Sortera Alloys Inc. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, will expand into a new 200,000-square-foot processing facility in Markle, Indiana, following a formal groundbreaking in the fourth quarter. The company says processing will ramp up in the first quarter of 2023, adding that the site has the option to expand to 400,000 square feet.
Sortera’s technology combines artificial intelligence, data analytics and advanced sensors to sort aluminum alloys from existing streams of mixed alloy scrap, commonly called twitch, that are typically shipped abroad for processing or used to produce secondary aluminum grades. The resulting aluminum scrap created by Sortera’s sorting process will be recirculated into the manufacturing industry to be used in high-value applications, such as automotive cast and flat-rolled products and building, construction and aerospace extrusions, according to the company.
In July of this year, Sortera announced that it had raised $10 million in funding to advance end-of-life recycling for automotive metals. The funding round was led by Assembly Ventures with additional funding from Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Novelis Inc. The company also announced a commercial agreement with Novelis Corp. this summer. Through that agreement, Atlanta-based Novelis says it will be able to effectively separate mixed automotive scrap into individual alloys and recycle them back into the same products, allowing the aluminum producer to meet original equipment makers’ needs for performance, durability, safety and design.
“The new facility represents a significant milestone for Sortera as we look to scale our operations and capture a large chunk of the 4 billion pounds of scrap alloy that is currently sent overseas,” says Michael Siemer, CEO of Sortera Alloys. “This will allow us to fill the increased demand for high-quality recycled alloys in the domestic market, specifically with automotive customers.”
Siemer says the company is grateful to the town of Markle and to The Zacher Co., a commercial real estate company based in Fort Wayne, for their help.
The facility will be in Markle, roughly 25 miles southwest of Fort Wayne, off Interstate 69. Sortera says it plans to move its existing operations from Fort Wayne to the new facility. Once fully operational, the facility will employ approximately 110 workers.
Ben Pope, vice president of commercialization at Sortera Alloys, says, “Sortera’s low-cost, scalable sorting process enables aluminum manufacturers to use roughly 5 percent of the energy required to manufacture aluminum from virgin material, enabling customers to reduce their CO2 footprint and pursue sustainability and circular production goals. Our new facility is a perfect fit for our first mass production location. We are excited that Markle has the right workforce and is a special place that is proactively looking for partners to enhance their community.”
Markle Council Vice President Nick Lund and President Matt Doss say Sortera will have a “significant” impact on the community “with little impact on our local environment.”
Clean Harbors Inc., a provider of environmental and industrial services based in Norwell, Massachusetts, has appointed Alison Quirk and Shelley Stewart Jr. to its board of directors. The additions are effective immediately.
According to a news release from Clean Harbors, Quirk is the former executive vice president, chief human resources and citizenship officer at State Street Corp. Stewart leads Bottom Line Advisory LLC as managing partner and is a former chief procurement officer at DuPont and at Tyco International.
“We are thrilled to attract such strong corporate governance leaders to our board,” says Alan S. McKim, chairperson, president and CEO.
McKim says Quirk brings board-level experience advising corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and company growth objectives. Her background as a senior human resource executive aligns with the company’s initiatives in recruiting, retention, diversity and inclusion and employee engagement.
Stewart brings expertise in logistics, supply chain management and operational improvement. The company says his strategic insights, combined with his chemical industry background, will be an asset to Clean Harbors as we continue to execute its growth strategy.
The appointments expand the Clean Harbors board to 12 members, 11 of whom are independent. Quirk and Stewart were appointed as Class I directors whose term will expire at Clean Harbors’ 2023 annual shareholders meeting. Quirk will serve on the compensation committee and Stewart will serve on the environmental, health and safety committee.
Clean Harbors says Quirk retired from State Street in 2017, where she worked for 15 years, the last seven as a member of the company’s senior-most strategy and policymaking group. As chief human resources and citizenship officer, she was responsible for all aspects of human resources and corporate citizenship, leading a global team of more than 500 people. Before State Street, Quirk spent two decades in HR and business planning roles at FleetBoston Financial, Liberty Financial Companies and Boston Financial Data Services Inc.
Quirk is a member of the compliance committee of Wynn Resorts, responsible for ensuring compliance with federal, state, local and gaming laws. She is an adviser for King Boston, a not-for-profit organization focused on equity and economic justice. She previously served on the Legg Mason board of directors as a member of the finance committee, and the nominating and governance committee and the chairperson of the compensation committee. She served on a special committee of the board that oversaw the sale of Legg Mason. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of New Hampshire.
The company says Stewart retired in 2018 after six years as the chief procurement officer at DuPont, overseeing procurement, global sourcing and logistics, and real estate and facility services. Before joining DuPont in 2012, he spent nearly a decade at Tyco International, where he was senior vice president of operational excellence and chief procurement officer and oversaw multiple lean six sigma initiatives. Previously, he held senior executive supply chain positions at Raytheon and Invensys PLC. He also spent 19 years at United Technologies Corp., where he held numerous positions around global sourcing.
Stewart currently serves on the boards of Otis Worldwide and Kontoor Brands, where he sits on their nominating and governance, and audit committees. He also serves on the board of trustees of Howard University and the board of governors for the University of New Haven. He previously spent several years on the board of directors for the Institute for Supply Management. He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University and received his MBA from the University of New Haven.
CDE, a global provider of sand and aggregate wet processing solutions for the natural processing and waste recycling sectors, will highlight the role of its technology in supporting the circular economy and zero waste agenda at Bauma 2022, a construction and mining machinery trade fair that runs from Oct. 24-30 in Munich.
As the construction sector continues to contend with the dearth and high cost of raw materials, CDE, based in the United Kingdom, will demonstrate the potential of construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) waste to address the challenges facing the sector.
On Oct. 26 and 27, CDE customers will join the company personnel for a series of roundtable discussions on the future of recycling, and, as part of the Oct 24 Bauma exhibitor forum, CDE will deliver a lecture titled “Creating valuable in-spec products from CD&E waste.”
“In the current economic and social climate, with materials costs rising, resources depleting, and regulations calling for the adoption of sustainable solutions, we should look to the technology of today to produce the sustainable construction materials of tomorrow [and] how CDE’s waste recycling solutions in their trademark blue can support the industry to transform CD&E waste into certified, in-spec sand and aggregates,” CDE Head of Business Development for Northern Europe Eunan Kelly says.
Earlier this year, a package of European Green Deal proposals was presented with a view to make sustainable products the norm within the EU internal market. The revised Construction Products Regulation (CPR) emphasizes the value of construction to the EU as a key employer and economic contributor. It also highlights the adverse impacts the sector has on the environment, as one generating some 30 percent of the European Union’s annual waste and contributing significantly to its domestic carbon footprint and emissions.
The construction industry is a major economic driver; in the EU alone, 25 million people are employed across 5 million companies, according to data from the revised Construction Products Regulation fact sheet. So, when the COVID-19 pandemic gripped economies and construction output slowed dramatically, it was no surprise that robust recovery plans with clear focus on investments in infrastructure were announced by nations around the world to rebound and stimulate economic growth.
However, the cost of raw materials and their availability remains a deepening challenge for the sector.
A circular approach is the only answer to supply chain problems and the environmental, Kelly says.
“It can be the means to equip us with the resources needed to supply a sector charged with a key role in the economic recovery while addressing our collective environmental footprint by reducing waste-to-landfill volumes and extending the lifespan of precious natural materials, all the while, continuing to supply a resource-intense sector with the materials it requires, materials often trucked out of our urban centers where they are needed most.”
Covanta, Morristown, New Jersey, a leader in sustainable materials management and a provider of environmental solutions, has announced the appointment of Selma Kivran as president of Covanta Environmental Solutions (CES).
Reporting to Covanta President and Chief Operating Officer Azeez Mohammed, Kivran will lead the rapidly expanding CES business line that is instrumental in solidifying the company as an end-to-end platform for a wide range of customers’ sustainable materials management needs. CES was formed as a subsidiary of Covanta in 2015, overseen by current CES President Paul Stauder, to provide companies with comprehensive environmental services through a network of material processing and waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities. Strauder will take on new responsibilities as Chief Revenue Officer for Covanta, assuming leadership of the WTE commercial teams including asset management and sustainable solutions. He will continue to play an instrumental role in the creation and growth of new environmental services offerings through acquisitions and greenfield expansions.
“Selma brings to Covanta a proven history of leading complex and challenged businesses to new heights in potential and growth, by optimizing business and stakeholder return on investment,” Mohammed says. “With her unmatched background in both services and product businesses, I expect she will bring a focused and fresh perspective to CES and move us forward to be a one-stop-shop in providing our customers with the most sustainable outcomes.”
Kivran has a background in P&L, commercial, operations, quality and engineering to drive enterprise-wide organic and inorganic customer and business growth. Prior to joining Covanta, she was executive vice president of the West Hemisphere at Ethos Energy where she had full P&L responsibility for the Americas business and led the transformation from a product-line business to a regional business model.
“I am thrilled to join Covanta at this critical moment in the company’s exciting trajectory as it transforms into the leading sustainable waste management company in North America,” Kivran says. “Covanta Environmental Solutions has a proven track record of providing customers unmatched solutions for their sustainability needs. As we look toward our future growth and the incredible market opportunity ahead, I look forward to working with this agile, exceptional team.”
Selma has also worked at Ingersoll Rand and led its global commercial strategy within its compressor technology services business. She started her career as a field engineer at General Electric (GE), rising through the ranks in roles of increasing responsibility in services and product industries. Her last role at GE was general manager, aeroderivative product line, a product line within GE’s power services business.
Armstrong World Industries Inc. (AWI), a Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based building products maker, has struck a partnership with Canada-based tissue papermaker Irving Consumer Products involving their respective Macon, Georgia, facilities they say will “improve both companies’ environmental footprints.”
Earlier this year, Irving Consumer Products began diverting its tissue fiber byproducts to Armstrong’s mineral fiber plant, reducing Armstrong’s need to source and purchase recycled old newspapers (ONP) as an input raw material for its ceilings. As newspaper circulation has declined nationally, ONP has become a scarce grade.
In Macon, AWI and Irving Consumer Products expect to divert more than 3,500 tons of fiber byproducts annually from landfill disposal, supporting each firm’s waste diversion sustainability goals.
AWI says it is committed to circular manufacturing as an element in its effort to grow profitably and sustainably. Since 1999, AWI has been using recycled paper as a raw material and recycling old ceiling tiles back into its manufacturing process through the Armstrong Ceiling Recycling Program. The company estimates that more than 200 million square feet of used ceiling materials have been diverted from landfills through the program.
Irving Consumer Products’ manufacturing operations already divert ash and lime to local farmers to enrich their fields and use recycled-content cardboard to pack its products.
AWI Macon Plant Manager William Woolard says, “This partnership is a win-win, and a great example of companies working together at a local level to help solve a global problem while improving our own processes. We diversify our raw material stream and save in cost and energy related to shipping heavy material like paper. Irving Consumer Products saves on landfill costs and its fiber by-product can live another life as Armstrong ceiling tile.”
Irving Consumer Products Macon Finance Manager Greg Kinsman says, “The partnership demonstrates our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint. Continuous improvement and innovation are important parts of our company’s values. We are always looking for new ways to become more efficient, and this partnership will help us move toward even more sustainable practices.”
AWI describes its Macon ceiling tile plant as one of its largest mineral fiber facilities, with more than 400 employees. Irving Consumer Products’ Scotties brand and private-label household tissue products manufacturing plant in Macon employs more than 320 people.