SA Recycling operates over 70 scrap metal recycling yards in the U.S., including close to two dozen ferrous shredder operations. The company, started in Orange, California, has since grown as far north as Fresno, and east to Arizona and Texas. More recently, the company expanded to the U.S. southeast, into Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Originally, SA Recycling was Adams Steel; they merged with Sims about ten years ago to form "SA," which stands for Sims-Adams.
Directly following its display at ISRI 2018, held in Las Vegas in April, Caterpillar transferred their new MH3026 material handler directly from the show floor, at the Mandalay Bay Resort, to SA Recycling's Western Yard, located in Las Vegas. The machine was there as a demo unit for one week and then moved to another SA Recycling yard in Decatur, Alabama. The company has since purchased the MH3026.
While demos of this kind of heavy-duty machinery at scrapyards prior to purchase are not a common practice in the scrap recycling industry, it does happen from time to time and can be a very beneficial part of the process for buyers. Firstly, for this to happen local dealers need to have a machine available for demo purposes, which is generally not the case.
Vincent Migeotte, Caterpillar's global product marketing and application consultant for specialty hydraulic excavators, agrees that with respect to demo units, it's not normally common practice for dealers to have them available. But, he says this year is an exception for Caterpillar as the company realigns their line of material handlers for scrap and waste applications - specifically the models MH3024 and MH3026.
"It's important to demonstrate and document the right machine for the right application," says Migeotte. "This is the reason why we purposely have MH3026 and MH3024 demonstration units in North America - for internal training, but also for on-site demonstration.
"It helps us to document true performance of the unit at the scrapyard and in transfer stations, and have solid customer references and data from the field."
According to Frank J. Arriaga, account manager at Caterpillar, the MH3026 machine is a relatively new size for SA Recycling.
"Historically, they have utilized slightly larger track machines," says Arriaga. "After having experience with Cat's line of MH3037, MH3049 and MH3059 material handling machines, and after learning about the specs of this new machine - the capacity of the grapple, its reach, and features including the cab riser and the fact that it's on wheels - SA determined this model would be an excellent match for their feeder yards."
Arriaga says this is what "drove the demo" of the MH3026 for SA Recycling in Las Vegas, along with the fact that they had the unit available directly following ISRI 2018.