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  • Komptech Americas sends equipment for debris removal

    Komptech Americas was well prepared to send its inventory of high-torque shredders for debris clean up after massive storms ravaged much of Texas and Florida. In total, approximately six machines, a combination of Komptech Terminators as well as Komptech Crambos, have been sent to help cleanup efforts.

  • Green Business Certification launches waste rating system

    Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), an organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, unveiled TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency), the new brand identity for its zero waste rating system.

  • Hyundai Construction Equipment to donate $50,000 for hurricane relief

    Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc., said it is supporting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts through an immediate $50,000 corporate donation to the United Way of Greater Houston. The company is calling on its construction equipment and forklift dealers throughout North America to join in this fundraising effort before the end of the month.

  • A Closer Look | JULY 2017 Cherry Companies with Leonard Cherry

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    Leonard Cherry, the owner of Cherry Companies, described the founding of the company in a very simple way – his parents started a house moving business in 1952 with their four sons. “I’m number two,” Cherry said. “We were all raised in the business.”

    While house moving didn’t involve people’s household possessions – the company moved whole houses – Cherry noted that if people left possessions in the house, they were moved right along with it. One memorable move included a grandma who rode along on the porch during the move.

    House moving wasn’t enough work, so “we looked for business opportunities for expansion.” Over the years, the company added more and more services including demolition and interior gut-outs. In the early 1990s, the company opened its environmental company that handled asbestos abatement.

    In 1993, the industrial division opened, followed by concrete recycling. Cherry said that they always focused on ways to re-use or recycle everything, so nothing was wasted.

    The expansions continued, adding more services like commercial demolition and industrial dismantling as well as new equipment, like a portable crusher. In 2001, they got involved in the stabilizer business, where concrete, aggregate and water are mixed to make a ground stabilizing mixture.

    Now, the company no longer moves houses, and instead focuses on recycling materials like concrete, asphalt, tires, aggregate and metal while they continue with crushing, dismantling and demolition.

    Cherry said that “it’s been a natural progression” from one business and one material to the next. “We were recycling before it became a buzzword,” he said. Looking towards the future, he said the company will continue doing the things they’ve always done, asking “what’s the long term plan?” and moving the company into the third generation of ownership.

    “We continue to look for business opportunities that connect with what we do,” Cherry said. Expansion is likely to be about new products and industries, rather than geographically, since he said that recycling tends to be “regional and not national.”

    That philosophy has worked well. “Our business has grown every year for the past 22 years, except 2008,” Cherry said. He expects an eight percent growth rate for this year by “expansion of output rather than the newest widget.”

    Although Cherry wants to recycle every bit of material, he said that landfill disposal fees can affect customers’ interest in recycling. However, “we will continue to add items we can recycle at a profit.” And that’s the key. “If it costs $5 to put it in a hole or $8 to recycle, what are you going to do?” he said.

    The company remains a family business, with two brothers-in-law, two sons-in-law, and one aunt working. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a free ride for family members. “Family will get you hired, but it will not prevent you from getting fired,” he said.

    While it’s still a family company, it’s no longer small. As Cherry said, it started with “Mom, dad, and we 4 boys, and we were the crew,” and now the company has 300 employees, 3 portable recycling plants, 5 permanent recycling facilities, and 10 pug mills. Cherry said that they’re the largest recycler in the state of Texas and one of the top 10 demolition companies in the country.

    The demolition work provides raw material for the stabilizing material the company sells, but that’s not enough for their needs so they buy about half of the raw materials from their competitors in the demolition industry. The finished material is sold for pipe bedding, for road grading and temporary roads, and for construction sites.

    Recycled aggregate, another important part of the business, has the same specs as new material, Cherry said. They sell eight different types of aggregate material along with two types of recycled asphalt.

    Cherry said that the good thing about the recycling industry is that it converts a waste stream into a commodity that can be sold. In his market, he can afford to pay for asphalt and concrete, while he accepts roofing shingles for free – which is still better than paying to have them landfilled.

    Sometimes it’s not enough to be able to recycle the materials, though – there has to be a willing market for them. Cherry said that right now recycled asphalt products can be a tough sell because oil prices are relatively low, so the company is working on establishing new markets for the materials.

    “I love my job,” Cherry said. “I love the interaction with co-workers while we try to solve a new problem or find a new market. I like the people and I like the challenge.”

    He also credits the employees for the company’s success. “Our business model has exceeded everything beyond my wildest expectations,” Cherry said. “Primarily because of our employees.”

    Published in the July 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

     

  • Totem Equipment and Supply new Bandit dealer

    Bandit Industries Inc. welcomed Totem Equipment and Supply to the company’s growing dealership network. Located in Anchorage, Totem Equipment will offer sales, parts and service for Bandit hand-fed wood chippers and stump grinders.

    Serving Alaska’s construction industry since 1961, Totem Equipment offers a wide range of experience among their staff, including specialized Bandit parts and service training.

    Published in the June 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • C1S Group constructs Dallas Recycling Plant

    Plastic recycler CarbonLITE has engaged C1S Group as the primary contractor for the construction of its new North Texas recycling facility.

  • Construction employment increased by 58,000, showing continued growth

    Construction employment increased by 58,000 jobs in February to the highest level since November 2008.

  • Romco Equipment joins Atlas Copco’s as dealer

    Atlas Copco Construction Equipment welcomed Romco Equipment Co. to its growing dealer network. The Texas based company will rent, sell and service Atlas Copco compressors, generators and light towers to meet customer demands for portable energy equipment across the state.

    Romco serves the heavy construction and mining industries in Texas. Expanding its line of equipment to include Atlas Copco compressors, generators and light towers, allows Romco to serve additional industries, including oil and gas refineries and shipyards.

    Romco Equipment Co. sells replacement parts and attachments as well as provides maintenance and full refurbishment for worn equipment.

    Romco’s Texas branch locations include Austin, Buffalo, Carmine, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Longview, Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio.

    Published in the May 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Zero net energy by New Buildings Institute

    Architecture firm Siegel & Strain reports that two of the firm’s projects are listed on the recently released list of 20 verified zero net (ZNE) energy buildings in California.

  • CMAA president and CEO to retire

    After serving association members and the construction industry for 18 years, Bruce D’Agostino, president and chief executive officer of CMAA, has will retire in 2017 once a successor has been chosen.

  • Recycled copper and brass markets are improving

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    During the past few years, the increased use of copper for innovative strategies combined with a strong growth in emerging economies, has resulted in significantly higher copper demand.

  • Chicago Pneumatic welcomes new personnel

    Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment (CP) has added three new members to their team with the appointments of Jonathan Cook to vice president, Holly Boutot to marketing communications manager and Justin McKenzey to area sales manager for the Southeast.

    All three appointments are effective immediately.

    Cook takes over for John Vogel, who is retiring after holding the position for the past eight-plus years. As vice president, Cook’s responsibilities include assisting in developing and implementing sales and marketing activities to achieve CP brand targets and goals. He will also identify, develop and manage sales.

    Cook brings nearly 20 years of experience with Atlas Copco, where he held positions as a business development manager and regional sales manager.

    Holly Boutot will be responsible for positively promoting the name, image and reputation of CP to their customer base, stakeholders and employees.

    Boutot comes to CP from Atlas Copco Compressors LLC, where she collected 30 years of experience in marketing and communications.

    Justin McKenzey is the Southeast area sales manager. McKenzey will be responsible for growing all CP product sales through both the rental and dealer channels in his territory.

    Prior to his new position with CP, McKenzey worked with Atlas Copco Construction Equipment as their areas sales manager for rental. He also previously worked with Sunbelt Rentals as a sales associate.

    Published in the March 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Caterpillar to establish headquarters near Chicago

    Caterpillar Inc. will locate a limited group of senior executives and support functions in the Chicago area later this year and reaffirmed the ongoing importance of its presence in Peoria and Central Illinois.

  • Construction employment declined in 110 out of 358 metro areas in 2016

    Construction employment declined in 110 out of 358 metro areas between December 2015 and December 2016, was stagnant in another 65 and increased in 183, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • Representation in construction up 0.6 percent from last year

    Union representation in the construction industry (covering all occupations) rose from 14.0 percent in 2015 to 14.6 percent in 2016, according to an annual report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

  • Employment in January highest since 2008

    Construction employment increased by 36,000 jobs in January to the highest level since November 2008 as employers increased pay in an effort to address a chronic worker shortage, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • Seventy-three percent of construction firms plan to expand employment in 2017

    According to the AGC of America (The Associated General Contractors of America), 73 percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2017 as contractors expect private and public sector demand to grow in all market segments, according to survey results released by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate.

  • MCA honors outstanding building projects

    The Metal Construction Association (MCA) 2016 Chairmans Awards are given to the year’s most exceptional building projects involving MCA member companies.

  • USA Insulation expands into Toledo, Ohio

    USA Insulation expanded its presence into Toledo, Ohio in the beginning of February.

  • U.S. construction equipment exports down 25 percent

    Exports of U.S. made construction equipment fell 25 percent overall for the first three quarters of 2016 compared to 2015 January – September, for a total $8.2 billion shipped to global markets.