Schaefer’s Knaub, Waste, Recycling Veteran, Retiring

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

June 13, 2014

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Schaefer’s Knaub, Waste, Recycling Veteran, Retiring

Michael Knaub, Schaefer Systems International Inc. executive with more than 40 years in the waste and recycling industry, is retiring June 30.

Knaub, Schaefer senior vice president of waste technologies for the Charlotte-based Schaefer, spent 23 years with the storage and material handling company.

Beginning July 1, Maria Frizzell will lead the Schaefer Waste Technology Division. She currently is executive director of sales & operations. She joined the company 11 years ago.

Knaub joined the company as regional sales manager. During those years he served on several industry boards and committees, including the boards of the Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) North Carolina. He also was WASTEC chairman for a year and SWANA international corporate director for two years.

In 2009, Knaub was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Environmental Industry Association (the predecessor of the National Waste & Recycling Association).

Knaub’s father owned and operated a waste hauling and recycling company started by his grandfather in 1915, and Knaub worked for the company starting at a young age.

 “The board of directors of Schaefer Systems wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to Michael for his 23 years of service and compliment him for his high level of integrity and dedication to which he conducted our business,” said Arnold Heuzen, Schaefer Systems president Arnold J. Heuzen.

In retirement, Knaub plans to continue his work with the Toys for Tots Foundation and homeless shelters in the Charlotte region. He also plans to travel with his wife, Karen, and his grandchildren.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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