Kafka Granite recycles an unusual variety of specialty materials

191by Mary Weaver

Although Kafka Granite’s focus is on supplying high quality aggregate in a multitude of colors, to the architectural market, Glenn Kafka, owner, has long been known to lend a helping hand in solving problems faced by other businesses. In fact, Glenn Kafka’s problem-solving abilities have somewhat unexpectedly, landed him in the recycling business as well. When Kohler Co.’s Wisconsin landfills became seriously clogged with fresh-off-the-line porcelain toilets that did not meet the standards of Kohler’s inspectors, Wausau Tile, a long time Kafka Granite customer, intervened. They asked Glenn if he could crush the high-quality porcelain for Wausau Tile to use in a new line of products. Glenn Kafka’s ready reply was, “Heck yeah! I’ll crush anything.” [Read more…]

Sunshine Recycling attributes their success to exceptional material handlers

001by Gwenyth Laird Pernie

Material handling attachments are essential to success in the scrap and recycling industry. According to Joe Rich, owner of Sunshine Recycling, Orangeburg, SC, attachments are like “hands” to the recycler. They are what come in direct contact with the feedstock. More importantly, the machines that support the attachments are only as good as the attachments.

“Consequently I believe that the positive, symbiotic relationship between our material handlers/excavators and the attachments/tools has been our recipe for success,” he said. “They enhance one another’s performances, producing a cost per ton friendly production capacity.” [Read more…]