New Machinex single-stream sorting system for SOCRRA in Michigan to double capacity
Management of the complete turnkey project, including building expansion, a first for Quebec-based MRF provider
The Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA) material recovery facility, built and installed, with equipment provided by Machinex, has been fully operational since mid-January. Located in Troy, Michigan, this new single-stream system plans to double its capacity from 15,000 to 30,000 tons per year, compared to the old dual stream operation. Material is sourced from several surrounding municipalities in the state of Michigan.
The construction of this facility, including building coordination and equipment, was granted to Machinex after a public bid in 2017. The expansion of the building has been entrusted to Cambridge Companies, a reputable company with extensive experience in the construction of sorting facilities. The existing building has been expanded to include new tipping floor space as well as a new, two-level education room.
‘'This project has been an exciting challenge for Machinex since it was the first, complete turnkey project, including the building expansion, that we were managing," says Chris Hawn, CEO of Machinex Technologies Inc. "We are extremely pleased with the workflow throughout the project's preparation which has been a success thanks to the excellent collaboration we have had from Cambridge, Leadpoint and SOCRRA."
The new system has a 15 tons per hour capacity and includes sorting technologies such as a two-deck MACH OCC screen, a MACH One ONP screen, a MACH Ballistic separator as a finishing device, a ferrous magnet, a Machinex Eddy Current separator, a 3 cubic yard waste compactor, and a glass cleanup system.
When evaluating the operational needs of the MRF, SOCRRA decided to move forward with the staffing solutions from LeadPoint USA.
"Leadpoint's high-performance work team model is now in place at the SOCRRA facility, bringing the operation to full staffing levels," said Todd Hubbard, Leadpoint's director of business development.
"SOCRRA has been extremely happy with our new MRF," commented Jeff McKeen, General Manager at SOCRRA. "Machinex and Cambridge were very professional partners throughout the process of designing, building and operating our MRF. While the MRF was being built, we sent our senior operating manager of employees and mechanics to the Machinex main office in Quebec to receive training on how to operate and maintain the MRF. That training was invaluable as we started up our MRF. Machinex also had a start-up team on site for our initial operations. The MRF is producing higher quality materials than what was produced by our old dual stream MRF. Every Machinex and Cambridge employee was professional and easy to deal with and they worked extremely well with SOCRRA employees. Machinex has also been easily available to help us solve the few operating issues that we have experienced since start-up."