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In The Middle Of Nowhere: Recycler Turns To SENNEBOGEN For Support And Savings In Remote West Texas


Whether it is +125o or -25o F on the ground, W. Silver counts on their SENNEBOGEN 10 hours a day, 6 days a week.

El Paso, TX – John Korey knows right where his recycling yard stands in the machine world. “El Paso is a city of 600,000 but, if you look at where we’re located on a map, we’re somewhat in the middle of nowhere. It’s 750 miles to Dallas and 480 miles to Phoenix, where most folks have service presence. That leaves us out on our own here.”

Korey acquired new SENNEBOGEN 830 M scrap handlers for W. Silver Recycling Inc., where he is Regional Operations Manager. W. Silver Recycling has been operating in west Texas for more than 90 years.

Getting somewhere with improved uptime

“We were having challenges here with uptime, parts availability and overall support. Constantino (Lannes, the President of SENNEBOGEN LLC) gave us his word that any part we may need will be there in 24 hours. Other OEMs just can’t meet that.”

The 830 M machines work 9 hour to 10 hour shifts every day, up to 6 days a week, loading rail cars and gondolas with ferrous scrap destined for steel mills. Ensuring parts support isn’t the only challenge that the scrap handling operation has to face. Korey continues, “Our ambient summer air temperatures of 104, 105 degrees are more like 125 on the ground, or 140 where the heat is radiating off metal… but the SENNEBOGENs just run. We get below freezing here too, so it’s a very wide range of ambient temperature. And those machines just perform flawlessly. They don’t know whether it’s January or July.”

“Elegant” engineering

After a year of operation, Korey is pleased with the decision to bring SENNEBOGEN into the W. Silver Recycling fleet. “Their uptime is fabulous, the fuel burn is 50% less than the machines they replaced and they’re very intuitive to operate.”

“These machines are an elegant blend of engineering and functionality,” he says. “From my management perspective with P&L responsibility, I am watching numbers like uptime hours and gallons-per-hour and it is all good.”

“On the flip side, also being an operations guy, I also spend most of my time out in the facility. When my operator is just grinning from ear-to-ear because he loves how the machine operates and he tells me it’s quicker than the old machine; and my maintenance guys are thanking me over and over again because they are so easy to work on… that’s where I really see that elegant blend.”

Korey notes that the distinctive green color of SENNEBOGEN scrap handlers is more than a paint scheme, and it’s good for his company’s image. “Along with their support and functionality, SENNEBOGEN is well versed enough to make it Tier IV compliant, to be a “green” machine in the true sense. We are a recycling company and it’s important to us to show that we walk the talk.”


SENNEBOGEN has been a leading name in the global material handling industry for over 65 years. Based in Stanley, North Carolina, within the greater Charlotte region, SENNEBOGEN LLC offers a complete range of purpose-built machines to suit virtually any material handling application. Established in America in the year 2000, SENNEBOGEN LLC has quickly become a leading provider of specialized equipment solutions for recycling and scrap metal yards, demolition, barge and port operations, log-handling, transfer stations, waste facilities and the tree care industry from coast to coast. A growing network of distributors supports SENNEBOGEN LLC sales and service across the Americas, ensuring the highest standard of professional machine support and parts availability.

For more information on the full line of SENNEBOGEN green line material handlers, contact:

1957 Sennebogen Trail
Stanley, NC 28164
Tel: (704) 347-4910 or fax (704) 347-8894