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April 29, 2014
CDR Staff

Peterson recognizes 2013 Dealer of the Year

Peterson Pacific, a Eugene, Ore.-based manufacturer of horizontal grinders, drum and disc chippers, blower trucks and screens, has announced Barry Equipment Co. of Webster, Mass., as its 2013 Dealer of the Year. This is the second time in two years that Barry Equipment has won the award.

“Barry Equipment Co. has achieved this award twice due to their assembly of a world-class sales and product support team,” says Brian Gray, Peterson eastern sales manager. “Their support after the sale is unsurpassed within our industry, and Barry’s dedication, focus and vision to the Peterson product line and the markets we serve make them a tremendous partner and raises the bar for dealer performance. Peterson is honored to have Barry Equipment Co. as a dealer and proud to present the Dealer of the Year award for the second time to recognize their superb performance in 2013.”

Charlie Bagnall, Peterson’s northeastern sales rep agrees. “The 2013 Dealer of the Year award underlines Barry Equipment’s commitment to their customers,” he says. “Barry Equipment is the total package. They provide superior equipment, advice and support for their customers. If a machine goes down, they are right there to get our clients back to work. I’m proud that we have the best partner in Barry Equipment here in the Northeast.”

Barry Equipment Co. Inc. was established in 1985 and is a family owned and operated equipment dealership located on Interstate 395 in Webster, servicing New England and New York state.


Morbark signs contract with manufacturer

Morbark Inc., a Winn, Mich.-based manufacturer of wood waste reduction equipment, has signed a contract with Precision Sharpening Devices Inc. (PSDI), Erie, Pa., to become the exclusive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to sell the Bevel Buddy chipper knife sharpener through its authorized dealer network.

PSDI has been manufacturing counter grinding/back beveling equipment for knives used by a variety of industries, mostly for the pulp and paper, sawmill, plywood, and whole tree chipping markets since 1988. The sharpener allows the knives to be resharpened without needing to be removed from the machine. The knives can be resharpened this way two to three times, reducing customer downtime, according to the company.

“The partnership between Morbark Inc., and Precision Sharpening Devices, with their line of Bevel Buddy chipper knife sharpeners, will offer our customers a product that helps them operate their equipment at the highest levels of efficiency,” says Mark Mills with PSDI. “The results are fuel savings, meeting production quotas, less downtime and greatly reducing their overall costs while maintaining a quality product and a safer work environment. Both parties view this as a ‘What’s best for the customer’ focus.”

“We’re always looking for ways to make our customers more productive, more efficient and more successful,” says John Foote, Morbark vice president of sales and marketing. “Partnering with Precision Sharpening Devices to offer the Bevel Buddy through our worldwide network of authorized Morbark dealers gives our customers easy access to another tool to help them be more productive and ultimately more successful.”


Hammel adds dealer in western US

Hammel New York LLC, Bohemia, N.Y., has announced Bejac Corp. as its official dealer covering all states west of the Rocky Mountains. Hammel New York is the North American distributor for Germany-based Hammel Recyclingtechnik GmbH, which offers a line of primary and secondary shredders and sorting equipment for the recycling industry.

Bejac Corp. is based in Placentia, Calif., 30 miles south of Los Angeles. The company will represent Hammel products from its seven branches located in San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Fresno, Redding, the Oakland Bay, Calif., area and Phoenix.

Since the 1980s, Bejac has been partnering with manufacturers to offer sales, rental and service for a wide variety of construction and niche markets. The company says it chooses suppliers who “focus on one product line to build an equipment mix that maximizes opportunities for its customers.”

The markets it serves include material and scrap handling, C&D recycling operations, waste transfer stations, forestry operations, terminal facilities, demolition contractors, wood, steel, paper and grain mills and cattle operations, in addition to some traditional construction markets.

More information is available by contacting Robert Cycon, vice president and general manager of Bejac Corp., at


Bomag to open North American headquarters in South Carolina

Bomag Americas, a manufacturer of asphalt reclaimers, compaction equipment, milling machines, pavers and other equipment for road building and construction markets, has announced plans to establish its North America headquarters in Ridgeway, S.C.

Bomag says it will invest $18.2 million and employ more than 120 people at the new facility. The headquarters location also will include a showcase room and an assembly operation.

The new 127,600-square-foot facility will be constructed at the Fairfield Commerce Center in Ridgeway and will include a spare parts warehouse, an assembly area and office space.

Bomag expects to break ground on the new facility in March with estimated completion in October. South Carolina’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits and a $1.1 million rural infrastructure grant for site preparation and infrastructure improvements.

“Our intent with this project is to strengthen our North American organization with the objective of being closer as well as better serving our customers,” says Walter Link, president of Bomag Americas.


New machine designed to improve air quality

Company Wrench, a Carroll, Ohio-based demolition, scrap and construction equipment dealer and rental company, has patented its green technology invention, the Hi-pressure Air Water Cannon (HAWC).

Designed and created by its manufacturing division, C.W. MachineWorx, the machine is used to bring down harmful particulate matter that affect air quality around job sites by shooting a high-powered stream of mist at dust sources, which bring the particles to the ground.

In addition, C.W. MachineWorx and Company Wrench recently unveiled their newest dust suppression unit, the Mini HAWC at Con Expo/Con-Agg in Las Vegas in March. It is a smaller, more water-conscious mobile diesel unit that features control system updates and the exclusive Cummins QSF.2.8L Tier 4 engine.

According to the companies, the Mini HAWC is the first and only mobile dust suppression unit in the world to achieve Tier 4 emissions standards.


Equipment industry veteran retires

William Guptail, a 46-year employee of General Kinematics Corp. (GK), Crystal Lake, Ill., has officially announced his retirement.

Guptail, who spent much of his career focusing on the scrap and C&D recycling sectors, was inducted into Construction & Demolition Recycling Association’s (CDRA’s ) C&D Recycling Hall of Fame in 2013.

According to GK, Guptail started working in the recycling industry in the early 1980s. “His involvement in construction and demolition [recycling] was an outgrowth of his work in the waste-to-energy industry, where companies were looking for opportunities to recover various commodities from the construction and demolition waste stream,” the company says.

Guptail started his career with GK as an engineer, but his “innate mechanical curiosity, hands-on approach and amiable personality helped him to move along to positions of sales engineer, industry sales manager and his most recent position of director of recycling,” says GK.

Guptail pioneered and patented several innovations into C&D sorting systems, according to GK, including:

  • the primary finger screen for size separation, designed to provide recovery rates from 40 to 60 percent;
  • the secondary B-line for fines, which could improve recovery rates to beyond 70 percent;
  • the vibratory Destoner for density separation, designed to bring recovery rates beyond 80 percent; and
  • modified internal design changes of the vibratory Destoner for enhanced separation.

Guptail’s other work and research focused on mechanical sorting techniques for use in downstream automobile shredding applications.

“The General Kinematics core philosophy of combining innovative technologies with production process insight and creativity to deliver the highest quality equipment and solutions in the industry is demonstrated by Bill’s career and commitment to seek improvements through design changes in more than 50 C&D sorting facilities across the United States, Canada and Europe,” GK adds.


Shredder manufacturer receives technology award

Lindner-Recyclingtech, based in Austria, has been awarded the Global CemFuels Award. This is the second time the shredder manufacturer, which operates in the United States as Lindner America, has received the award. The Eighth Global CemFuels Conference and Exhibition was held in Vienna, Austria, Feb. 25-26, 2014. More than 190 delegates from more than 30 countries took part in the conference that centers around alternative fuel for the cement and lime industry.

The annual award was presented during the Global CemFuels gala dinner at Palais Ferstel in Vienna’s historic district. The international Global CemFuels Award, covering five categories, reached a new record this year by receiving 1,200 votes from alternative fuel experts from 42 countries. In the category “Most innovative technology for alternative fuel use” Lindner-Recyclingtech was announced as the winner for its refuse-derived fuel (RDF) compact line.

The company says features of its RDF shredder lines include:

  • produce a high quality fuel that is fluffy and consistent in size;
  • output is consistent over the life of the cutting knives because of its unique cutting arrangement and the adjustable counter knives;
  • low operating expenses due to the simple and effective adjustment of the counter knives. This keeps output at maximum, while extending the life of the cutting tools;
  • use of kinetic energy in their drive system, which lowers power peaks, hence, lower power cost; and
  • maintenance access doors, the internal ram and other crucial design details for simple maintenance and operation.

In 2009, Lindner-Recyclingtech received a previous accolade and won the award for its comprehensive range of recycling solutions. The company says it is the only shredder manufacturer to receive a nomination or award since it was first presented in 2008.


Missouri shingle recycler looks to ClearSpan for storage solution

APAC-Missouri Inc. is an asphalt, construction and aggregate company with locations throughout the state of Missouri. Owned by Oldcastle Materials, APAC covers operations ranging from concrete and asphalt paving to aggregate production.

The company recycles used roofing shingles into asphalt material for use on highways and roads, which are highly porous and easily absorb moisture and radiant heat from the sun. Since APAC lacked storage space for the asphalt material, it was stockpiled outdoors, in full contact with the Missouri elements. The company needed to explore more options, says APAC Asphalt Plant Superintendent Robbie Freels.

“We just had to pile them outside, and they were collecting a lot of moisture,” Freels explains. “Before the shingles could be recycled into usable asphalt material, complete removal of all moisture was required. This increased fuel and handling costs, and also added unnecessary time constraints to the process.”

Freels spoke to several farmers in the Missouri area who had purchased ClearSpan Fabric Structures for use in their agricultural operations, and who recommended the durable, versatile buildings as a storage solution. With those recommendations as a stepping stone, Freels began exploring his options. After researching several companies that specialize in fabric structures, Freels decided to work with ClearSpan, headquartered in South Windsor, Conn.

The company purchased three 65-foot-wide by 60-foot-long Hercules Truss Arch Buildings from ClearSpan for locations in Marshall, Columbia and Linn Creek, Mo. All of the structures are currently being used to store the asphalt material to keep it out of the weather.

APAC built each of the structures on a 6-foot concrete block wall. “We got the most space we could possibly get,” says Freels. “We pile the shingles up to the rafters.”