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Michigan-based scrap recycler adds Sennebogen scrap handlers

In 2019, owners Paul and Hunter Cunningham and the staff at Lake Pleasant Recycling and Demolition (LPRD), Hillsdale, Michigan, concluded they were having problems keeping up with internal growth. One such problem was with their two material handlers, which had been purchased in 2012 and now had 5,700 and 7,500 operating hours each. Poor reliability, hard-to-get parts and extended service downtime were costing the company.

Paul and Hunter set out to find the “best fit” material handler for LPRD’s 15-acre operation, which is located in south central Michigan. His search led him to Alta Equipment, a dealership group with multiple locations in the Great Lakes region that represents Sennebogen material handlers. The Cunninghams say they were impressed by the support staff at Alta, which included dedicated Sennebogen product specialists and field service mechanics who were trained specifically on Sennebogen equipment.

Six weeks after reaching a deal, the first of the two Sennebogen 825 M E Series units arrived at LPRD. The second unit was on-site eight weeks later. The material handlers are identical units equipped with Cummins Tier IV emissions engines. One is equipped with a four-tine grapple and the other with a magnet.

Hunter says the handlers came with “a bulletproof front windshield and guarding, a sliding door for quick and easy [access to and from the] cab and full handrails on the outside to prevent falls while performing service work. Most importantly, we needed a rock-solid stable platform that runs hour after hour, day after day.”

Stanley, North Carolina-based Sennebogen LLC offers material handlers designed and made by Germany-based family business Sennebogen.

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AMCS acquires TRUX Route Management Systems

Ireland-based AMCS Group, a global supplier of integrated software and vehicle technology for the waste, recycling and resource industries, has announced its acquisition of Canada-based waste and recycling software provider TRUX Route Management Systems Inc.

The acquisition will result in the newly combined company having 1,000 customers in North America, with the TRUX portfolio now representing 40 percent of AMCS’ global business, according to an AMCS press release.

“The North American waste market is a very strategic market for AMCS and shaping to be an exciting place for growth in the coming years,” says AMCS CEO Jimmy Martin.

“TRUX has been a pioneer and leader in the development of software for the waste management industry in North America over the past 30 years,” David Ische, president of Cambridge, Ontario-based TRUX, says. “We are excited to take the next step in our evolution with AMCS to deliver best-in-class software for the broader global market.”

Martin says the acquisition, at an amount that has not been disclosed, will benefit AMCS customers around the world. “With the strength of TRUX’s customers in the mid and enterprise market, coupled with AMCS’ investment and resources, I am confident that all our customers will benefit from the integration of the two businesses.”

He adds that Ische will join the AMCS senior management team as director of business development.

AMCS’ North American headquarters are based in Boston. AMCS says it has completed a number of key acquisitions in recent years in different parts of the world, allowing the company to strengthen its position “as a world leader in software and technology for the waste and recycling sector.”