SPRINGDALE, ARK.-Jim G. Brooks, 60-year-old chairman and chief executive of plastic lumber maker Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc., collapsed at his office Jan. 16 and was pronounced dead a short time later at Kimble Hospital in Junction, Texas. His son, J. Douglas Brooks, who is vice president, recycled plastics, said Jan. 18: ``We think it might have been a blood clot from an existing heart condition. But we don't know for sure.''
Brooks Sr. was a member of the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission in the late 1970s and early 1980s and served as its chairman in 1979-80.
Separately, Jan. 16 also marked the awarding of AERT's 12th U.S. patent, this one for a system to recycle contaminated polyethylene into high-quality resin, David Chapman, AERT chief financial officer, told the Arkansas Democrat and Gazette.
The company had applied for the patent in December 1993.
Four other AERT patents have been challenged successfully in federal court by Mobil Corp., of Fairfax, Va., a competitor in the plastic composite lumber business.
Son Joe G. Brooks is president of AERT, which is based in Springdale.