Avis Board Announces New President and CEO

The Avis Board is pleased to announce Greg King as Avis Industrial Corporation’s new President and CEO, effective immediately.
Greg has spent the last four and a half years as President & General Manager of Harris Equipment, one of Avis’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, with operations in Cordele and Baxley, Georgia, as well as sales and engineering offices in Wiltshire, UK.  The search for a new leader at Harris is in process, but in the short interim, Greg will continue to manage Harris in his role as President and CEO of Avis.
Prior to joining Harris and Avis, Greg worked at WestRock, formerly Rock-Tenn Company, of Atlanta, Georgia from 1989 through 2015 in various senior executive roles.
“I feel Greg is a very good fit for Avis and the unique group of companies Leland has built over the years.  I promised Leland I would step in on an interim basis if needed, and I feel good about honoring that commitment.  It is now time for Avis to move forward with a full-time, engaged leader and continue developing and growing what Leland was so passionate about,” said Ron McDaniel, Chairman.
Greg King said, “I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead Avis Industrial and its diverse portfolio of companies.  I look forward to working with the team in Upland, Indiana, and at each of our subsidiaries.  To say I am excited would be an understatement; we will work together to make a great company even better.”

Harris to Sell Direct in United Kingdom and Ireland

March 21, 2018- Cordele, GA USA – Harris Waste Management, is pleased to announce we are selling our equipment direct in the United Kingdom and Ireland, for the recycling and waste services industry,

Effective immediately, all sales will be handled by the company’s long-established and experienced Parts and Service operation based in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

According to Harris, the company will now handle the sales process entirely in-house, from the quotation to the order, shipping, installation and commissioning and the all-important parts and service support.

Harris’ President Greg King comments ‘We believe our customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland, will welcome a move that enables them to deal directly with the manufacturer which offers a seamless process from sale to installation and on-going product support.

Harris is regarded as the market leader in the supply of two-ram balers, capable of handling waste and recyclables including plastics, cardboard, aluminum and paper. These are complemented by comprehensive ranges of open- and closed-end horizontal balers, as well as shears, balers and shredders for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Parts for all Harris machines are held at the company’s Tewkesbury premises. Fully-mobile and experienced engineers are on hand to assist with all aspects of installation, servicing and trouble-shooting.

Further information available from:

Peter Coates

General Manager Harris Waste Management UK Ltd

Tel: + 44 (0) 1684 254980

Mobile: + 44 (0) 7801 239860

email: peter.coates@harrisequip.com uksales@harrisequip.com

Harris UK Relocates

Harris have relocated their UK/European parts and service operation to new, custom-built premises in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Located within just two minutes of the motorway network, the new location gives easy access both to UK customers and to international airports, for swift despatch of Harris parts across the UK, Europe and farther afield.

Harris UK is contactable on + 44 (0) 1684 254980, peter.coates@harrisequip.com

Harris Adding A New Distributor

Harris Proudly Announces Appointment of New


Plum Creek Environmental Technologies


March 28, 2017 – Cordele, GA – Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. is pleased to announce Plum Creek Environmental Technologies, LLC as its distributor for the states of Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. This distributorship includes sales, parts and service of all Harris vertical, horizontal, and Two Ram balers, including Centurion/HRB brand balers.

President and CEO, Jim Wamble stated “Our staff at Plum Creek is delighted to partner with Harris Waste Management to bring the acknowledged premier recycling machinery manufacturer to our southern states customer base. Our dynamic growth is predicated on providing the finest and most productive equipment on the market, and Harris certainly fills that bill.” We invite former and current Harris customers to contact us on any recycling equipment needs. we are excited to have the knowledge and expertise of the Plum Creek Environmental’ team”  said Jeff Ham, Director of Sales for the US & Canada, Harris, “their commitment, capabilities and excellent reputation will bring added value to our current and future customer base in the region.

Plum Creek Environmental Technologies has recently relocated its corporate headquarters to West Point, MS., and can be contacted at (662) 327-4183 or  sales@PlumCreekET.com  or visit their website www.PlumCreekET.com

Harris is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and support of scrap processing, recycling and waste handling equipment and offers the most experienced, highly skilled team of scrap processing professionals and system design engineers in North America.   Please contact us at 1-800-468-5657,  229-273-2500  or info@harrisequip.com,  www.harrisequip.com


Harris Proudly Announces Appointment of New Dealer


Ely Enterprises, Inc

January 10, 2017 – Cordele, GA – Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. is pleased to announce Ely Enterprises, Inc. as the new distributor for the states of Ohio, SE Michigan, Kentucky, Western Pennsylvania & Western New York.  Ely Enterprises is based in Lorain, OH. This distributorship includes sales, parts and service of all Harris vertical, horizontal, and Two Ram balers, including Cenuturion/HRB brand balers

Ely Enterprises had been involved with recycling equipment industry since 1981. “The leadership of Harris looked closely at its domestic dealer network last fall and determined some changes were needed, we are excited to have the knowledge and expertise of the Ely Enterprises’ team” said Jeff Ham, Director of Sales for the US & Canada, Harris, “their commitment, capabilities and excellent reputation will bring added value to our current and future customer base in the region.


King Named President Of The Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.

Greg King has been named President of The Harris Waste Management Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Avis Industrial Corporation.  King will be responsible for all aspects of the operation and management of Harris, as well as its global product and service offerings.

King joins Harris following a 27-year career with WestRock, formerly known as RockTenn, with executive leadership experience in operations, supply chain, and finance. Most recently King served as WestRock’s Senior Vice President of Recycling.  Leland Boren, Chairman and CEO of Avis commented, “We are pleased to have someone with such a solid background in the recycling industry join the Avis team and lead the charge at Harris. King was one of our customers while at WestRock, and he understands the scrap and recyclables industry and the needs of the processors.”

King holds a BS from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Georgia.  He resides in Suwanee, Georgia with his wife Stephanie, daughter Samantha, and son Landon.

The Harris Waste Management Group, Inc., has been a leader in the recycling industry for over 100 years and manufactures both ferrous and nonferrous processing equipment.  Harris’ products include a diverse line of balers, compactors, shears and shredders that are sold worldwide.  Manufacturing facilities for Harris are located in Baxley and Cordele, Georgia, with an additional office in Wiltshire, United Kingdom.

Blake Brown named the Southeast Regional Sales Manager

Blake Brown has been named the Southeast Regional Sales Manager for The Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. Brown’s territory includes the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Southern Illinois, Southern Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. 

Brown was formerly in sales and marketing at OmniSource, Fitzgerald, Ga. While at OmniSource, he was responsible for marketing, procurement, and customer relations. Prior to that Brown was general manager of Shapiro Metals, located in Fitzgerald, Ga.

Mary Johnson named General Manager

Mary Johnson has been named General Manager, Baxley (Ga.) Operation for The Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. Ms. Johnson has been an employee of Harris for 22 years and has worked for Harris in a number of capacities such as Inside Sales Manager, Shipping Manager, and National Accounts Sales Manager.

Doug Sebastian Announces Retirement

Doug Sebastian’s retirement from Harris Waste Management Group, Inc., effective July 17, 2015.

Doug will remain Vice President of Sales and Marketing until his retirement, after which he will serve as Consultant to the company for an indefinite period of time. As a consultant Doug will work on specific projects assigned by Avis.

Sebastian began his employment with Harris on August 1, 1993 as a Regional Sales Manager for Midwest Region. Two years later, in 1995, he accepted the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing and relocated his family from Ohio to Georgia and has remained the Vice President to this day.

Since Avis’ purchase of Harris on December 31, 2013, Doug’s leadership has been invaluable in the area of sales and knowledge of equipment and the industry, as well as strong customer relationships. We wish Doug all the best and are grateful for his continued involvement at Harris.

Doug shares these comments: “I would like to thank all of you for your support, dedication, and cooperation over the years. It has been a pleasure working with each of you and I have enjoyed my 22 years here. Avis has been kind to recognize my efforts; for that, I am most grateful and look forward to continue working with Harris/Avis as a consultant.” My retirement message is simple. “Work hard when you need to, work hard as a team, and give your best to the company without calculating your returns; they will come in due time.”

Thank you for your support of and business with Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. We look forward to continued, and increased, success together in the future.

Case Atchison named as Western Regional Sales Manager

Harris Waste Management Group, Inc., Baxley and Cordele, Georgia, has hired Case Atchicon as Western Regional Sales Manager as of June 15, 2015.

In his new position, Mr. Atchison will be responsible for leading all Harris sales efforts in support of product and market development for Harris’ non-ferrous and ferrous equipment as well as Harris distributors in his area. Mr. Atchison’s sales region includes WA, OR, CA, MT, ID, WY, UT, CO, AK, HI and Canadian Provence’s of BC, AB, SK, MB as well as Australia and New Zealand.

“We are happy to welcome Case Atchison to the Harris family. His knowledge of the industry will be a great asset to Harris and its customers and dealers in his territory,” said Doug Sebastian, vice president, Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.

Mr. Atchison most recently served as Sales Engineering Manager as well as Engineering Manager at CP Group of Companies. He has 13 years of experience with project management, sales and marketing.