Bulking up: Bulk Handling Systems hiring in droves
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Scores of new workers will soon get to operate, or at least marvel at, Bulk Handling System's pristine equipment.
With a bevy of posted jobs and growth strategies, a Eugene-based recycling sorting company is approaching new recovery system territory.
Bulk Handling Systems expects to continue the torrid 27 percent growth rate, in terms of hiring, it has averaged over the last five years. That would give the company close to 300 workers by the end of 2013, up from 220 about a year ago.
In the last month alone, the company has posted six open jobs which have appeared on SBO’s “Green Jobs” site.
Much of the growth comes from European strategies that include emphasizing markets in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. BHS acquired the Amsterdam-based Nihot, which provides air separation equipment, in January.
“We expect this growth to continue, considering this year’s launch of BHS Europe,” said Peter Raschio, a company spokesman. “BHS has proven itself as a leader in providing integrated systems, and plans to continue offering solutions not only to process recyclables and (municipal solid waste) but to close the loop by extracting value from organics” in its waste-to-energy and compost sorting programs.
BHS built the world’s largest material recovery system, for Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) in San Jose, Calif. last year. The system can process 110 tons per hour of waste and can be calibrated to recover about 80 percent of the material for non-landfill uses.
Since 2010, BHS has grown by 168 percent on the employee said. The number jumps to 414 percent over the last five years. The company doesn’t disclose its revenue.
The company has been getting shout-outs all over town, including a mention from former University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer last month at a student-run Net Growth conference.
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