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Diversified Labs Offers Industry Scholarships

Peter Kendrick, chief executive officer at Diversified Laboratories Inc., believes that post-high school education is the key to changing a person’s life trajectory. In support of this idea and in gratitude for the many years of patronage by the rendering industry, Diversified Laboratories is awarding $25,000 in two scholarships to children of National Renderers Association member company employees, one for a four-year college and one for a two-year program.

A $20,000 scholarship is being offered to a graduating high school senior (class of 2018) attending a four-year college/university while a $5,000 scholarship is available for a student working toward an associate’s degree or technical certification. Scholarship recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in preferably one of the following fields: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, agriculture, medicine, or education.

NRA members are encouraged to distribute the scholarship information to their plant managers, workers, and company employees through company meetings or other communication efforts. The deadline for scholarship application submission is March 1, 2018. More information is available at Diversified Laboratories has over 40 years of experience in providing testing services to renderers for detection of chemical contaminants. 

Haarslev Reinforces Global Team

Haarslev has made three appointments to several of its global regions: Tony Johnson was named sales director Asia Pacific (APAC) and general manager of the APAC office; Henning Haugaard was named sales director North Europe and general manager of the Danish offices in Herlev and Søndersø, Denmark; and Maxim Kazlauskas was appointed general manager of Haarslev’s Russian offices.

Johnson previously worked as an expat in Denmark to create the transition of Haarslev’s European business to its current position. He will now take on the same challenge for the fast-growing APAC region and develop the regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, and manage the offices in Malaysia, New Zealand, China, and India.

Haugaard is a Haarslev veteran, having worked almost 30 years for the company. Four years ago, he took on an expat role to build the Haarslev business in New Zealand and Australia. After successfully growing the business in that region, Henning has now returned to Denmark to direct the local offices and the business in North Europe.

Kazlauskas started his career 15 years ago in the processing industry. Ten years ago, he joined Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V. as sales manager in Russia before serving as sales director the last few years. Kazlauskas has a deep understanding of the Russian processing industry and will lead the Haarslev offices in Moscow and Belgorod.

Mahoney Buys Waste Oil Recyclers

Mahoney Environmental, a leading recycler of used cooking oil for 65 years, has purchased Waste Oil Recyclers (WOR) Inc., a used oil recycling company based in Modena, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. The integration of WOR into Mahoney Environmental will allow for direct service to Mahoney customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

The October 2017 acquisition will allow Mahoney Environmental to grow its reach nationally in the servicing of used cooking oil collection, recycling, and other back-of-the-house service needs of its customers.

NRA Welcomes new Team Member

Heather Davis has joined the National Renderers Association (NRA) as the coordinator of member relations and operations at the association’s headquarters in the Washington, DC, area. Davis relocated from Des Moines, Iowa, where she was responsible for client relations, a well-functioning office, and legal assistance at a local law firm. From the East Coast, Heather will continue to pursue her bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University with a focus in environmental science and sustainable policy.

OIE Opens US Office

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has officially opened its United States (US)-based liaison office in College Station, Texas. The office is co-located with and hosted by the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, a member of the Texas A&M University system and an OIE collaborating center specializing in biological threat reduction.

The opening of a liaison office is a first for the organization. Traditionally, permanent official relations with OIE member countries as well as international and regional organizations are maintained through the official national delegate and the 12 regional representations covering every continent. While the OIE US-based liaison office does not change any traditional communication channels, the office will provide new avenues for engagement with US agencies and the private sector. It will also open additional lines of communication between OIE and US veterinary and public health parties allowing for better collaboration in disaster preparedness, emergency planning, and animal disease surveillance.

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