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AHEPA ORGANIZATION HONORS CHAMBERS DEVELOPMENT PRESIDENT

 AHEPA ORGANIZATION HONORS CHAMBERS DEVELOPMENT PRESIDENT
 PITTSBURGH, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- John G. Rangos Sr., Chambers


Development Company's (AMEX: CDVB) president and CEO, today received the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Ahepa) Ellis Island Award of Distinction.
 The award recognizes outstanding contributions of Greek Americans for their achievements in fulfilling the American dream. Ahepa was an official underwriter of the Ellis Island restoration project and subsequently commissioned a special award of distinction.
 Among others receiving the Ahepa Ellis Island Award were Lt. Gen. William "Gus" Pagonis of Washington County, Pa., and actress Betty White.
 "John Rangos has fulfilled the American dream," said former Ahepa Supreme President James S. Scofield. "He has done honor to his heroic immigrant parents. He has done honor to all immigrants who struggled to reach America. And he has done honor to the great country which welcomed those courageous immigrants. We are immensely proud of his stellar success in business, his philanthropy and his support of the church."
 As president and CEO of Chambers, Rangos has overseen the invention of new techniques for recycling bituminous by-products, and disposing of sewage sludge and liquid industrial wastes. He is responsible for the development of a resource recovery system which converts waste-generated methane into energy. Chambers was also an early advocate of recycling as an integral part of its environmental services program.
 During the 1960s, Rangos pioneered technological advances in waste transportation and disposal, resource recovery and recycling. His innovations included converting powerplant boiler ash into a useful product for cinder block material and anti-skid material for highways.
 The son of Greek immigrants, Rangos was born in West Virginia and raised in Pittsburgh. After attending Houston Business College, he served in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1951-54 with a tour of duty in Korea.
 Rangos began his career with Rockwell Manufacturing Co., where he gained the distinction of being the youngest general agent in Rockwell's history.
 Devoted to the Pittsburgh community, Rangos is a major contributor to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. He created and chairs an annual riverboat cruise that benefits the Free Care Fund at the hospital. In the past three years, the cruise has raised more than $560,000. Rangos has also made a $3 million grant to endow the Rangos Research Center at the hospital, a facility dedicated to pediatric research and health care, which opened in mid-1990.
 In 1991, he has given grants of $5 million to The Carnegie Science Center for the new Rangos Omnimax Theater, $2 million to Duquesne University's new Rangos School of Health Sciences, and $500,000 to the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh's educational program.
 In addition, he is a member of the board of trustees for the Leukemia Society of America, Carnegie Mellon Institute and the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves on the boards of directors for the Pittsburgh Opera and Duquesne University. He is also a member of the Allegheny Conference.
 In September, Rangos, along with William Reilly, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, received the Environmental Recognition Award from the Society for the Preservation of Greek Heritage.
 In January of this year, he received the 1991 National Patriot's Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. In 1988 he was elected an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, the highest order of layman in the Greek Orthodox Church.
 Other awards received by Rangos include: "1990 Pittsburgh Man of the Year in Business and Labor," given by the Vectors Community Service Organization in Pittsburgh; "1990 Man of the Year in Business," given by the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation; and "Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year, 1990," given by the National Society of Fundraising Executives.
 Founded in 1922, The Order of the Ahepa is the largest Greek heritage organization in the world and a major community service organization in North America.
 Approximately 500,000 Greeks immigrated to America during the period that Ellis Island functioned and Ahepa decided several years ago that the reconstructions merited Ahepa's full support.
 Chambers Development Company, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a leading environmental firm offering services in recycling, transfer station operation and landfill development, as well as the collection, transportation and disposal of residential, commercial and non-hazardous industrial solid wastes. The company also provides for the safe handling, containment, transportation and disposal of medical waste through its wholly owned subsidiary, Chambers Medical Technologies, Inc.
 Chambers provides security services through its wholly owned subsidiary, Security Bureau, Inc., the 10th largest U.S. security firm.
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