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Cheap natural gas expected to create thousands of jobs, expand US manufacturing
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The nation's fast-growing supply of cheap natural gas is setting off a manufacturing revival that's expected to create hundreds of thousands of jobs as companies build or expand plants to take advantage of the low prices. Royal Dutch Shell announced this month that it chose a site near Pittsburgh for a facility to convert ethane from locally produced natural gas into ethylene and polyethylene. They're used to make plastics that go into packaging, pipes and other products. The planned ethane cracker would employ a few hundred workers. More

Navistar to build new work truck in Alabama
The Associated Press via Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Navistar International Corp. will assemble its new work truck at a plant in northwest Alabama, with production starting in early 2013. The company showed off the International LoadStar truck at a trucking show in Louisville, Ky., and then announced production will be at a plant the company leased in Colbert County, Ala. The company said it plans to start taking orders for the truck in October. More

Analysis: US job gains hint at more spending and hiring
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's not quite Easy Street, but more money is starting to flow along Main Street. A recent acceleration in U.S. job growth could create a virtuous cycle, lining the pockets of more Americans, leading to more spending, faster growth and further hiring. More

 Member Spotlight

Welcome new WASTEC members!

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Ryan Streblow, National Account Executive
3003 Breezewood Lane
Neenah, Wis. 54957

Emily Cain
850 Supreme Drive
Bensenville, Ill. 60106

Brad Lanken, president
P.O. Box 1247
North Reverside, Ill. 60546

 Upcoming Events

Date Event
April 12 New York City Chapter Meeting – Queens, N.Y.
April 17 MDSWA Spring Meeting – Annapolis, Md.
April 24 Ohio Chapter Legislative Reception – Columbus, Ohio
April 30 EIA Invitational at WasteExpo 2012 – Las Vegas
May 3 Healthcare Waste Institute Conference and Member Meeting – Las Vegas
May 16 Georgia Chapter Golf Tournament – Sugar Hill, Ga.

 Industry News

Prices of greater concern to CFOs than supply security
Supply Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to the Chief Financial Officer Survey 2012, conducted by procurement consultancy 4C Associates, 48 percent of finance directors see price risk and fluctuations as their biggest supply threat, while just 16 percent are most concerned about securing supplies. More

Global steel output shows recovery still fragile
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Global crude steel production rose slightly in February 2012 from a year earlier, helped by a pick up in top producer China, data from the World Steel Association showed. More

Diesel up slightly to $4.147 national average    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The average price for a gallon of diesel has climbed less than a penny, but any gain keeps prices at their the highest level since the record-setting run-up of 2008. Officially, the nationwide retail on-highway price for a gallon of diesel came in at $4.147, up a half-cent, according to the report by the Energy Information Administration of the Department of Energy. More

As fuel prices soar, trucking industry seeks alternatives with natural gas
Forbes (editorial)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Trucking is the backbone of our economy, moving 70 percent of the goods delivered in America. Yet it's a business whose viability is largely driven by the price of oil, which these days consists mostly of foreign oil. America's 3.5 million truck drivers feel real anxiety as they chase the American dream, only to see international tensions drive up the price of diesel fuel at the pump. And as their costs are passed along through increases in the cost of goods, all of us pay the price, as does the entire American economy. More

 Association News

Waste Transfer Stations is now available for purchase!
WASTEC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The new Standard Z245.42-2012 Waste Transfer Stations has been approved by ANSI. Due to recent OSHA activity and an increase in the number of fines being given to recycling operations, ASC Z245 felt it was time to develop a standard that would include requirements for facility designers, owners, operators, users and manufacturers. The new Z245.42 -2012 Waste Transfer Stations can be purchased by visiting the EIA Store.

Waste Equipment Technology Association welcomes new chairman and members of Board of Governors
WASTEC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At its recent annual meeting, the Waste Equipment Technology Association welcomed new leaders to its Board of Governors. Robert Mecchi is now chairman, and Mike Savage is now vice chairman. Mecchi is vice president for Big Truck Rental of Tampa, Fla., and Savage is the president and CEO of PTR Baler and Compactor Company of Philadelphia. More

Register today to save on WasteExpo!
WASTEC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The entire waste and recycling community is coming together in Las Vegas for WasteExpo. Are you registered yet? With over 500 exhibitors, more than 40 conference sessions and workshops, unique special events and unlimited networking opportunities, it's the only event that puts you directly in the center of the waste and recycling industry. Register today with code CR17 to get FREE Exhibit Hall Admission and to save 50 percent on your Full Event Pass!

Interested in Exhibiting at WasteExpo? Exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities are still available for WasteExpo 2012. It's co-locating with The Healthcare Waste Conference (formerly the Medical Waste Conference) and The Waste Training Institute to give you the ability to reach the entire industry. Be part of this once-a-year event where environment meets innovation!

Contact your sales representative for more information:
Companies A-Eo, contact Debra Busby at 203-358-4153
Companies Ep-Md, contact Robin Foran 770-618-0215
Companies Me-Z, contact Marc Acampora at 203-358-4384

EREF Auction
Held in conjunction with WasteExpo, the Environmental Research and Education Foundation Equipment Auction is the foundation's largest fundraiser. The auction is a direct result of the generosity of members of the Waste Equipment Technology Association and the National Solid Wastes Management Association, who donate the items that so far have raised more than $12 million to benefit EREF.
All proceeds from the EREF Auction, which encompasses both a Silent and a Live Auction, will support EREF's mission to fund and direct scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices. Donor companies are entitled to a tax deduction for the full fair market value of their donation.
If your company will be exhibiting at WasteExpo — and is a member of WASTEC or NSWMA — and would like to donate to EREF by participating in the Live and/or Silent Auction, please send an email to or visit to download the donation forms.
EREF Auction Schedule
Tuesday, May 1
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Silent Auction (bid in exhibitor booths)
Wednesday, May 2
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Silent Auction (bid at EREF booth)
4 p.m. Auction Reception sponsored by Big Truck Rental
4:30 p.m. Live Equipment Auction Raffle Ticket Drawing sponsored by New Way

 Regulatory News

More US drilling doesn't drop gas price
The Associated Press via Manufacturing.Net    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's the political cure-all for high gas prices: Drill here, drill now. But more U.S. drilling has not changed how deeply the gas pump drills into your wallet, math and history show. A statistical analysis of 36 years of monthly, inflation-adjusted gasoline prices and U.S. domestic oil production by The Associated Press shows no statistical correlation between how much oil comes out of U.S. wells and the price at the pump. More

Is your company missing the boat on green tax incentives?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to getting government dollars for sustainability efforts, too many companies in the United States don't know what they are missing. According to an Ernst & Young Green Tax Survey, many companies are not aware of the countless opportunities to receive money from the federal and state governments, because they are unaware of the growing number of environmental tax incentives that are being offered. More

5 ways to create a healthier manufacturing operation
Industry Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Companies are only as healthy as the performance put up by their best workers, and employees tend to perform best when happy and healthy. They know it, too. According to a recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Principal Financial, 52 percent of those surveyed say they have more energy to be productive at work as a result of participating in at least one work-sponsored wellness program. More

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