Cherry, a full-service, family-owned and operated recycling and demolition company, is capable of handling all types of recycling — industrial, commercial, residential and interior demolition projects as well as asset recovery. Cherry is one of the largest recyclers in Texas and the Gulf Coast. At its five Houston area recycling centers, Cherry annually recycles:
• More than 2 million tons of concrete for use in road base material.
• Approximately 30,000 tons of reclaimed asphalt paving for use in hot mix material.
• More than 50,000 tons of steel to fabricate new steel products.
• Approximately 25,000 tons of composition asphalt shingles for use in hot mix material.
• Nearly 500,000 automobile and truck tires for alternative fuel.
Total safety commitment
In terms of safety, Cherry Demolition has one of the lowest EMRs in the industries it serves. Cherry’s current EMR is .59. The company has worked the past four years without a recordable incident.
All of Cherry’s employees are trained regularly in safe work procedures, and the extent of each person’s training depends on the type of job being performed and the type of equipment being used.
Cherry’s dedication to exemplary safety performance is recognized by industry. For example, Cherry recently earned the 2012 STEP (Safety Training and Evaluation Process) Diamond Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). STEP is a merit-based safety recognition process that measures a company’s recordable incident rate, EMR and other criteria.
“Cherry Cos. has been awarded the highest designation in the ABC STEP,” said ABC Greater Houston President Russell Hamley. “They are among the very few companies in the nation to receive the prestigious Diamond award. This award reflects their total commitment to safety and verifies the results of that commitment. ABC is honored to have companies with the very best safety records in our membership and Cherry is certainly one of them.”
“We’re always working to improve our safety program’s effectiveness,” said Jay Marak, safety director for Cherry. “This award builds on our past performance and recognizes our employees for their diligence in working safely in whatever task they undertake.”
Cherry Demolition, which pays for concrete waste in Houston and surrounding areas as well as most dismantling projects, serves the industrial sector by dismantling and demolishing entire plants, process units, partial units or individual pieces of process equipment. In most cases, Cherry pays its clients to perform dismantling/demolition projects as the scrap and recycling revenues exceed project costs. Whether the project calls for plant relocation or redevelopment, removal for resale or demolition for scrap, Cherry’s demolition crews can handle the job.
Cherry makes its dismantling and demolition projects a turnkey process, from demolition to contamination control and from investment recovery to recycling. Industrial customers include those in the refining, chemical, petrochemical, power plants, pulp and paper, steel and metals fabrication, and pipeline and hydrocarbon storage tanks industries.
Cherry can bring its portable, self-contained crushing units to industrial sites to transform industrial concrete and asphalt waste into valuable material that can be reused as part of new on-site construction projects. With Cherry’s on-site equipment, there is no need for any special infrastructure or external power source on site. Industrial on-site crushing also helps customers maintain cradle to grave control because recycled products never have to leave the facility if they’re being reused on site.
Asset recovery is a major part of Cherry’s industrial demolition service. This is a process in which the company removes and sells recoverable materials and assets to obtain the maximum return for its customers. This can include surplus equipment, machinery, supplies, obsolete or discontinued materials, by-products and buildings. Instead of scrapping these materials, Cherry locates buyers for the assets through its extensive network. Cherry is a member of the Investment Recovery Association, a professional organization for managers of surplus and idle assets, and a diverse group of suppliers to the industry.
Because Cherry handles such large volumes of scrap steel, equipment and machinery in its industrial demolition jobs and its long-term relationships with steel processors, Cherry can obtain the best value for these materials through its asset recovery program.
As one of the largest privately owned companies that produces stabilized material in Houston and surrounding areas, Cherry can produce any specified mix of stabilized material. With its in-depth knowledge of stabilized mix designs, the company can produce any specified product mix. These stabilized materials can be used in everything from Texas Department of Transportation specified highway projects to municipal and private water and sewer and drainage jobs.
Cherry uses a job cost software program that tracks the number of hours of both personnel and equipment, along with scrap/recyclables by type and other criteria to help validate the bid process. The company uses a state-of-the-art tracking system that provides customers with cradle to grave tracking of their scrap metal, recyclables and trash.
Eliot Rose of Rose Industrial Management said, “I recently took over as CEO of a company that had a 50,000-ton power plant to demolish. Since it was my responsibility, I went to the company I trusted, Cherry Demolition. I knew I could count on their safety and commitment to other HSE issues. I knew I could trust what they said and they would do what they said they would do. They portrayed the project scope realistically, and they finished it within the time frame promised.”
For more information, visit www.cherrycompanies.com or call (800) 444-1123.