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.

Avis Industrial Corporation Acquires Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.

Avis Industrial Corporation, a privately-held company with nine subsidiaries throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, has announced the acquisition of The Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. Harris 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, shears and shredders.  Manufacturing facilities for Harris are located in Baxley and Cordele, Georgia, with additional engineering and sales offices in San Antonio, Texas, and the United Kingdom.

Leland E. Boren, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avis Industrial, stated,   “The Harris name has a strong legacy in the recycling industry, and we want to build on that tradition by manufacturing quality products, offering exceptional customer service, while at the same time focusing on innovation and new product development.”  Boren said he anticipates no immediate changes in the organization at Harris, including the Harris distributor network.  He did add that with American Baler, a subsidiary of Avis since 1979, “this is an ideal time to find synergies and capitalize on the combined strength of both companies in the baler industry.”

Kenneth Galason, President of Harris, added, “We are excited to be joining the Avis Industrial Corporation group of companies. The leadership at Avis has vast experience in manufacturing which we believe will only add to the success of Harris going forward.”

About Avis Industrial Corporation

Avis Industrial Corporation is the parent company of nine wholly-owned subsidiaries: AI International, Louisville, Kentucky; The American Baler Company, Bellevue, Ohio; Crankshaft Machine Company, Jackson, Michigan; CUMSA Corp., Matamoros, Mexico; Edgerton Forge, Inc., Edgerton, Ohio; James Steel & Tube Co., Madison Heights, Michigan; Pacific Forge, Inc., Fontana, California; Peninsular Cylinder Co., Inc., Roseville, Michigan; and Sellick Equipment, Harrow, Ontario, Canada.

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Bill Robinson Western Regional Sales Manager

Harris Waste Management Group, Inc (Harris) is pleased to announce Bill Robinson as the Western Regional Sales Manager. Bill comes to Harris with extensive product and market knowledge based on six (6) years experience with H West Equipment in Southern CA.

Bill and his wife and two children call Southern CA home. Bill will be a great asset to existing Harris customers and provide Harris with local sales coverage. We are thrilled to have him on the Harris team” said Bob Pfeffer, Director of Sales US & Canada. “Bill is looking forward to a long and successful career with Harris”.

Relocation of Tyrone Office

Harris announces that they will be relocating its New Product Development engineering group and Sales/Marketing administrative group to its manufacturing facility in Cordele, Georgia.  All the current job positions operating in the Tyrone, Georgia corporate office will be operating from Cordele starting October 1, 2013.  “This move to consolidate offices will allow Harris to better serve its customers and add to the overall efficiency. The consolidation will reduce time spent by employees traversing to the various offices to conduct business” said President Kenneth Galason .


Harris plans to begin moving offices to Cordele the first few weeks in August and complete the move prior to the end of September and effectively be in full operation by October 1, 2013.

Renee Bodrey Announcement

Harris Waste Management is pleased to announce the promotion of Mrs. Renee Bodrey to the position of Parts Sales Manager / Administrator. Renee has been with Harris since March of 1995 and started in production control, then was promoted to Accounts Receivable Specialist, and finally to Accounts Receivable & Costing Specialist.

Renee is a native of Folkston, Georgia and she went to school at Old Dominion University in Norfork, Virginia where she studied finance and accounting. In her spare time Renee enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening, crafts, cooking, and spending time with family.

Renee will report directly to Jerry Jackson – Director of Services effective immediately. Please take a moment to welcome Renee to her new position and Harris Waste Management wishes her continued success.

Harris Welcomes Ken Ventullo

We are pleased to announce Ken Ventullo as the North East Regional Sales Manager. Ken has over 10 years sales experience in the Environmental, Recycling, and Waste industries.

Ken is a graduate of Kelly Westfield State College, with a B.S. in Regional Planning and will be located in the Boston, Massachusetts area. “Ken brings exceptional experience and communication skills to this position and we are thrilled to have him on the Harris team” said Bob Pfeffer, Director of Sales US & Canada. “Ken is looking forward to a long and successful career with Harris”.

Harris Proudly Announces Rise Equipment

We are pleased to announce Rise Equipment as the new distributor for the states of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico and is based in Waco, Texas. This distributorship includes sales parts and service for all Harris® vertical, horizontal, and Two-Ram balers, including Centurion/HRB® brand balers.

Rise Equipment has an excellent reputation in the industry for providing excellent customer service and support after the sale. Rise Equipment is committed to complete customer satisfaction through new equipment sales and aftermarket support for parts and service.

“We are excited to have the knowledge and expertise of Rise Equipment team” said Bob Pfeffer , Director of Sales for US & Canada, Harris, “their commitment and excellent reputation will bring added value to our customers.”

For more information on Rise Equipment, call 254-732-0420 or check out their website www.riseequipment.com

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.