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Newton manufacturing company sending 10 wood grinders to aid in hurricane zones

Union Leader Correspondent

October 01. 2017 1:47AM
CBI's horizontal wood grinders like this one working in the field are heading to regions devastated by recent hurricanes. (COURTESY)

Bob Cooper, hydraulics assembler, works on a CBI grinder in the early stages of assembly in Newton. (COURTESY)

NEWTON -- A local manufacturing company will be sending 10 of its wood grinders to hurricane-stricken regions to help in the massive recovery effort.

Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) plans to equip debris management contractors with horizontal wood grinders to be used in Florida, Texas and the Caribbean in the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Customers with CBI machines on the ground are already working 15-hour days in Florida and Texas to grind up fallen trees and other waste wood debris, but more are on the way, according to Art Murphy, director of sales and marketing at Terex Environmental Equipment.

A dedicated team is now working overtime at the Newton facility to ramp up production to meet the demand for additional machines.

"Over the past few weeks alone we have shipped four grinders and a shredder for disaster recovery in Texas, Florida and St. Martin. Right behind those we have another six machines hitting the shop floor in October and November for immediate delivery in hurricane-ravaged areas. Backlog on our most popular grinder, the CBI Magnum Force 6800BT, is into March of 2018," Murphy said.

Located at 22 Whittier St., CBI has been a Terex brand since 2015 and has been manufacturing horizontal wood grinders in New Hampshire since 1988.

CBI produces a line of portable and stationary grinders, shredders, chippers, flail debarkers and attachments for composting, forestry, biomass recovery and wood-waste processing.

"In a disaster debris cleanup effort CBI machines help to speed up the process of getting people's lives back to normal. From an environmental standpoint, the wood waste product that is generated by a disaster is turned into usable alternative fuel, compost, mulch and other products once processed in a CBI grinder," Murphy said.

According to Murphy, the CBI 6800BT horizontal wood grinder processes the highest amount of material of any grinder on the market and can work in the harshest conditions.

Murphy said CBI has a long history of wood waste grinders and shredders playing a central part in the cleanup effort after hurricanes. The CBI Road Mill was the first portable grinder that CBI built, Murphy said, and it went into service during Hurricane Andrew cleanup in 1991 with Tremson Land Clearing of Brewster, N.Y. Murphy said the machine is now owned by Ingerson Transportation of Jefferson and is still in operation today with over 66,000 hours on it.

Joey Boudreau, a mechanical engineer, runs final tests on a CBI grinder coming off the shop floor in Newton. (COURTESY)

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