CMC commissions nonferrous sorting plant

Commercial Metals Co. (CMC), headquartered in Irving, Texas, was joined by equipment and technology provider Wendt Corp. at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at CMC’s Lexington, South Carolina, facility May 9, to commission CMC’s newest nonferrous metal sorting plant.

The equipment and technology at the facility will allow CMC to recover nearly all metals from the automobile shredder residue (ASR) generated by its shredder locations in the Southeast, according to a news release from Wendt Corp.

At the event, guests toured the new recycling plant and participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. CMC officers present included Chairman, President and CEO Barbara Smith and the company’s Director of Recycling for the East Region Brian Halloran. Both spoke at the event on the positive impact the new plant will have on the community, according to Wendt Corp.

Smith and Halloran said the new installation involves creating jobs in the community and protecting the environment by reducing the amount of material that is landfilled. The company estimates that thousands of truckloads of metal will stay out of landfills because they will now be recovered by the plant.

“It was a true pleasure to be invited to CMC’s ribbon cutting ceremony,” Tom Wendt Jr. said. “The ability to be a part of CMC’s 100-year history and hearing about the positive environmental and economic impact that the plant we supplied will have on the community is a very rewarding experience for me.”

CMC employees and the regional management team, plus South Carolina government officials, attended the ceremony.

Wendt Corp., with headquarters in Buffalo, New York, says it has customized CMC’s nonferrous recovery plant to meet its specific needs using a combination of equipment from Wendt and other manufacturers. The system will recover mixed nonferrous metal grades, including zorba and zurik, and more difficult-to-recover materials, such as insulated copper wire and fine metals.

Metso launches Metso Metrics software

Metso, headquartered in Helsinki, launched its Metso Metrics software for mobile M&J preshredders at IFAT 2018, which took place May 14-18 in Munich. The software is designed to further optimize shredder capacity, efficiency and reliability with near real-time data, the company says.

“Tracking the performance and condition of a mobile shredder can be challenging,” Henning Lindbjerg, head of strategic projects, business development, recycling, at Metso, says. “With Metso Metrics, our customers will have the right information at the right time to make the decisions that allow them to get the most out of their equipment. Added intelligence helps achieve improved utilization rates and operational efficiency.”

The cloud-based, remote monitoring and data visualization service gives customers near real-time access to data and insights pertaining to their shredders’ operational performance and maintenance needs. Optionally, Metso’s service team can analyze the data and provide recommendations for further improvement.

Metso Metrics will be integrated with all mobile M&J preshredders from August onward, according to the company.

McNeilus names West Coast service provider

Dodge Center, Minnesota-based McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing Inc., a company of Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has named Portland, Oregon-based TEC Equipment its new authorized parts and service provider in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. McNeilus factory-trained technicians will continue to support all markets, the company says.

McNeilus is a manufacturer of refuse truck bodies, while TEC Equipment has been serving the commercial vehicle industry for more than 40 years and has 26 locations along the West Coast.

“Expanding our network is part of an overall strategy to provide our customers with more options to best meet their needs after the sale. This initiative with TEC helps us accomplish that,” says Brad Nelson, president of Oshkosh Corp.’s commercial segment and McNeilus. “The additional local support and service capabilities will add visible benefits for customers in these markets so that we can continue to deliver outstanding service our customers have come to expect.”

McNeilus says it will provide technician training to ensure that TEC Equipment personnel have extensive working knowledge of all its products. According to the company, the addition of TEC Equipment service centers in West Coast market areas helps McNeilus meet its primary objective to provide the best parts, service and support to customers nationwide.

“TEC Equipment and McNeilus believe in offering customers the best-in-class service and support. This partnership continues that tradition, and we’re excited to work together to provide the best in both,” says Tina Harrow, vice president of parts operations at TEC Equipment.

From left: Brian Loderhose and Kevin Kientz of Van Keppel

Sennebogen adds G.W. Van Keppel Co. to dealer network

The G.W. Van Keppel Co., headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has announced it will represent the Sennebogen line of material handlers throughout much of the state of Arkansas. Sennebogen LLC, the North American subsidiary of Germany-based Senebogen GmbH, is in Stanley, North Carolina.

Constantino Lannes, president of Sennebogen LLC, says, “We are pleased to have the Van Keppel family as part of our network. They share our family values and ongoing commitment to customer service.”

Kevin Kientz, executive vice president of Van Keppel, says Sennebogen offers a premier line of proven material handling machines, backed by unparalleled parts and service support.

“Scrap and metal recycling have long been a key sector for our business,” Kientz says. “When we needed to find a line of material handlers, the Sennebogen name was at the top of our list. We’re very pleased to now offer the industry-leading machines, plus the resources to support our commitment to customer service.”

Sales and service for Sennebogen machines in Arkansas will be centered from Van Keppel branches in Little Rock. Kientz says Sennebogen has been on-site to train Van Keppel’s specialists in the material handling equipment.

Sennebogen LLC’s 100,000-square-foot head office and warehouse complex was a key factor in Van Keppel’s decision to represent the line, the company says.

“Sennebogen really understands how to support our service philosophy,” Kientz says. “Having a complete parts inventory for every machine they have in the field, ready to ship here in North America, is critical.”

South Carolina county selects Machinex

Machinex Technologies Inc., the U.S. office of Machinex Industries Inc., Plessisville, Quebec, has announced that it was awarded the bid to provide a new single-stream system for York County, South Carolina’s material recovery facility (MRF). This system will allow the county to process the growing tonnage of residential recyclables from its 16 collection and recycling centers.

The system is designed to process 10,000 to 15,000 tons per year of single-stream recyclables that come primarily from residences with a limited amount of commercial material. It features a Mach double-deck OCC screen, which is designed to reduce wrapping and improve cardboard recovery, and a fines screen at the beginning of the process. A Mach Ballistic Separator was installed instead of a traditional disc screen to separate the fiber from the containers. The automated container-sorting line includes an optical sorter to recover polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a magnet and an eddy current separator. A Machinex two-ram baler was selected to complete this system.

“The Machinex project management team did a great job of keeping the project moving along, and our interaction with their crews was excellent,” says Arthur Ligon of the York County government. “The startup personnel did a very good job training us on the system and helping our staff with all of the operational aspects of the system.”

York County is in the Piedmont region, between the Broad and Catawba rivers. It is home to nine municipalities, including Fort Mill, South Carolina.