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Encore Green Environmental Appoints G-Force as the Re-Furbishing Partner for NOMAD Excel

FT. WORTH, Texas -- Encore Green Environmental names Texas based G-Force to re-furbish the legacy Nomad water treatment technology units to become the improved NOMAD Excel™.

Encore Green is an agriculture company dedicated to applying by-product water to beneficial use for agriculture and carbon sequestration. They recently purchased the Nomad units, which have cleaned over 30 million barrels of produced water, primarily in the Permian Basin. Combined with Encore's patent-pending Conservation By-Design™ method of ensuring safety in the water, Encore is the leader in applying clean water to the drought-stricken lands and holds the only permits in the US to accomplish this.

G-Force is a multi-service provider for the energy industry, including environment, health & safety, as well as facilities, pipeline, and construction.

"We sought out G-Force for their excellence in service and their expertise. We look forward to getting the Nomad back up and running again and seeing millions of barrels of safely cleaned water going out onto our lands," says Jaime Roman, of Encore Green Environmental, who is directing the re-furb project.

Brooks Goodson, COO of G-Force says, "We're excited to be improving upon the Nomad technology to create a process for safe treatment of water, along with economic viability. We have the track record to turn what's great into something even greater."

Newly re-furbished units will soon be available throughout the West, as commitments for those units are being booked for new projects to beneficially apply formerly produced water.

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Negotiations for sanitation workers In Orange County make progress as the threat of strike looms

ORANGE, Calif. -- Over 1,100 sanitation workers in Orange County, CA are bargaining for a new contract for residential, commercial, and government waste removal services. Over the last 40 years, Teamsters Local 396 has bargained contracts that initially fought back against the poverty jobs created during the initial privatization and contracting out of public sanitation services.

But after several strikes, Unionized workers in the Orange County sanitation industry have won Union contracts with wage increases that are now knocking on the door of middle-class life.

Sanitation workers nationwide have seen significant improvements in their standard of living. This is a result of both solid wage increases in Union contracts, but mostly the abundance of available overtime to virtually all workers. This is due to a major shortage of commercial truck drivers.

"A lot of drivers take on a Sanitation job at some point, but most of them don't stick around. Not everyone can handle hard manual labor 12+ hours a day and six days a week," said Javier Bonales, Vice President of Local 396 and a 20-year veteran sanitation worker.

Teamsters Local 396 Secretary-Treasurer and rising labor star, Ron Herrera is pushing for contract settlements that move sanitation workers further along the road to the middle class. Herrera stated, "Sanitation workers are some of the hardest working and most reliable workers around. While some work 60-70 hours a week, they do so with great pride and appreciation since overtime pay has allowed them to buy homes, send their children to college, and more. It is time to reward the workers and their families."

Background: Wall Street is bullish on waste

The waste industry is highly profitable. Two major companies, Waste Management (NYSE: WM) and Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) have seen their stock values skyrocket over the last 5 years including major gains in 2021. Contract bargaining covers sanitation workers in Orange County cities such as Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Orange, and Seal Beach. If a contract is not agreed signed soon, Orange County could see a disruption in waste hauling by the end of the year.


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Ohio Clean Cans, LLC has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Cincy Bins, LLC

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Ohio Clean Cans, LLC (, a leading provider of residential garbage can cleaning and pressure washing services, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Cincy Bins, LLC ( Ohio Clean Cans, LLC brought can cleaning to Ohio in early 2017 and has grown organically until this recent acquisition.

Howard Cooper, owner of Ohio Cleans Cans notes, "We are excited to work with the Cincy Bins team and its customers. While we have formerly competed for market share, the combination of our two companies will create more opportunity to better serve our clients, current and future. With increased staff and equipment, it will increase our service area."

Cincy Bins began in 2019 and was owned and operated masterfully by Danny Pond. Danny will be taking on a significant sales and marketing consulting role for Ohio Clean Cans, LLC. "We are excited to see how we can grow this business together. By combining forces with the Ohio Clean Cans team, we now have the capacity to serve more clients and reach new areas in surrounding Cincinnati markets," said Danny.

Howard Cooper of Ohio Clean Cans, LLC is a successful local Cincinnati business entrepreneur with far reaching experience into industries including Restaurant and Bar mgmt., Executive Recruiting, and B2B Merchant Services. Currently along with Ohio Clean Cans, LLC, Howard is involved in several other local companies including Construction, Financial Services, Staffing and Preschool Enrichment programs. "I enjoy identifying opportunities and turning the ideas into businesses," says Howard.

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Ohio Clean Cans is the leading provider of garbage can cleaning services in the Greater Cincinnati area. Garbage can cleaning services in the United States is a rapidly growing segment of home services. Ohio Clean Cans, LLC currently offers one-time, and subscription based can cleaning services, along with full-service pressure washing service to both the residential and commercial markets. They can be found at

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Talon International Announces Launch of 100% Sustainable Ghost Net Products

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. -- After years of meaningful development, Talon International is proud to announce the launch of its innovative Ghost Net Products. The company successfully developed a solution to improving marine habitats by collecting and recycling the surplus of plastic waste that has consumed our beloved oceans.

Plastic waste has finally reached the top of society's agenda. Only nine percent of the plastic produced since the beginning of the material's revolutionary debut has been recycled. Unfortunately, much of the remainder invade our waters-4.9 billion tons consuming the habitats of vital marine wildlife. If the trend continues, our oceans will contain more plastic than fish in less than thirty years.

Talon has taken to collecting abandoned ghost nets, a substantial portion of our planet's plastic waste, and developing them into an assortment of practical fashion items, including zippers, buckles, cord adjusters, buttons, and more. The company's process is simple: search, collect, clean, regenerate, and develop the recycled resin into innovative products that will change the world, one ghost net at a time.

Talon International has been awarded the Global Recycled Standard by the INFL Laboratory and Institute, certifying that its Ghost Net Products and manufacturing practices conform with international voluntary standards. The company currently coordinates and operates the recycling of ghost nets found amongst China's shores. Talon is honored to be the first audited and certified fishing net recycling system in China.

Larry Dyne, CEO of Talon International explains, "We believe that the solution is obvious. We have been practicing it for years now. Reuse! At Talon, we are at the forefront of innovation and sustainability. We coordinate and operate the collection and recycling of ocean waste plastic, including fishing nets, to reduce the environmental harm."

Alongside their corporate efforts to push the boundaries with innovative designs and solutions, Talon International presents retailers everywhere the opportunity to take part in raising sustainability standards. Talon designed the sustainable Ghost Net Product line with their valued partners in mind, in hopes to encourage more retailers like yours to make a difference.

Hand-in-hand, companies everywhere have the power to make a positive, influential impact on the planet. Until zero ghost nets remain in our oceans, let us reduce, reuse, and recycle together.



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Teamsters Local 396 Builds Momentum in Contract Campaign to Raise Wages and Working Conditions for Over 2,700 Sanitation Workers in Orange County

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- On Tuesday, August 17, 2021, the City of Santa Ana stood up for working people by rejecting the city staff recommendation to replace its unionized waste hauler with a non-union hauler with a track record of union busting, air pollution and paying near poverty wages, Teamsters Local 396 said today. Santa Ana residents are currently serviced by Waste Management, a unionized waste hauler that has serviced the city for over 30 years.

"The Santa Ana open bid process for residential waste services was important to protect consumer rates, hard-earned well-paid jobs, and opening up historically closed bidding processes," said Ron Herrera, Secretary - Treasurer of Teamsters Local 396.

Herrera added, "We are ecstatic Athens Services, a non-union company with a history of worker intimidation and exploitation will NOT be spreading its greedy tentacles in Santa Ana."

This is a huge victory in the first skirmish of the Teamsters Local 396 begins contract bargaining for roughly 2,700 haulers in LA and Orange County. With average wages around $28 an hour and full benefits, waste work is one of the few industries that has lifted workers out of poverty.

"Through organizing, strikes, and bargaining we went from over worked, disrespected and under paid immigrant workers to becoming over worked better paid homeowners who have lifted ourselves out of poverty, can pay college tuition for our kids, and take family vacations. Now we want to join the middle class," said Javier Bonales, Teamsters 396, Vice President and longtime OC waste hauler.

Teamsters Local 396 represents UPS and Sanitation workers in Southern California. The Local Union also serves Members in other miscellaneous industries such as logistics, recycling, and feed delivery services.

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Encore Green Environmental Names First Re-Furbished Water Treatment Unit for Delzon ‘Possum’ Elenburg

GRANBURY, Texas -- Encore Green Environmental names their first water treatment unit based on the NOMAD technology in honor of Henry "Possum" Elenburg for his pioneering work in treatment of industrial water.

"At Encore Green, we stand on the shoulders of many giants who have brought us to our place in history today, as we now put this formerly produced water to beneficial use for agriculture and conservation," says Encore Green Co-Founder Marvin Nash. "Possum Elenburg was a truly an innovative man who would get into the field and make things happen. He is how we are able to serve the agricultural and energy communities today."

In the early 2000's Elenburg conceived that energy industry by-product water could be treated and put to uses instead of simply disposing of it into the ground or though evaporation. He partnered with engineer Jacob Halldorson and together they created what became known as NOMAD. Like many great partnerships they each contributed to bring the innovation to life.

"My family and I are honored to have the first unit named for my father and the intent of the water to be used in the agriculture industry is a dream fulfilled," says son Bryan Elenburg.

Elenburg was a highly successful entrepreneur in the energy industry. Together with Halldorson, they were able to start using their technology in the Barnett Shale oil fields during its boom.

Encore Green Environmental is the only company to not only receive permits for surface application of this cleaned water, but also have successfully executed it in Wyoming in 2020. Encore developed the patent-pending process of Conservation By-Design™, which ensures only safe water goes on the soil by water and soil fail-safe testing and continual soil monitoring.

Little did Elenburg know that his work of years past would help create climate wellness and soil health. The Possum has led the way. He made a living in Energy, but Agriculture was his passion. Today Encore Green Environmental continues that vision.

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Encore Green Environmental Technologies and Licensing Announces Water Desalination Technology Purchase

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Encore Green Environmental Technologies & Licensing (EGETL) announces the purchase of water treatment technology equipment formerly known as NOMAD from XRI/Fountain Quail.

"The NOMAD desalination technology is the most capable, reliable, and energy efficient technology available to treat industrial by-product water. It's held that title for almost 20 years now and remains the only proven and cost-effective thermal evaporator available at commercial scale," said Darren Smith, Encore Green Environmental's Chief Technology Officer. "Combined with our Conservation By-Design(tm) methodology, this is the energy industry's way forward for ESG."

The agreement to purchase has been signed and set to close by June 21st. NOMAD has generated in excess of 30 million barrels of freshwater from Texas oil and gas fields alone and EGETL will be incorporating design improvements and offering the next generation NOMAD to the agricultural community.

"With our sister company, Carbon Asset Network and the nonprofit, Synergy for Ecological Solutions, this new purchase accelerates our ability to serve our agricultural partners," says John Robitaille, CEO of Encore Green Environmental and Director of Carbon Asset Network. "By cleaning by-product industrial water for surface application, we create a new source of water for the arid West. This exponentially improves soil health, which traps more carbon in the soil and roots and less carbon in our air. This is a new day for agriculture and environmentalism, with a turn-key path to meet ESG goals."

"Encore Green has developed a relationship with Brent Halldorson and we are delighted to carry on the NOMAD legacy that he and his family started in Calgary years ago. Brent and his father's vision is now coupled with agriculture where there will always be a need for freshwater," says Marvin Nash, Encore Green Environmental's Co-Founder.

Encore Green Environmental Technologies & Licensing is a sister company of Encore Green Environmental in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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Shelly Backlar Joins Stillwater Sciences – Los Angeles River Stewardship Legacy Continues

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Stillwater Sciences, a leading California-based watershed science and ecosystem restoration consulting firm established in 1996, today announced Watershed Outreach Facilitator Shelly Backlar has joined Stillwater Sciences to help promote education and awareness of the Los Angeles River watershed and its resources to communities throughout the Southland.

Stillwater Sciences' Los Angeles office is currently working on steelhead fish passage, habitat conservation, and urban biodiversity projects that promote access to nature, serving clients such as the City of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti's office, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, and many partnering agencies and non-profit organizations from the Santa Clara River to the Mexican border.

During her tenure at the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR), Shelly Backlar led multiple strategic initiatives that supported the stewardship of the river, including the Los Angeles River Clean Ups, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration funding match, the Los Angeles River recreational use designation. Shelly oversaw the design and build of a 38-foot mobile visitor and education center, the L.A. River Rover.

The resulting Source to Sea Watershed education program led to a multi-year partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the River Rover's designation as one of the first eight Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships in the United States. Shelly will continue to support community engagement as part of watershed restoration programs throughout Los Angeles and its surrounding communities.

"I love being out on the River, listening to the water, seeing a great blue heron, or an osprey swoop down and catch a carp in its talons. Although you may be at a location with power lines on one side and a freeway on another, there is so much life to experience and share. Championing habitat for fish through downtown Los Angeles as a member of the Stillwater Sciences' family is a dream come true.

"Restoring habitat for fish improves water quality and the quality of life for both people and wildlife. FoLAR's Founder, Lewis MacAdams, used to say, 'When the steelhead return to the LA River we know our work is done.' And when those mighty steelhead trout make their way from the ocean, up the LA River on their way to the headwaters of the Arroyo Seco, Lewis' vision will become reality."

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Based in Los Angeles, California, Stillwater Sciences serves public agencies and non-profit partners throughout southern California consulting on threatened and endangered species conservation and recovery, integrated water management, urban biodiversity, and watershed health, offering watershed-based solutions through scientific studies, planning, engineering, construction, and monitoring services.

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Tekwell Services Certified by the State of Georgia as Training Resource

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Tekwell Services Certified by the State of Georgia as Electric Motor Basics Training Resource. We are proud to announce that our Plant Manager and Senior Trainer, Phil Aloisio, has been certified by the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts to provide Electrical Motor Basics training for 6 WWW points of continuing education credit for those who enroll and complete the training.

The Electric Motor Basics training (Course Number CE-6-W-WW-08/19-TEKWELL-013121-0004) is a one-day, hands-on class that is organized into four sections covering seven and a half hours:

* Electric Motor Basics

* Electric Motor Testing

* Predictive and Preventative Maintenance

* VFD - How it Functions and Cost Savings

In the electric motor basics segment of the training, we provide motors for the participants to disassemble, review, and discuss. Participants learn how the motor works and how that relates to the nameplate information. Participants also perform resistance testing, testing of auxiliary components, and megger testing of the windings. The class also reviews bearings with different failures as well as lubrication.

For the predictive and preventative maintenance segment of the training, the participants will receive training on a PDMA tester, vibration analysis, and field balancing equipment. Participants will also use an infrared camera to understand how all the testing equipment works.

For the drive section, the participants will review the drive's features and how they work. Finally, the training will allow the class to calculate the cost savings of using a soft starter vs. a VFD.

Phil Aloisio is a 40-year veteran in the industrial repair industry. He is experienced in diagnosing, testing, and repairing electric motors, pumps, servo motors, gearboxes, rotating equipment, bearing problems, and lubrication. He has completed many hours of technical training in electric motor testing, troubleshooting, motor winding, and motor efficiency. He also has training in explosion-proof motors, bearing failures, and much more. There is no one better suited to lead this training.

Phil is the Plant Manager for Tekwell Systems' Cartersville, Georgia location.

About Tekwell Services, LLC

Tekwell Services, LLC is a SKF certified motor rebuilder that offers full service and repair for industrial motors, drives and pumps. From fractional horsepower to medium voltage, Tekwell has the skills and equipment needed to repair, test, and install machinery while ensuring peak efficiency and reliability.

With state-of-the-art shops located in Cartersville, GA, Knoxville, TN, and Chattanooga, TN, Tekwell Services specializes in industrial motor repair, electric motor refurbishment, motor and gearbox alignment, and many more of your electric motor repair needs. Tekwell is also a large distributor of motors, drives and controls.

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Portland, Oregon-based Western Machine Works Expands its Hydro Power Capabilities with the Hiring of Industry Pro, Rob Adams

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Western Machine Works, an engineering-focused equipment service and maintenance provider based in Portland, Oregon is pleased to announce the hiring of Rob Adams as a dedicated Hydro specialist, sales engineer to provide in-depth knowledge and expertise to its hydro clients.

Rob brings more than 13 years of experience in the Hydroelectric power industry. Previously with PGE (Portland General Electric), Rob was appointed primary maintenance engineer and was tasked to oversee the project management of hydro turbine and generator overhauls. Prior to PGE, Rob worked with Southern California Edison as a field engineer, and with Delaval Turbine/Engine division in California and overseas.

"Rob Adams is the ideal Hydro Sales Engineer to fuel our growth in the industry. He has the technical expertise, business growth mindset, and solid reputation in the hydro industry. I have worked with Rob on previous projects, and I know first-hand that what sets him apart is his work ethic. We are excited to work with Rob in building and growing relationships with the hydro power providers, O&Ms and OEM clients," said Frank Van Liew, President of Western Machine Works, LLC.

"I am pleased to work for Western Machine and look forward in helping fellow utility peers on repairing their vintage hydro components to ensure long-term reliability," Rob Adams added.

Hydropower accounts for over 90% of all electricity that comes from renewable resources, producing more than 90,000 megawatts of electricity annually. In the Northwest, up to 80% of electricity is produced by hydropower each year.

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