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January 28, 2019

Bengal Machine acquires CM Recycling Equipment Solutions

Bengal Machine, Buffalo, New York, the parent company of Schutte-Buffalo Hammermill LLC, has acquired CM Recycling Equipment Solutions, Sarasota, Florida, a tire shredding equipment manufacturer and industrial shredding solutions provider.

According to a Bengal Machine news release, the asset purchase of CM fits with Bengal’s strategy to combine world-class brands in the size-reduction industry into a fully integrated manufacturer offering complete solutions across a wide range of industries and size-reduction applications. CM Shredder will offer two brands to the primary and secondary shredding markets: CM Tire Shredders and CM Industrial Shredders. Bengal Machine reports that Schutte-Buffalo will become Schutte Hammermill and will focus on its hammer mill, crusher and lump-breaker product lines.

“With the acquisition of the Columbus McKinnon shredder business and the combination with our Schutte Hammermill product lines, now under the Bengal Machine banner, our company has moved into an ideal position to become the size-reduction equipment supplier for nearly every market need, regardless of the products or materials our customers are working with,” says Martin Berardi, CEO of Bengal Machine. “The purchase represents a strategic opportunity to add significantly to our worldwide installation base and grow our capacity and scale.”

Charles Astafan, general manager of CM Shredder, adds, “CM Shredder is really looking forward to a very positive relationship together with another leader in size-reduction equipment manufacture. Both companies bring a long history of customer service and excellence we are confident will continue.”

Okada and Rotar form North American alliance

Okada America Inc., Clackamas, Oregon, and Rotar International BV, based in the Netherlands, have announced a joint alliance of their demolition attachment businesses in the North American marketplace effective Jan. 1.

The alliance was created to offer customers more options in demolition, recycling and scrap yard attachments, Okada says in a news release. The statement adds that the joint alliance will strengthen the companies’ distributor networks and their ability to service existing and future customers.

Okada will provide sales, service, parts and warranty support for the Rotar products in addition to continuing to support existing Okada products in the field.

“We are very pleased to team up with Rotar International BV and to be adding Rotar products to complement our existing line of attachments,” says Okada President Jim Brown. “Rotar’s demolition, recycling, scrap handling and mobile shear products are field-proven for performance and reliability, and they are backed by Rotar’s years of quality manufacturing experience.”

Through more than 200 U.S. and Canadian distributors, Okada offers a complete line of excavator, loader/backhoe, skid-steer, track, compact utility loader and mini-excavator mounted attachments, including breakers (TOP Series and ORV Series), crushers, demolition shears, pulverizers, processors, grapples, compactors (OAC Series) and screening buckets, along with a pedestal rock-breaker boom system line.

Rotar makes products for the demolition, recycling and scrap markets and supplies hydraulic attachments for those industries.

Fuchs expands North American dealer network

Fuchs, a Terex brand with North American headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, has announced the appointment of Hoffman Equipment, headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey, as the authorized Fuchs distributor for 11 counties in southern New York, the entire state of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania for the full line of Fuchs material handlers.

Tim Watters, Hoffman Equipment president, says, “We are so excited to be named the Fuchs’ dealer for southern New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. Fuchs is the leading supplier of material handling equipment in the industry, and we are proud to be part of their team.”

He adds, “Hoffman’s success depends on our continued commitment to product support, and we look forward to grow[ing] Fuchs’ share of this dynamic market.”

Hoffman will sell and service the Fuchs brand out of all of its facilities.

“I am delighted the Fuchs team has secured Hoffman as a Fuchs distributor,” says Tim Gerbus, Fuchs North American sales director. “Hoffman has been providing best-in-class service in New Jersey, southern New York and eastern PA since 1920. They provide complete customer service to all their market segments and have extensive knowledge and experience in the material handling industry.”

In addition to sales and rental opportunities, Hoffman Equipment will provide parts, service and warranty support for Fuchs material handlers using factory-trained technicians.

Wendt sells chopping line to GLE Scrap Metal

Wendt Corp., Buffalo, New York, has announced the sale of a high-volume MTB wire chopping line to GLE Scrap Metal. The purchase of the MTB line represents part of an overall company strategy by GLE to broaden its presence in the scrap industry, according to a Wendt Corp. news release.

“The scrap market is constantly changing,” says Dave Siejka, Wendt’s MTB business development manager. “By adding wire chopping capabilities to their operations, an already successful company like GLE takes its destiny into its own hands by adding the flexibility to meet the quality needs of their expanded customer market.”

A first-generation, family-owned business, GLE Scrap Metal found its roots in electronics recycling in 1999. The company acquired its first nonferrous metals facility in 2004 and has grown to three ferrous and nonferrous facilities in Florida and Michigan with more than 150 employees.

A newly acquired facility in Ocoee, Florida, will house the wire chopping installation. GLE operates balers and collects scrap metal from the public and from industrial accounts and scrap dealers in the U.S., Wendt says.

GLE’s automated wire chopping line includes the “latest models of prechoppers, granulators, air density tables and vibratory screens” that MTB offers, Wendt says. The line can process a variety of materials, including aluminum cables, copper cables and shredder wire.

“After our visit to France and processing our materials through the MTB processing facility, we were not only impressed with the equipment’s capabilities, but we [also] felt that the personnel from both Wendt and MTB had similar core values and vision to that of ours at GLE,” says Daniel Zack, GLE CEO.

The company plans to start by processing copper wire and cables with the equipment, which is operational at the site. GLE plans to sell the upgraded materials package domestically and overseas, Wendt says.