Latest Graybill Processing News
May 6, 2019
Graybill Processing names new CEO Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania-based environmental services platform appoints Josh Schmidt as its chief executive officer. McKinney, Texas-based Global Recruiters Network (GRN) of McKinney has announced the placement of Josh Schmidt as CEO of Graybill Processing , headquartered in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Schmidt has more than 15 years of industry experience, including leading a recent private equity turnaround within the environmental industry. Most recently, Schmidt served as the business director for on-site sustainability services at Univar Solutions, formerly Nexeo Solutions. Prior to his time with Nexeo Solutions, Schmidt served in numerous leadership roles in environmental businesses across the United States. Graybill Processing is an environmental services platform and investment portfolio company of NCK Capital, Dallas, Texas, and Graycliff Partners, New York City. Graybill Processing has been in business for more than 30 years and is a multifaceted solutions provider specializing with food producers. Global Recruiters of McKinney is a worldwide executive search firm specializing in the waste and environmental services industry. Schmidt’s placement was handled by GRN McKinney President Tyler Frisbie. Cleveland, Ohio-based Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL) has announced the recapitalization of Fort Worth, Texas-based TAS Environmental Services (TAS) by Blue Point Capital Partners IV . BGL’s environmental and industrial services team served as the exclusive financial advisor to TAS in the transaction. The specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed. TAS is a leading environmental and industrial services provider operating across 13 locations in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, according to a news release. TAS offers comprehensive support services, including industrial cleaning, waste transportation and disposal, emergency response, tank cleaning, box rental, pipeline maintenance and remediation, among other specialty services. TAS's service reach extends throughout the Midwest and Southwest; however, its pipeline services and special projects are available coast to coast. Blue Point says it will “leverage its prior experience with multi-branch industrial and environmental services providers and value-added resources to help optimize the team’s strong track record through strategic acquisitions and data enhancements.” TAS is also interested in pursuing add-on opportunities that will expand its service offering portfolio and geographic reach, according to Blue Point. Steri-Green LLC launched as an earth friendly medical waste disposal and treatment center in Orlando, Florida. The company placed its headquarters in Orlando because of the city’s cutting-edge technology programs. According to a Steri-Green news release, other locations in the Southeast will be considered as it plans to expand. Steri-Green reports that there have not been many options to dispose of medical waste, and the most common methods of medical waste disposal have been incineration or autoclave. Steri-Green developed the capability to dispose of medical waste by providing a disposal method without risk of contamination, according to a Steri-Green news release. The company’s methods can help to eliminate known health hazards as well as reduce pollution. “Not often does an opportunity come along for a company to provide a competitive service for businesses and at the same time provide a community service by reducing harmful pollution and foster the wellbeing of our planet,” says Ron Hankins, CEO of Steri-Green. “We also have the capabilities to recycle high-grade plastics that have gone through our process.” Steri-Green has partnered with SteriMed that holds the patent on the machines used to process medical waste. The company reports that the machines are approved for use across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Costa Mesa, California-based End of Waste Foundation Inc. (EOW) has announced its first partnership with Salt Lake City, Utah-based Momentum Recycling . The foundation says Momentum is implementing EOW’s blockchain technology-based software to track glass from “bin to brand.” EOW’s "blockchain traceability software" can track the movement of glass from hauler to material recovery facility (MRF), glass processor and manufacturer to “ensure quantities are recycled” and “provide data to increase recycling rates," EOW says. Once the loop is closed, a glass certificate is issued, which verifies the amount recycled, the chain of activity and carbon and greenhouse gas offsets. Through the program, consumers and companies purchase glass certificates to help increase recycling rates, EOW says. Contributions are redistributed to MRFs and processors to cover negative costs, as well as to invest in technology and workforce. “We look forward to working with the End of Waste Foundation and appreciate the innovation they are bringing to the system,” Momentum Recycling President and CEO John Lair says. “We are great supporters of their vision of a new distributed shared responsibility, where contributions provide funds to cover negative costs and increase our recycling rates with investments in new technology.” Momentum recycles glass from communities in Utah and Colorado, including Boulder and Denver. Momentum’s initiatives have increased glass recycling in Colorado from 6 percent to 23 percent, but the company has a goal to boost glass recycling rates to 50 percent and move communities toward a more circular economy. Lair says EOW’s software provides “definitive proof” that glass is being recycled back into bottles through a closed loop system. “What’s more, the End of Waste Foundation program helps reduce the cost of recycling glass, allowing more to be recycled,” Lair adds. “Our goal is to increase glass recycling rates in Utah and Colorado without container deposit laws to at least 50 percent and the End of Waste Foundation program will be a big boost to those efforts.” About 67 percent of glass is sent to landfills, according to EOW. Implementing the software “provides transparency” and connects glass manufacturers, consumers and waste management companies to “validate quantities recycled, confirm the activity of each partner and close the glass life cycle.” “We are extremely happy to have Momentum Recycling on board,” EOW Founder Ionut Georgescu says. “This shows that industry players appreciate the need for trust and transparency in the system and the new model of distributed and shared responsibility that End of Waste Foundation is proposing.” Georgescu adds, “We’ll be announcing new partnerships soon and we look forward to collaborating with more early adopters in the recycling industry and waste management to increase recycling rates across the U.S.” The agenda has been released for the MRF Operations Forum 2019, which is scheduled for Oct. 22 at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile in Chicago. The event is designed specifically for material recovery facility (MRF) operators seeking to optimize their plants. In addition to that topic, this year’s agenda focuses on plant automation and robotics, case studies on recent MRF retrofits and a workshop focused on solving problems faced by all MRF operators. The event is designed for plant managers, maintenance managers, regional managers, owners, consultants, engineers, government officials, equipment suppliers and anyone else interested in better understanding plant operations and technology. Attendees have the opportunity to attend a Meet and Greet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, before programming kicks off the following morning. The event is hosted by the Recycling Today Media Group, Valley View, Ohio, in partnership with RRT Design & Construction , Melville, New York. After opening comments from Jim Keefe, publisher of Recycling Today Media Group, and Nat Egosi, president of RRT, attendees have the opportunity to hear about Robots in Action from suppliers’ and operators’ perspectives in two back-to-back sessions that begin at 8:45 and 10:15 a.m., respectively. From 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., panelists share their perspectives on plant optimization, specifically looking at how they have increased their plants’ throughput and improved quality and uptime without additional capital investments. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. is a new workshop titled Solving Shared Problems. In this interactive session, attendees are divided among tables and assigned one of several pressing topics facing the industry to discuss. A facilitator for each group then summarizes the discussion and shares strategies that have worked for the participants in his or her group. Career Advice: Managing vs. Leading begins at 3:30 p.m. Hear advice from an industry leader on motivating and influencing employees to perform at their best. From 4 to 6 p.m., representatives from a number of MRFs share their experiences and the lessons they have learned from recent retrofits of their plants. Attendees learn how these changes have affected their overall operations. The event concludes with a Networking Reception from 6 to 7 p.m. The MRF Operations Program precedes the 2019 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference, which is scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the same venue. Discounts are available for those attending both events. Additional details and registration information can be found at http://opsforum.recyclingtodayevents.com and at http://paperplasticsna.recyclingtodayevents.com .