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, announced in January the acquisition of the Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.
Harris has been a brand leader in the recycling industry for more than 100 years, manufacturing both ferrous and nonferrous processing equipment, including a diverse product line of balers, shears and shredders.
“The Harris name has a strong legacy in the recycling industry, and we want to build on that tradition by manufacturing quality products and offering exceptional customer service, while continuing to focus on innovation and new product development,” said Leland E. Boren, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Avis Industrial.
Boren noted that Avis will place a strategic focus on creating synergies with its existing companies, such as American Baler, an Avis subsidiary since 1979, which will allow the company to capitalize on the combined strength of both brands in the baler industry.
“We are very excited to join the Avis Industrial Corporation and its group of companies,” said Doug Sebastian, vice president, Harris Waste Management.
“Avis brings to the table a wealth of experience within the manufacturing arena. Combined with Harris’ brand reputation, this will help further cement the company as a leader in the recycling industry,” he added.
Harris’ manufacturing facilities are located in Baxley and Cordele, Georgia, with additional engineering and sales offices in San Antonio, and the United Kingdom.
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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