CBI hosts 2017 Factory Forum at New Hampshire headquarters
Continental Biomass Industries (CBI), a US-based manufacturer and distributor of a complete line of portable and stationary equipment for composting, forestry, biomass recovery, and wood-waste processing industries, hosted its 2017 Factory Forum last week at its global headquarters in Newton, New Hampshire (NH). This included live demos along with safety and maintenance workshops for guests from around the world.
CBI, a brand within US-headed Terex Environmental Equipment, hosted the three-day event which saw international guests from South America and Europe as well as various businesses throughout North America, including local customers who partnered with CBI for the live demonstrations.
Hosting the forum here at the CBI Factory gives new and existing customers a closer look at our machines and the dedicated people who make it happen here at the shop. It’s great for guests to meet some of our veteran employees who helped build this company and spent the last few decades bringing the CBI advantage to end-users, said Art Murphy, Director of Sales and Marketing for Terex Environmental Equipment – Americas.
The event kicked-off with an opening reception and cocktail hour at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center, followed by a factory tour through the CBI facility the next morning. Long-time employees shared company history with guests and led tour groups through the shop floor to get an intimate look at grinders being prepared for recent hurricane debris cleanup.
Tours were headlined by the famous CBI Road-Mill, which was first put into service for Hurricane Andrew cleanup in 1991 and has logged more than 60 000 hours. Ingerson Transportation brought the machine down from their business in Jefferson, NH for a static display.
Neal Nowick, General Manager of Terex Environmental Equipment, welcomed the crowd and was the first to present in a series of keynote presentations that included overviews and a look ahead for the CBI and Ecotec product lines. Terex Financial Services presented and was followed by a Tier 4 Compliance Overview from CAT to give in-depth looks to topics of recent interest in the industry.
Later in the day, guests were taken to the new demo arena to see the 5400BT, 5800BT and 6800BT wood grinders, the Phoenix 2100 Trommel, the TTS 620 Drum Screener, the 7544 Flail and Disc Chipper, the TRS 550 Recycling Screen, and the AirMax Material Density Separator running live. Together with CBI’s attachment line XP Log Screw and the Stump Shear made a comprehensive show of material preparation.
The final day of the event focused on workshops at graduated levels of safety and performance optimization. This included a 6800BT walk-around for a safety and basic functionality workshop, emphasizing fundamental habits and behaviours that ensure a safe job site and a preventative maintenance workshop.