Construction and demolition (C&D) recyclers play an integral role in helping divert material from landfills, and in the process, create valuable end markets for the recyclables they sort. In an effort to help identify some of the nation’s leading companies, Construction & Demolition Recycling (C&DR) asked operators to submit site-specific processing volume from 2019 for inclusion on our High-Volume Mixed C&D Recyclers List.
General Kinematics is celebrating 60 years in business! We feel fortunate that our customers have not only supported us, but also helped fuel our passion for innovation. For years, we have developed entire recycling systems centered around GK’s proven equipment. Now, we are taking on that challenge full-time as a system integrator.
GK customers have always relied on us to provide a high return on investment. Our system focus is no different. GK’s proven methodology to deliver a return continues to be the focal point of everything we do. System integrators or stand-alone engineering firms often rely on various OEMs to provide the necessary equipment knowledge. GK will utilize years of industry experience and expertise to become your one-stop shop. At our core, GK is an engineering-based company; we understand the principles that make a great system. Bundling our core equipment knowledge with our engineering expertise into one service offering creates a winning combination.
We see a massive void in the major markets we serve. At GK, we are taking this as an opportunity to provide our expertise and support. We are incredibly proud of the equipment we have in operation today. The ongoing support of this equipment is something we take seriously. It’s because of this commitment to service that being a full-time system integrator makes sense. We can design, build and deliver any C&D project using cutting-edge technology. Our controls packages are the lifeblood of the entire system—linking every piece of the system together and making it crucial to know how the whole system interacts. This is critical, because more and more, the integrators are asking OEMs for support on how to best handle a given process.
From our perspective, the question becomes, “How can an equipment provider with decades of experience building out processes not take the logical step into pursuing systems full-time?” Controlling the high standards and, ultimately, the ROI our customers deserve is always our focus. For decades, we have worked with many talented partners. Over time, we’ve seen that the most valuable of those relationships thrive when the combined efforts of the integrator and OEM provide the best solution for the customer. However, our determination to provide our customers with the best solution may demand that GK takes the lead.
With GK’s integrated approach to the marketplace, we believe it is our on-site support structure that will allow us to shine. We take great pride in the quality of our equipment and will continue working with the customer to keep our machines running at peak efficiency for the life of the system. A full staff of dedicated GK service technicians, who can reach every part of the U.S. and Canada quickly, is always ready to go where needed. Once on-site, our technical team is second to none, making sure our customers are getting the output their process requires. By utilizing advanced automation and controls, we can go a step further by remotely monitoring our equipment. Our controls group back at headquarters can then work with the on-site team to make rapid and effective change. There is no waiting for third party support because all the expertise needed is already on hand. Having spent years creating designs that last, we also know firsthand that following proper PM schedules significantly increases equipment longevity. In 2018, GK launched its BARRIER program to provide equipment health inspections. Using our Vertex vibration monitoring, GK can have minute-by-minute analysis on our equipment to ensure it is always running as designed. This added level of support ties directly into our system expertise. General Kinematics is known for world-class support, and our dedicated project management team will ensure projects remain on time and on budget. This is yet another reason we believe this model works for the C&D industry.
Approximately two years ago, GK acquired Tuffman Equipment Company. With this acquisition, GK rounded out its portfolio of recycling equipment. Our new Tuffman product line, which includes pick stations, trommels and conveyor belts, completes our in-house range of solutions. Originally based in Missouri, we elected to move the manufacturing of Tuffman Equipment into GK’s world-class manufacturing plant in Illinois. At that same time, we upgraded the quality of the equipment by applying our advanced manufacturing processes. Specifically, we strengthened connection points and drove waste out of the assembly process. Tuffman Equipment remains a brand name, selling as a division within GK. However, our system engineers are fully incorporating Tuffman products into process layouts. For the end user, our integrated solutions are seamless.
Most importantly, our customers say they like the ease of doing business with GK. The Tuffman Equipment acquisition was a critical pivot point in our decision to pursue full-time system work. With this final piece in place, GK is now bidding on system projects. Since all work is done in-house, there is no unnecessary markup, which reflects another way we are able to keep costs low.
Elevate Your Game
Our mantra this year is “Elevate Your Game.” We believe our system work will help customers become more profitable. Keep in mind, this vision is not only for our customers—we challenged ourselves to be better, to do more. Doing system work delivers on that challenge.
NAPA names new chairman
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has announced that James Winford Jr. was sworn in as 2020 chairman at the association’s 65th annual meeting Feb. 3. As chairman, Winford is responsible for guiding NAPA’s efforts to support the asphalt pavement industry.
Winford is president of Prairie Contractors Inc., Opelousas, Louisiana, which operates five asphalt plants across southwestern and central Louisiana. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from Tulane University and earned his doctorate in civil engineering from Auburn University.
“Ours is an industry that rises to the occasion for innovation and technological advances,” Winford says. “Asphalt pavements are an engineered product and no matter the need or the application, we can devise a solution.”
Winford will also work with NAPA’s professional staff in Washington to engage with Congress over the reauthorization of the nation’s federal surface transportation program and the need for a robust, stable funding stream for construction, maintenance and improvement of the nation’s infrastructure.
Winford has been an active member of NAPA, serving as the state director for Louisiana for three years and on various engineering and pavement-quality committees and task groups. He also served on the NCAT board of directors for 11 years, including four years as board chair, and he has sat on the NAPA Research & Education Foundation board of directors since 2009. Winford is a second-generation NAPA leader with his father, Jim Winford, having served on the NAPA board of governors in the 1960s.
CDRA announces 2020 C&D award winnersThe Construction and Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) has announced a new inductee to its C&D Hall of Fame, as well as its C&D Recycler of the Year and CDRA Member of the Year for 2020.
The C&D Hall of Fame, which recognizes prominent leaders and pioneers in the construction and demolition recycling industry, inducted John Kurtz, president of the family-owned business Kurtz Brothers. The 71-year-old business based out of Independence, Ohio, has grown to become a major C&D recycler in Northeast Ohio, servicing dozens of different industrial sectors, homeowners, companies, communities and agencies.
Kurtz is a long-time member on the CDRA board and has represented the association to both the vinyl industry and the biomass market at industry events.
“[Kurtz] exemplifies the best in the C&D recycling industry,” says Terry Weaver, CDRA president. “His service and innovation in the industry, as well as his work for the association and the local community, make him deserving of this honor.”
For C&D Recycler of the Year, an award meant to honor recycling operators in the construction and demolition recycling industry who have made an extraordinary contribution, the CDRA chose DTG Recycling Services as the recipient.
The Renton, Washington-based multi-discipline recycling company has eight processing operations in its region that handle materials from concrete to plastics. The company’s recent accomplishments, such as acquiring and saving a failing MRF, launching a mattress recycling division, instituting a $16 per hour livable wage for employees and working with a local marine life conservancy program, helped DTG win the award.
Brandon Lapsys of Denver-based Komptech Americas has been chosen as CDRA Member of the Year. Lapsys, who serves as co-chair of the committee, has helped drive membership increases for the CDRA, while also providing guidance on the association’s marketing efforts.
The CDRA Best Practices in Safety Awards, which highlight members that establish specific goals for improving their compliance and safety performance, were also announced.
- DTG Recycling Group - Mill Creek, Washington
- Lautenbach Industries - Mt. Vernon, Washington
- Michael Brothers Hauling & Recycling - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- TAZ Recycling - McCook, Illinois
- Mazza Recycling - Tinton Falls, New Jersey
- Premier Recycle - San Jose, California
- R&B Debris - Folsom, New Jersey
AeroAggregates plans $24M expansion
AeroAggregates, Eddystone, Pennsylvania, has announced that it closed on a $24 million growth equity investment from Valterra Partners, a New York-based private equity firm. The company says the investment will fund the expansion of its existing plant in Eddystone as well as the construction of two additional facilities in New England and the Southeast in 2020.
Founded in 2012 by CEO Archie Filshill, AeroAggregates is a vertically integrated manufacturer of lightweight foamed glass aggregate (FGA), which is used primarily in the infrastructure, construction and engineering industries. Aero’s products are manufactured in the U.S. from 100 percent post-consumer recycled glass, with each kiln saving more than 140 million glass bottles from landfill annually.
Aero’s material has been approved for road projects by several state transportation departments, following “years of rigorous testing and successful projects at the county, state and federal level,” the company says.
AEM calls USMCA a victory for equipment makers
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater says American politicians got it right concerning the authorship and passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade (USMCA). The U.S.’s ratification of USMCA was signed by President Trump on Jan. 29, moving it one step closer to replacing the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
“President Trump and Congress have delivered a free trade agreement that works for equipment manufacturers, farmers and working families across the country,” says Slater. “We thank President Trump, Vice President Pence, House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader McConnell for their leadership and for putting policy ahead of politics to get this landmark deal across the finish line.”
Slater says the USMCA “restores certainty to the North American market and secures duty-free access to our industry’s two largest export markets. It will help equipment manufacturers grow in the United States, compete globally, and support millions of family-sustaining jobs across the country.”
Slater was joined in his positive comments by executives representing the equipment manufacturing sector, including Jason Andringa, president and CEO of Pella, Iowa-based Vermeer Corp. “As a manufacturer of large construction and agricultural equipment making an impact on communities around the world, we look forward to moves that make getting Vermeer equipment in the hands of those who need it easier than before,” says Andringa.
Adds Stephen Roy, a senior vice president with Volvo Construction Equipment, “USMCA is essential for growth in the manufacturing backbone of the American economy—equipment manufacturers depend on low barriers to trade, especially with our closest neighbors.”
Komatsu America Chairman and CEO Rod Schrader adds, “The strong bipartisan support of the USMCA indicates how important it was to update our trading rules. USMCA will allow American manufacturers to establish more predictable trade relations and helps ensure fair trade for our products with our important trading partners, Canada and Mexico.”