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.

Harris Waste Management Group announces the retirement of Mr. George Elkins

Harris Waste Management Group announces the retirement of Mr. George Elkins.

George has been the general manager of the Baxley, Georgia facility since December 2003. Prior to that George was purchasing manager at the Cordele, Georgia facility since Ocrober 1995.

Everyone at Harris appreciates the many years of service that George contributed to the organization and we wish him a happy, healthy retirement.

Avis Industrial Corporation acquires IPS Balers from CP Manufacturing

Avis Industrial Corporation, a privately-held company with ten subsidiaries throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, announces the acquisition of IPS Balers, Inc. in Baxley, Georgia.

IPS Balers, Inc. is a manufacturer of ferrous, non-ferrous, plastics, and mixed fiber balers. IPS has been providing balers and conveyors to the recycling industry for nearly two decades. Since 2008, IPS was a part of the CP Group of Companies, an international manufacturer of material recovery facilities and equipment including disc screens, trommels, optical sorters and other material separation and recovery equipment.

With this acquisition, IPS becomes the third baler company in the Avis Industrial holdings and joins The American Baler Co. and The Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.  Avis subject companies manufacture and sell shears, shredders, and compactors among other products in the recycling industry.

Leland Boren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avis Industrial states, “We are pleased to add IPS to our baler manufacturing companies. The features that are exclusive to IPS machines, including the pre-compression lids, hinge sides, and bale-tie two rams, are innovative and allow us to meet the requirements of even more customers in the recycling industry.”

In conjunction with this sale, Avis Industrial is pleased to announce the naming of CP as a strategic international distributor, authorizing CP to sell all of the Avis lines of balers.

“Six years ago, CP acquired IPS to offer customers a complete package to our sort systems. Now, as a distributor for Avis, we will be able to offer our customers even more baler solutions. CP looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial business relationship with Avis,” says CP President, Terry Schneider.

Avis says in turn, they will have direct access to CP sorting systems, including industry-leading disc screens and optical sorters, among other MRF equipment components. Boren concludes, “We are excited about future opportunities with CP, leveraging their MRF equipment and design solutions within our network.”

Schneider and Boren jointly stated they believe the global recycling industry is in its infancy.  The requirements and interest in sustainability and finding solutions to reduce waste and landfills have increased enormously.

Multiple Centurion EHD 200 Balers for quick Delivery

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Jon Lanker Announces Retirement after 46 years of service

Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. announce the retirement of Jon Lanker who has elected to retire after 46 years of service.  Jon started his career as a draftsman with Harris in 1966 where he moved up through the company as Inside Sales Representative then to Regional Sales Manager and in 1990, Jon was promoted into the position of  Ferrous Sales Manager.

Jon also served in the U.S. Navy for four years and received numerous medals for his service including the National Defense Service Medal.

Throughout Jon’s long career with Harris, he has become well known and respected within the Scrap and Waste Industries. He now looks forward to spending more time with his wife Anna and his two sons Michael and Jonathan..

“Everyone here at Harris congratulates Jon on his retirement and thanks him for his dedication of 46 years as a valued employee of Harris.  We all wish Jon a long and happy retirement and he will be missed,” said Doug Sebastian, VP, Harris.

Consolidation of Customer Service Group

Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. is announcing the closure of its Portland Service Center located in Clackamas, Oregon, effective April 30, 2012.

“Harris’ plan is to consolidate its operations and drive accountability for increased Customer Service through our expanded CSR group”, said Kenneth Galason, President of Harris. “We intend to maintain and grow our business on the west coast by investing in people and partnering with our distributors to drive our inventory availability and field service”.

Harris Field Service Technicians based in Portland and Riverside, California will not be impacted by the closure and parts inventories will be maintained to support Harris’ West Coast Service requirements.

All incoming Service and Parts requests will be directed to the Harris Customer Service (CSR) Groups in Cordele and Baxley.

The direct contact information for Harris Waste Management Group’s CSR Group is 800-710-4994 or 229-273-2500.

Harris Continues to Invest in Latin-America

Harris is pleased to welcome Fernando Robayo to our team as LATAM Customer Service Advisor. Fernando joins the Harris LATAM team in Harris’ growing investment in Latin-America.

“Fernando is a great addition to Harris’ continued emphasis to our Latin-American customers. He will be a great asset to our expanding presence in the area,” said George Lanza, Global Commercial Director.

Robayo’s responsibilities include attending to client’s needs in equipment and parts sales, service, and customer support. Fernando speaks English, Spanish and has knowledge of Portuguese.