Liebherr forms new umbrella company

Liebherr, Newport News, Virginia, has announced the formation of Liebherr USA Co., a newly formed mixed-sales organization that will serve as a new umbrella company. The existing Liebherr sales and service companies will become divisions of Liebherr USA Co.

“We are confident that this new platform will leverage the existing know-how and expertise among Liebherr divisions providing Liebherr business partners and customers with an exceptional and consistent experience in the United States,” says Dr. Torben Reher, managing director of Liebherr USA Co.

The following companies are incorporated into Liebherr USA Co: Liebherr-America Inc. (including tower cranes, refrigerators and freezers), Liebherr Components North America Co., Liebherr Concrete Technology Co., Liebherr Construction Equipment Co., Liebherr Equipment Source, Liebherr Cranes Inc., Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co. (sales and service in the U.S. only) and Liebherr Nenzing Crane Co.

Liebherr also promoted Ana Cabiedes-Uranga to general manager of marketing for the new company. Cabiedes-Uranga has been working with Liebherr’s marketing team for 10 years.

Weima celebrates 30 years in business

The Germany-based shredder manufacturer Weima is celebrating 30 years in business. Its machines are used for a wide range of applications with customers in the plastic, wood and recycling industry.

The company started out serving the timber industry. Even today, half of Weima’s market share comes from the wood industry worldwide. Two-thirds of the machines sold to date were specified toward wood applications.

Weima is based in Ilsfeld, Germany, and has offices worldwide. Europe remains the strongest individual market followed by Weima America, Fort Mill, South Carolina, which generates a quarter of the company’s overall earnings.

As the company continues to expand, its says its sights are set on other international markets including China, India, and Southeast Asia and South America.

Rapid Recovery acquired by A-Gas Americas

Rapid Recovery, a refrigerant recovery service provider headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, has been acquired by A-Gas Americas, Magnolia, Texas, the U.S. division of a global company in the supply and life cycle management of specialty chemicals and gases.

Rapid Recovery operates 40 branch locations across the U.S. Each site provides a full suite of on-site recovery, cylinder services and refrigerants to the refrigeration, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) and demolition sectors.

A-Gas’ global reach and desire to broadly penetrate the U.S. market through recovery and reclamation services proved to be a strategic match with Rapid Recovery’s expansion of its network of service branches, A-Gas says.

Rapid Recovery will remain under the direct management of Adam and Rich Dykstra, as well as its many franchise partners. Adam Dykstra comments, “We sought a partner who embodied our core vision, values and culture. A-Gas’ leadership team rose to the top and proved A-Gas as the clear choice.”

Machinex changes ownership, restructures sales team

Machinex Group, based in Plessisville, Quebec, has announced that Nicolas Belanger has sold his stock in the company. With this sale, Pierre Paré has become the sole owner of the company.

In a news release announcing the sale, Machinex acknowledged Belanger’s contribution to the company throughout the last 20 years and wished him personal and professional success.

The company has put together a new organizational structure that involves the promotion of three Machinex employees who have been with the company for years.

Chris Hawn, who has worked at Machinex for the past six years as North American sales director, was appointed executive vice of president sales and business development.

David Marcouiller, who has worked at Machinex for the past 13 years as a project manager and a sales project director in North America, has been appointed to the post of executive vice president of sales engineering.

Jonathan Menard, who has worked at Machinex for the past eight years as a sales project director, has been named executive vice president of sales and strategic positioning.

Cooper Tank Recycling chooses Sparta

Sparta Manufacturing, Notre Dame, New Brunswick, has announced the recent sale of an automated 100 ton-per-hour C&D recycling system to Cooper Tank Recycling, a New York City-based recycler. Cooper Tank Recycling processes 1,250 tons of C&D debris, tipped by more than 200 trucks, every day.

Sparta is providing the overall system design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of Cooper Recycling’s C&D recycling system.

Sparta is manufacturing all conveyors, sort lines and steelworks, and is integrating specialized processing equipment into the system, including: General Kinematics’ finger screens and De-stoners; SSI Shredding Systems’ low-speed shredders; Green Machine’s Green Eye optical sorters; AEI Screening Solutions’ bivi-TEC screens; Dings’ Magnetic Separators; and Steinert’s eddy current Separators.

This system configuration, design and equipment selection was the result of extensive collaboration between Cooper’s operations management and Sparta’s engineering and operations teams, drawing from more than 100 years of combined C&D recycling system experience.

Bunting names new chief operating officer

Bunting Magnetics Co., a producer of material handling, metal detection and magnetic separation products, Newton, Kansas, has announced that Jana Davis has been promoted to chief operating officer, a new position within Bunting Magnetics, effective May 30, 2016. Davis joined the company in 2011 as chief financial officer.

As COO, Davis will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day business operations—including manufacturing, distribution and engineering—of all four Bunting Magnetics divisions.

Davis will continue to report to Bob Bunting, president and CEO, who announced the promotion.

He says the firm will search for a new CFO and adds, “This addition of a COO to our executive management team greatly adds to our capacity to implement our growth strategy and allows me to focus on broader strategic issues.”