Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) announced that industry professionals from around the world gathered at its Newton, New Hampshire, headquarters during the week of Oct. 1 for the 2018 CBI and Ecotec Factory Forum. The three-day event was highlighted by CBI’s Demo Day, which featured an on-site demo arena that housed live demolitions featuring 12 machines from the CBI and Ecotec product lines, including the all-new 6800CT Horizontal Grinder and Phoenix 1600 Trommel Screen.
Ahead of the Oct. 3 Demo Day, service teams throughout North America were invited to the facility for hands-on technical workshops led by the team members at the factory who design and service the equipment.
The Demo Day was headlined by a pair of CBI 6800CT Horizontal Grinders. Built to process land clearing debris, pallets, clean industrial waste, stumps, logs, mulch, bark, shingles and whole trees, the 6800CTs devoured entire trees and stacked the desired end-products in front of the crowd.
A pair of 5800BT Horizontal Grinders also processed high volumes of material and demonstrated their powerful and portable designs. The newly available TSC 80T Stacking Conveyor was lined up in front of a 5800BT to show how end-users can optimize their current operations. Entire trees were loaded into the 7544 Flail & Disc Chipper combo, and guests watched as the machine debarked logs and blasted out a pile of chips. CBI also showcased the 6400 Horizontal Grinder’s ability to process railroad ties contaminated with metal. Terex Ecotec’s TDS 820 Slow Speed Shredder also processed railroad ties and pallets.
CBI’s 30th Anniversary Dinner was kicked off in style with the first-ever “Golden Grizzly Awards” recognizing excellence in the industry. Guests enjoyed a New England-style clam bake dinner during the ceremony. Jasen Stock, executive director of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA) was awarded the 2018 Community Impact Award for his work on reversing a biomass bill veto. Paul Campbell, founder and president of Dixon, California-based Powerscreen of California and Hawaii, was presented with the North American Ecotec Dealer of the Year Award. The team at Powerscreen of Florida accepted CBI’s 2018 Dealer of the Year Award. Guests were then treated to live music and an afterparty in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
On the final day of the event, customers and service techs attended performance optimization courses to improve their understanding of the latest equipment upgrades.