Business Briefs

By Staff | April 03, 2012

AF&PA board elects new chairman and officers

The American Forest & Paper Association elected Alexander Toeldte, chairman and CEO of Boise Inc., as board chairman, and announced the 2012 slate of board officers. 

Toeldte has served as president and CEO of Boise Inc. since February 2008.  Since being elected to AF&PA’s board of directors in November of the same year, Toeldte has been an active member of the board, serving in leadership positions within the CEO Task Force and committee structure.  Toeldte studied economics at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat in Freiburg, Germany, and received his master’s degree in business administration from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Also elected to officer positions on the AF&PA board were:  David W. Scheible, president and CEO of Graphic Packaging Corp.; John D. Williams, president and CEO of Domtar Inc.; and Jim Hannan, president and CEO of Georgia-Pacific LLC.

Others beginning terms as members of the AF&PA board of directors in 2012 are: William B. Johnson, CEO of Johnson Timber Co.; George D. Jones, president and CEO of Seaman Paper Co.; Frank Papa, president and CEO of The Newark Group; Allan F. Trinkwald, president of Simpson Investment Co.; and Russell Wanke, vice president and general manager of Thilmany Papers LLC.

The AF&PA board of directors currently consists of 29 presidents, chairmen and CEOs representing the broad spectrum of the forest products industry.


Vecoplan appoints William Davison as service director

William Davison has been named service director of Vecoplan LLC, a shredding, recycling and waste processing technology provider. His new responsibilities include planning and allocation of resources and scheduling, as well as management of maintenance and service on existing machines, systems and control panels in the field.

Formerly general manager at Sieger Mechanical Maintenance LTD, Davison brings to Vecoplan more than 22 years of mechanical and electrical maintenance experience in the industrial sector.


Vermeer Corp. makes equity investment in McLaughlin

Vermeer Corp. has made a minority equity investment in construction equipment manufacturer McLaughlin Group Inc.

Dave Gasmovic, president of McLaughlin, is the primary shareholder and will continue to lead operations.  Jeff Wage, a veteran of the construction industry, joins McLaughlin as vice president and an equity partner, while the minority equity investment by Vermeer provides a deeper strategic relationship with McLaughlin.

This new ownership arrangement will not affect the current branding or distribution of McLaughlin products, including vacuum excavation systems, auger boring systems, locators and attachments, according to the companies. 


Fecon announces new dealer and service provider

Power Equipment Co. will be added to the list of dealers and service providers for Fecon in Tennessee, Northwest Georgia, Northeast Arkansas, Northern Mississippi and Western Virginia. Power Equipment will offer Fecon’s line of Bull Hog mulchers, FTX track carriers and various other forestry attachments.
Fecon and Power Equipment Co. will work together to fulfill the land clearing, vegetation management, right-of-way clearing and site preparation equipment needs of their customers. Power Equipment will also be a local service facility for Fecon products and customers.


Atlas Energy Technologies Inc. recruits new CEO

Richard Bradshaw will serve as the new CEO of Atlas Energy Technologies, Inc. AET is a five-year-old, company based in Rantoul, Ill., that has developed an innovative systems approach to converting biomass waste into energy. 

The technology, trademarked Integrated Nutrient Fixation, is a holistic approach to utilizing all the available energy and nutrient content of all types of biomass by producing biogas, biofuels, carbon-enriched fertilizer, and potable water.  The system is scalable and modular. The company also offers several mix-and-match modules that produce gas, fuels, fertilizers, organic acids, and clean water.  AET is designing systems for forest biomass in New Mexico, fire control, large-scale hog farming in Iowa, rural development in southern Africa, and sewage-disposal-with-power-generation for high-rise buildings in the Middle East.

Bradshaw has 15 years of experience in renewable energy technology development, project funding, and project development. He has provided consulting and government affairs services to more than 40 small firms and several universities. He worked for the U.S. Department of Energy until 2001, and was a major contributor to President Bill Clinton’s seminal Executive Order in 2000 that set goals for research and development, as well as commercialization of biofuels and bioenergy.


GEA Nu-Con rotary valves are designed for dairy industry

GEA Nu-Con rotary valves are specifically designed to comply with USDA regulations and offer several distinctive features to meet the demanding requirements of the dairy industry.

Tools-free demounting affords a convenient method to remove the rotor from the valve body and features precise rotor alignment to enable easy reassembly after cleaning or inspection.

In addition, an optional easy-slide system can be supplied, which virtually eliminates rotor droop and allows unaided operation for maintenance personnel.

An optional second-generation Rotor Detection System now features full operation during wet cleaning. With the RDS Gen2 system, customers can conveniently configure and monitor up to 25 valves.

GEA Nu-Con now has a full-time product development team that will continue to introduce new features for its entire range of components.


PHG Energy hires new national sales manager

PHG Energy, a Tennessee-based alternative energy company, has hired Robert Cox as national sales manager. PHG Energy provides equipment and technology that converts recycled waste material or renewable biomass into an economic substitute for fossil fuels, and recently developed a downdraft gasification system.

Cox graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a bachelor of science in resource ecology and environmental science. He has more than 16 years of professional experience in the design and implementation of regenerative thermal oxidizers, recuperative thermal oxidizers, regenerative catalytic oxidizers and various other environmental control systems. Most recently, Cox was the eastern regional sales manager for Pro-Environmental Inc., with a focus on capital equipment and aftermarket service. Prior to that, he spent 14 years with Durr Systems Inc. of Plymouth, Mich., in a variety of sales and engineering roles.

The fuel created by PHG’s gasification process and proprietary equipment can be used to power thermal oxidizers, boilers, kilns or combined-heat-and-power equipment. The industrial-grade gasifier system has been vetted through more than 40,000 combined hours of commercial production. With further refining, the fuel can be used to power electrical generators. PHG’s process delivers high-Btu fuel gas without an ignition or burning stage, allowing users to lower their greenhouse gas emissions while significantly reducing their energy costs.

BinMaster capacitance probe ideal for hostile environments

BinMaster Level Controls’ newly designed Pro Remote capacitance probe offers the ability to mount electronic components up to 75 feet away from the sensing probe. The point level indicator is designed specifically for hostile applications such as high temperatures or excessive vibration, featuring a unique split configuration that houses sensitive electronics away from extreme conditions that may interfere with proper probe operation. The Pro Remote can be used for high-, mid- and low-level detection of solids, liquids or slurries using a variety of Delrin, Teflon, food-grade, flush-mounted, stubby, or extended-probe options.

The probe features a new housing with a triple-thread, screw-off cover that allows easy access to internal components. It also has dual conduit entries to simplify wiring and installation. Another new electronic feature allows the user to set flexible time delays for covered and uncovered conditions. The probe can be set to react either immediately or with up to a 30-second delay.


DP CleanTech appoints new director 

DP CleanTech has appointed Andreas Asmussen managing director and head of engineering for Europe. He will be located at DP CleanTech’s new headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

The global expansion of DP CleanTech requires significant efforts to ensure continued integration and alignment across all functions, according to the company. Asmussen’s background and experience will enhance the management team’s capabilities in driving efficiencies and positive growth. 

Asmussen previously worked in director positions for Maersk Drilling and FLSmidth, both in Denmark and abroad. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, and has experience and qualifications across a range of management disciplines.