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Machinex is pleased to announce the successful startup of a new Single Stream Processing System as well as other various waste processing/baling/shredding equipment for the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This project is a result of a partnership between Machinex, HDR, and RQ Construction. Although this group of companies had never worked together, the process from bid response to project management, and finally installation/startup was seamless. HDR recommended, and RQ Construction chose to work with, Machinex because of their expertise in the recycling industry and their ability to offer the most effective solution for the US Naval Station.

“As this was a federal bid, it was a new and demanding process that required precision and the highest level of planning. Machinex not only kept schedules during tumultuous times but also was instrumental in making sure the entire project went as planned” said Cody Phillips, On-Site Project Manager for RQ Construction.

Jerome Lemay, Lead Project Manager for Machinex agreed. “When I first heard of this project and the intricacies involved, I thought it would be a challenge to plan all of the details knowing one little mistake could have a major impact on the schedule. One of the most interesting challenges was access to the island for both the equipment and our crews. The size of the project required a total of approximately 40+ containers. With RQs barge leaving only every 2-3 weeks for island delivery of the equipment coupled with two naval planes in and out per week for crews, we were able to complete our tasks with the help of RQ Construction.”

Chris Hawn, CEO of Machinex Technologies added, “When I first heard the details of this opportunity in Guantanamo Bay Cuba, it became a Code Red project for Machinex. A good friend named Jessup reminded me that our existence in the world of waste, while grotesque and incomprehensible to some, saves the Planet. It was then I realized they want us for this MRF. They need us for this MRF. I’m thankful we had a Few Good Men to help us pull this off!!”

About Machinex

Celebrating in 2020 its 50th anniversary, Machinex became the first company in Canada to design machinery for material recycling facilities in the ‘80s. The company immediately established itself as a leader in designing profitable and high-quality recycling sorting systems. Today, Machinex is still a world leader in the industry, developing cutting-edge sorting, waste management, and recycling technology. Over the years, their experts have designed and installed several turnkey facilities in partnership with leading MRFs in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Oceania.

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Leslie Hawn | Marketing Assistant
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