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.

Glenn Godwin named as Director of Quality and Safety

Harris Waste Management Group, Inc., Baxley and Cordele, Georgia, has hired Glenn Godwin as Director of Quality and Safety as of April 20, 2015.

Previously Godwin was Operational Excellence Manager at an Imerys mining and processing facility in Andersonville, Georgia, where he was responsible for 5S implementation, achieving cost reductions and facilitating continuous quality improvement. Godwin brings over a decade of experience to Harris, having quality, safety, management and leadership experience at a variety of companies throughout the state of Georgia.

Godwin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

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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.