority of them (98 percent) involving copper.
Declining prices for copper are having an effect, says NICB. “When the number of metal theft claims per month and monthly average copper prices are compared, the number of claims filed is found to have a statistically significant correlation with the price of copper,” says the group.
The top five metropolitan regions generating the most metal theft claims were:
- New York-Newark-Jersey City (2,066);
- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington (1,581);
- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin (1,487);
- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell (1,086); and
- Detroit-Warren-Dearborn (945).
Cooper Tank obtains RCI certification
Cooper Tank Recycling, Brooklyn, New York, has had its mixed C&D facility recycling rate methodology certified by the Recycling Certification Institute (RCI), Sacramento, California.
The RCI announced Cooper Tank Recycling’s certification in late September 2015, along with that of Construction and Demolition Recycling Inc. (CDR), South Gate, California.
“Cooper Tank Recycling is the first facility in the Northeast to become certified under the CORR (Certification of Recycling Rates) protocol,” says RCI. Cooper Tank processes more than 300,000 tons of mixed C&D material per year on about 1 acre, according to RCI.
RCI was established to verify facility recycling rates in part to ensure compliance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scoring system established and maintained by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Washington.
// Green building
Nashville, Tennessee, office building earns LEED Gold certification
Gulch Crossing, a recently opened office building located in Nashville, Tennessee’s historic Gulch district, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality all factored into the designation.
Key sustainability factors include:
- 18 percent energy usage reduction over conventional buildings;
- 41 percent water use reduction (resulting in over 650,000 gallons of annual water savings);
- 72 percent reduction in landscaping water usage through water efficient landscape design;
- 81 percent (1,854 tons) of construction waste was recycled;
- preferred parking is provided for low emitting vehicles and fuel efficient vehicles; and
- reduced heat island effect through 90 percent of the parking being under cover and 75 percent of the building’s roof being highly reflective.
The developer, MarketStreet, worked with Nashville firm SSR Sustainability Consulting to help manage the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification process. “We were fortunate to work with MarketStreet, an owner committed to developing a building with a strong community presence while maintaining a low impact on the environment,” says Eric Sheffer, principal at SSR. “Gulch Crossing does just that, easily integrating itself into the surrounding sustainable community while standing apart with its unique design and features.”
The companies say extensive consideration was taken in the architecture and design to ensure modern elements were environmentally efficient. For example, the building’s exterior is highlighted by cedar accents designed to pay homage to the area’s past as a railroad yard. The Forest Stewardship Council certified 96 percent of the cedar used.
Additionally, MarketStreet says it worked closely with ESa architects to ensure the modern architecture did not compromise energy efficiency.
// Demolition projects
Louisiana bridge demolition to be featured on UK TV show
Demolition of the O.K. Allen Bridge in Alexandria, Louisiana, will be featured on a European television series.
According to a report on TheTownTalk.com, A television crew from London flew in to film the bridge demolition for a 10-part television series called “The Demolition Man” to be shown in Europe in 2016.
The demolition of the 79-year-old bridge was slated for Sept. 26.
The new Curtis-Coleman Memorial Bridge, which is next to the O.K. Allen Bridge, was closed to accommodate the demolition and subsequent inspection. Boat traffic on the Red River also was halted before, during and after the demolition.
According to the article, explosives were used to separate the bridge’s steel superstructure into 14 pieces. Those pieces were dropped into the Red River then hauled to the river banks to be cut up for scrap.
The two-person TV crew from London was scheduled to be on the river—away from the blast radius—to film the demolition, the report says.
The 10-part show is expected to broadcast in 2016 on a channel called Insights, which the article says is similar to Discovery Channel.
The O.K. Allen Bridge opened in 1936 and closed in March when the first span of the Curtis-Coleman Memorial Bridge opened to traffic. Work is proceeding on the second span, an area that is next to what remains of the O.K. Allen Bridge, and that span is expected to be ready by the end of the year.
The concrete from the roadway and the ramps leading to the main span of the old bridge were removed in advance of the September explosive demolition. All that remains of the bridge in the Red River are the large concrete piers, which will be removed at a later date.
// Demolition projects
Controlled implosion takes down Buffalo, New York, hospital
The main tower of Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital in Buffalo, New York, came down in seconds in front of hundreds of spectators early Oct. 3.
According to local reports, a plunger on the top of a nearby parking garage provided the catalyst for the implosion of the 11-story building.
Buffalo-based Ontario Specialty Contracting completed the demolition. It will take approximately three months to sort, recycle and haul away the debris.
In Memoriam: Rick Givan
Patrick Charles (Rick) Givan passed away in September 2015 at his home in Erie, Colorado, at the age of 70. Givan had a long-time presence in the Colorado concrete recycling and demolition industries, including playing a major role for Recycled Materials Co. Inc. (RMCI), Arvada, Colorado, in the recycling of 6 million tons of concrete at the former Stapleton Airport.
Givan was a United States Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran who earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado. In addition to his work with RMCI and the multi-year Stapleton Airport project, Givan served as a board member of the National Demolition Association, Washington, and worked for Denver-based Fiore & Sons Inc. as a special project manager.
He is survived by his wife Pamela Givan of Erie, Colorado; his daughters’ Shannon (Chris) Walsweer and Meredith (Barth) Quenzer, and three grandchildren. Givan’s family requests memorial donations be made to Mountain View Fire Rescue Foundation in Longmont, Colorado.
// Demolition projects
Brandenburg to highlight Chicago project at World Demolition Summit
Dennis McGarel, vice president of sales at Brandenburg Industrial Service Co., Chicago, will use the World Demolition Summit (WDS) conference to outline the company’s work on the removal of the Prentice Women’s Hospital and Maternity Center in Chicago.
The conference takes place Nov. 6 in Amsterdam. McGarel will discuss the challenges faced by the contractor in demolishing a cantilevered nine-story, four cylindrical tower structure sitting on top of a rectangular five-story lower structure. In addition to these challenges, court action prevented demolition, leading to delays of more than a year on the project.
Other event speakers include:
- David Sinclair, who will present the keynote address, which focuses on a life in demolition;
- Henrik Bonnesen of COWI on a Danish investigation into polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) sources;
- Clinton Dick of Liberty International on the decommissioning of a massive harbor crane in Sydney Harbour; and
- William Sinclair of Safedem on demolition and urban redevelopment.
More information is available at www.khl.com/wds.
Sorce Services buys property in Wisconsin
Construction and demolition materials recycling company Sorce Services LLC, Franksville, Wisconsin, has reportedly purchased a 32,400-square-foot building in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
According to an online report by the Milwaukee Business Journal, Sorce Services paid $1.1 million for the building, which had been on the market since early July 2015.
The building was formerly owned by Waukesha County, which had used it to operate a recycling center for paper, bottles and cans collected throughout the county. Earlier in 2015, Waukesha County consolidated its recycling sorting and processing with the city of Milwaukee.
A real estate broker quoted in the article says there were two bidders for the building, which sold quickly in a market where demand for 20,000-to-40,000-square-foot industrial buildings is exceeding supply.
// Green building
Port Everglades receives its first LEED certification
Broward County, Florida’s Port Everglades received its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for Cruise Terminal 4, which underwent many energy-efficient improvements when it was expanded and completely renovated over the past year.
To receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve certification. Construction features that contributed to the terminal’s eligibility for LEED certification include:
- recycled concrete and asphalt used in construction;
- low-water usage toilets/urinals and fixtures;
- energy-efficient lighting inside and outside as well as the use of natural lighting within the terminal;
- energy-efficient air conditioning and windows;
- remote control of the lighting and air conditioning systems;
- use of regional materials manufactured within 500 miles of the port; and
- low VOC (volatile organic compounds) products used for paints, coating, flooring and adhesives.
“We decided to renovate Cruise Terminal 4 specifically to comply with LEED guidelines because the certification is widely recognized and it supports Broward County’s sustainability efforts to make buildings more energy efficient and invest in renewable and alternative energy technologies,” says Steven Cernak, chief executive and port director, Port Everglades.
Port Everglades also has a portwide energy management program that includes most of the Broward County-owned buildings and facilities so many of the port’s other cruise terminals also are energy-efficient buildings.
// Demolition projects
Fireball signals implosion
The Riverfront YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa, was imploded on Oct. 4. A large fireball rose up from the 54-year-old building signaling the beginning of the implosion, performed by D.W. Zinser Co., of Walford, Iowa.
The implosion took about nine seconds. A portion of the building was demolished prior to the implosion, and materials were salvaged or recycled.
// Concrete & aggregates
Cherry honored with Clean Air Champion award
Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) hosted its 15th annual Clean Air Leadership Awards Program to honor Cherry Cos. with the Clean Air Champion Award, along with 26 other local businesses, organizations and governments, for their commitment to support voluntary measures reducing air pollution and promoting regional air quality initiatives.
Cherry has implemented the clean fleet program with a no-idling policy for its trucking fleet that move recyclable material and stabilized sand around the Houston metropolitan area.
Cherry is a recycling and demolition company based in Houston. Family owned and operated since 1952, Cherry specializes in the removal of all types of structures. In addition, Cherry’s eight Houston area recycling centers produce a variety of grades of recycled products and deliver 99.6 percent completely recycled materials.
Producing more than 2 million tons of concrete and asphalt and thousands of tons of steel every year, Cherry also recycles residential composition asphalt shingles and tires, making Cherry one of the largest recyclers in Texas and the Gulf Coast region.
The HGAC is a voluntary association of local governments and elected officials from the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region —an area of 12,500 square miles with more than 6 million people.
// Wood & biomass
Wood products industry releases wood reuse website
The American Wood Council (AWC), Leesburg, Virginia, and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC), Ottawa, Ontario, have partnered with the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA), Chicago, to develop an online North American directory outlining reuse and recycling options for wood and wood products. The website is www.ReuseWood.org.
“For wood products, there has historically been a lack of awareness of the opportunities to recycle and reuse wood products, and thereby extend their useful life. We are aiming to change that,” says AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski. “Our industry wants to do its part when it comes to the full life cycle impact of our products. It’s our hope that this directory will help educate builders, designers and consumers on the many opportunities to salvage, recycle or reuse wood products, in turn reducing waste.”
CWC President Michael Giroux adds, “Various construction sector stakeholders are increasingly being called upon to balance functionality and cost objectives with reduced environmental impacts on the built environment.”
Giroux continues, “This online resource is one of the ways the wood industry is taking ownership in the areas of reuse and recycle—affirming the renewable qualities of wood and wood products, and assisting the design/construction communities in reaching their green objectives.”
Features of the website include:
- the business directory is accessible via both map and list, with a number of sorting capabilities;
- individual listing pages show the contact information, location and available services for each business; and
- the sustainable wood guide includes useful information and articles on different wood products and the opportunities for wood reuse or recycling.
// Legislation & regulations
EPA offers $13.2 million in supplemental funds to clean up contaminated brownfields sites
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced approximately $13.2 million in supplemental funding to help transform communities by cleaning up contaminated brownfields properties. Supplemental funding of the Revolving Loan Funding (RLF) will be given to 31 successful RLF grantees helping 44 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects.
The RLF grantees provide a level of funding for cleanups that isn’t available through traditional financing options or through other brownfield grants, serving as the critical gap financing needed to jump-start the redevelopment process, says EPA, adding, RLF funding is often the last key piece of funding needed to make the cleanup and reuse of the property happen. RLFs supply funding for loans and subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. When these loans are repaid, the loan amount is then returned to the fund and relended to other borrowers, providing an ongoing sustainable source of capital within a community for additional cleanup of brownfield sites. The supplemental funding to each grantee ranges from about $250,000 to $700,000.
The supplemental funds help keep the cleanup momentum going so that more cleanups can be completed. To date, RLF grantees have completed over 400 cleanups, leveraged approximately 15,000 jobs and over $5 billion of public and private funding.
The grantees receiving supplemental funding this year continue to demonstrate a high-level of preparedness to undertake specific shovel-ready projects and have the committed leveraged funds necessary to move projects forward, says EPA. This year’s supplemental funds will support an array of cleanup and redevelopment projects across the country. For example:
- The city of Kansas City, Missouri, will use its funding to continue making loans to clean brownfields sites—similar to what they have done at the Ivanhoe Gateway at 39th street project where the RLF helped in the financing of a brownfield cleanup project, which enabled the nearly $5 million first phase of this $100 million redevelopment project to proceed. Construction is underway on seven two-story duplex units to be followed by 12 one-story senior cottages.
- Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission will contribute $500,000 toward a $1.12 million loan to Biddeford, Maine, for the Lincoln Mill site. The site will be a mixed-use development with 92 residential units and a 79-room hotel with a meeting space, restaurant and pool.
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) will use its supplemental funding for the Freight Residences in Denver. The Freight Residence project will include mixed-use residential and commercial spaces. In addition to providing much needed housing for the area, there also is extensive job creation potential from the commercial redevelopment aspects of the project.
- Detroit/Wayne County will make a loan to the Henry Ford Community Heath project in Michigan. The reuse will support buildings for Henry Ford Hospital as well as mixed-use development, including retail near the hospital. The project will create jobs in a community economically disrupted by the closure of auto plants and other manufacturing. RLF funded projects for the Henry Ford Hospital have already leveraged $30 million.
- The city of Rockford, Illinois, will make a loan to clean up the Rockford Watch Factory. The site will be home to a downtown sports complex. The project has $18 million in state grants, local bonds and city funding.
An estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated sites are in the U.S., according to EPA. More information on EPA’s brownfields program is available at www.epa.gov/brownfields.
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Five hazardous waste sites added to Superfund list
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added five hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and the environment to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). A separate action includes a proposal to add seven sites to the list. They are:
- Estech General Chemical Co. (pesticide manufacturer), Calumet City, Illinois;
- Colonial Creosote (wood treatment plant), Bogalusa, Louisiana;
- BJAT LLC, Franklin, Massachusetts;
- Main Street Ground Water Plume, Burnet, Texas; and
- Grain Handling Facility at Freeman, Freeman, Washington.
Further, seven sites have been proposed for addition to the NPL. They are:
- PCE Former Dry Cleaner (dry cleaner), Atlantic, Iowa;
- Old American Zinc Plant (zinc smelter), Fairmont City, Illinois;
- West Vermont Drinking Water Contamination (ground water plume), Indianapolis;
- SBA Shipyard (barge construction), Jennings, Lousiana;
- Iowa-Nebraska Light & Power Co. (former manufactured gas plant), Norfolk, Nebraska;
- Former Kil-Tone Co. (pesticide manufacturer), Vineland, New Jersey; and
- Lea and West Second Street (ground water plume), Roswell, New Mexico.
The sites have characteristics and conditions that vary in size, complexity and contamination, says EPA.
1. McCloskey self-contained desegregating conveyors. McCloskey International, based in Peterborough, Ontario, has introduced the first in a new line of self-contained desegregating conveyors designed to enhance and streamline materials handling. The SDX-130 is a 36-inch-by-130-foot desegregating telescoping stacker. Features include:
- desegregates and maximizes stockpile capacity using a fully automated and highly flexible control system
- onboard diesel hydraulic unit makes the SDX-130 highly portable for mobile screens and crushers on-site
- design reflects feedback from customers in a cross-section of applications and industries
Visit www.mccloskeyinternational.com for more information.
2. Builtrite electric handler. Builtrite Handlers & Attachments, Two Harbors, Minnesota, has introduced the Model 2300-SE as the newest member of its stationary electric material handler lineup. Features include:
- designed for handling scrap, solid waste, construction and demolition debris, wood and other materials
- lack of emissions makes it ideal for indoor use
- reach of from 32 to 35 feet, depending on the style of boom
- lift capacity of up to 23,300 pounds, depending on the boom length
- optional cab risers, remote controls, auto lube and remote power unit
Visit www.builtritehandlers.com for more information.
3. ClearSpan Fabric Structures Giant Doors. ClearSpan Fabric Structures, headquartered in South Windsor, Connecticut, has introduced Giant Doors to its line of buildings and accessories. Features include:
- can be custom designed and provide an entryway that is large enough for most vehicles, machinery or equipment
- pairs only with ClearSpan buildings
- bifold design maximizes headroom and wall clearance
- design allows the door to elevate within its threshold, saving interior and exterior space
- constructed with a corrosion-resistant, galvanized steel frame with multiple cladding options, including fabric, polycarbonate and steel
Visit www.clearspan.com for more information.
4. Mack Manufacturing new product line. Theodore, Alabama-based Mack Manufacturing Inc. has introduced a series of self-contained remotely operated crane bucket and grapple attachments ranging from 3/8-cubic-yard capacity up to a 20-yard capacity. Features include:
- small-sized grapples and buckets were developed for customers in forestry, recycling, aggregate and shipping industries
- designed to handle a wide array of materials, including scrap metal, waste, logs, rock and other bulk materials
- the smallest of the Mack attachments are powered by 14-horsepower air-cooled Hatz diesel engines, while the largest models use 85-horsepower air-cooled Deutz diesels
- maneuvered by hand-held radio controls
Visit mackmfg.com for more information.
5. Vecoplan V-Eco shredders. Vecoplan, Archdale, North Carolina, has introduced the V-Eco line of shredders to its offerings. Features include:
- variable frequency inverter drives (VFD) eliminate gearboxes and fluid couplings
- “W” rotors embedded with five rows of cutters are suitable for flexible, fibrous, rigid and bulky materials
- single or double rows of bed knives for increased shredding surface
- pneumatic assist drop-down screen carriages for quick rotor access
- hydraulic lift-up cutting chamber floor
- externally adjustable bed knives
Visit www.vecoplanllc.com for more information.
6. Siltbuster wet waste separation system. Siltbuster, a U.K.-based provider of wet waste separation systems, has introduced the Gritbuster WT-250, a larger version of its material washing, separation and aggregate recovery system. Features include:
- aimed at the road sweeping and trommel fines recycling markets
- capable of handling more than 25 metric tons of material per hour
- feedstocks can be separated into washed gravel and sand products
- designed to wash and separate the aggregate while minimizing the risk of contaminating the sand product with organic matter
- integral hydraulic density separator is used to separate coarse aggregate from plastic, sticks and other debris
Visit www.siltbuster.com for more information.
7. Genesis XT Mobile shears. Genesis Attachments, Superior, Wisconsin, has added the GXT 225, GXT 1555 and GXT 2055 straight and rotator models to its line of XT mobile shears. Features include:
- entire line of 18 models fits 25,000- to 625,000-pound excavators
- shorter and lighter than other models
- closer center of gravity to the excavator enables models to mount on excavators that previously could only carry smaller shears
- the apex is closer to the back of the jaws, providing improved material gathering, increased cutting performance and reduced maintenance, according to the company
Visit www.genesisattachments.com more information.
8. Komptech separator. Komptech, with global headquarters in Austria, has introduced the Komptech Hurrifex, which combines a stone separator and wind sifter in a single machine. Features include:
- stones, inert and light items can be removed from a wide variety of material streams in a single work step with a separation rate of up to 95 percent
- separation requires one process on one machine, saving space, material handling effort, energy costs and transportation costs
- has the ability to clean up the screen overflow from compost, which when cleaned can be used as a biomass fuel
- a low-emissions diesel generator is available as an option for users who need off-grid flexibility
- can be ideal for wood scrap and mixed construction scrap processing
Visit www.komptech.com for more information.