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    Trash compactor maker names CEO

    BigBelly Solar Inc. said Wednesday that it has hired Jim Norrod to be its chief executive.

    Founded in 2003, the Newton company makes solar-powered trash and recycling receptacles that crush their contents, increasing capacity.

    BigBelly Solar said it picked Norrod because the veteran chief executive has a record of helping companies grow, resulting in several profitable mergers and acquisitions. Norrod is a former CEO of Infinite Power Solutions.

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    “Bringing Jim Norrod onto the team will help our company turn its second decade into one that is exponentially more successful and impactful in creating positive changes for our growing customer base,” said BigBelly Solar’s founder and president, Jim Poss.

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    Norrod has also been chief executive of Segway Inc., Xanoptix Inc., Cignal Global, Octocom-Telebit-ITK, Adage Inc., and CGX Corp.

    “Growing promising businesses based on game-changing technology has been the most exciting and rewarding aspect of my career,” Norrod said. “While BigBelly Solar has been remarkably impressive so far, they have only begun to scratch the surface of the total opportunity.”

    BigBelly Solar also said that former Babson College president Brian M. Barefoot has joined the company’s board .

    Last summer, the City of Boston said that it would add 400 BigBelly containers to its streets over the following year, bringing the citywide total to 576.

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    Each container costs $6,000 but holds 150 gallons of trash or recyclables — five times what a typical can holds.

    BigBelly Solar says its containers are used by more than 1,000 cities, companies, and universities worldwide.

    Callum Borchers

    Callum Borchers can be reached at callum.borchers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.