Eriez recognizes Hi Pro Equipment

Hi Pro Equipment Inc. has received the 2021 Merwin Award, according to an announcement made by Eriez USA Senior Sales Director Dave Heubel. The annual award is given to an Eriez representative firm for outstanding contributions in sales performance and customer service and support.

Hi Pro Equipment, based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has represented Erie, Pennsylvania-based Eriez for 21 years. The firm is now a three-time recipient of the Merwin Award, with previous wins in 2012 and 2017.   

Hi Pro represents manufacturers of bulk material handling equipment.

“The Hi Pro sales team had an exceptional 2021, exceeding goals in all assigned markets, all assigned products and setting a new territory record for overall order performance,” Heubel says. “Since 2001, Hi Pro has represented Eriez with remarkable technical skills, professionalism and integrity, ensuring our mutual customers have a top-notch experience before and after the sale.” 

The Hi Pro team includes Russ Campbell, Randy Klinger and Justin Story.

Eriez magnetic separation, metal detection, material handling, fluid recycling and advanced flotation technologies have applications in the mining, processing, packaging, food, recycling, aggregate, plastics and metalworking industries.

Waste Container Systems to integrate Shield Devices’ technology

Seattle-based Shield Devices Inc. (SD) and Minneapolis-based Waste Container Systems (WCS) have announced a strategic partnership through which WCS will integrate SD’s technology, including Trash Shield, and collaborate on marketing, manufacturing and logistics. 

WCS provides modular containers to waste haulers. Its spinoff company, SalesStryke, is a software company that offers online automated customer signup to independent waste collection companies.

SD has developed and patented the Trash Shield, a device that clips onto any waste container and automatically eliminates pests, pathogens and odors, the company says. Trash Shield is ideal for haulers’ commercial customers, such as restaurants, hospitals, schools and retail.

“WCS is creating a powerful value matrix with SD that will help our shared waste collection customers offer a convenient solution to their business customers and reduce age-old problems associated with trash,” says Andrew Sorensen, vice president of WCS.

“Our partnership with WCS is a natural extension of our brand,” says Eric Larabee, president of SD. “SD’s team is extremely impressed with the success of WCS’ company and their previous enterprise, GarbageMan, a multimillion-dollar enterprise that was sold to national hauler Waste Management. We value WCS’ expertise in waste management, their understanding of the demands in the marketplace and their ground-breaking modular solution.”

With more than 50 combined years of expertise and development of fast-growth companies, Sorenson and Jon Huber, product specialist and sales manager at WCS, will act as strategic advisors to SD under the partnership.

“We are always looking for powerful and innovative collaborations that continue to put us at the forefront of the fast-growing waste industry,” Sorensen says. “The WCS team looks forward to the expansion of the two companies under the partnership.”

“We see the Trash Shield as a win-win for both waste haulers and their customers,” Huber adds. “Customers pay a nominal fee for convenience to mitigate common problems, and waste haulers increase their bottom line.”

Curbtender Sweepers receive Sourcewell contract

Curbtender Inc. and its Curbtender Sweepers subsidiary, a street maintenance vehicle manufacturer based in Cedar Falls, Iowa, have earned a Sourcewell contract award in the Street Sweepers and Specialty Sweepers category. 

According to a news release from Curbtender, Staples, Minnesota-based Sourcewell, formerly the National Joint Powers Alliance, is a government organization partnering with education, government and nonprofits to help them operate more efficiently.

With the cooperative purchase contract, government fleets in the United States and Canada can purchase street sweepers and leaf loaders from Curbtender Sweepers without a lengthy and costly bid procurement process. Additionally, Sourcewell members receive a free one-year extended warranty when buying products from Curbtender. 

The Curbtender family of companies manufactures refuse trucks, leaf and debris vacuum trucks, mechanical street sweepers and regenerative air sweepers at factories in Gothenburg, Nebraska, and Cedar Falls. Last year, the company expanded into knuckleboom grapple loader trucks when it acquired the Brush Hawg brand of brush, debris and limb loaders from Iron Container.

Van Dyk Recycling Solutions expands screening technology

Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, Norwalk, Connecticut, has partnered with Günther, a German manufacturer, to expand the screening options it supplies to the North American market. Günther is the original designer and producer of spiral shaft screen technology, having patented its Splitter screen in 2004.

The Splitter screen is a primary separation device for sizing materials at the front end of material recovery facility systems. Van Dyk says the screens are highly customizable in size and application and operates effectively at high capacities. Its open-ended design is nonwrapping, self-cleaning and low-maintenance.

More information on the screening technology is available from Van Dyk by calling 203-967-1100 or emailing

Vecoplan opens West Coast office

Vecoplan LLC, based in Archdale, North Carolina, has expanded its national footprint with a new office and technology facility in Eastvale, California. Referred to as Vecoplan West, the Southern California location hosts sales and after-sales support offices and a distribution facility for spare and replacement parts. It also serves as a technology center that offers Vecoplan shredder trials.

Vecoplan LLC is the North American subsidiary of Germany-based Vecoplan AG. The company, which also has a Midwest office in Indiana, makes shredding equipment and recycling systems for virtually any material, selling into the plastics, wood, biomass, waste and recycling and waste-to-energy markets.

McNeilus rebrands parts businesses with new focus

McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing Inc., a truck manufacturer based in Dodge Center, Minnesota, has announced the repositioning of its replacement parts business to offer two distinct options for getting parts to customers no matter the makes or models in their fleets. 

“Our customers need a partner that can help them keep their business running without the middleman or the runaround, and they have that in McNeilus,” says Matt McLeish, vice president of sales and marketing of McNeilus Refuse Collection Vehicles.

McNeilus has reestablished its Street Smart Parts brand as a dedicated source for competitor replacement parts manufactured and tested to meet or exceed original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards. The brand features a new logo and more offerings for replacement parts for all makes and models of vehicles.

McNeilus Genuine Parts will supply parts for McNeilus brand vehicles. These OEM parts are designed by a team of engineers focused solely on providing solutions for the concrete and refuse collection industries. All products are backed by McNeilus’ parent company, Oshkosh Corp., a vehicle manufacturing company based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

“[Customers are] getting full life cycle support, not just for the McNeilus trucks in their fleet but for the entire fleet, with our two replacement parts brands,” says Peter Gallette, vice president of sales and marketing of McNeilus Mixer Platform.

The company says comprehensive inventory is strategically stocked nationwide and ready to ship. Parts deliver to most states in 24 hours and the rest of the continental U.S. in 48 hours. For McNeilus Genuine Parts, schematics and more, visit Street Smart Parts.