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Unswerving Dedication: Cresswood Celebrates 35 Years in Business with Roots in the Pallet and Lumber Industries
Cresswood’s 35th Anniversary: Pallet and lumber grinding specialist celebrates major milestone stressing its commitment to innovation and product development with its XR-Class Shredders, which are designed to tackle the demands of higher-capacity processing.
Date Posted: 8/1/2014
This year has special significance for Cresswood and its parent company, Dun-Rite Tool & Machine: both are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2014. Cresswood has been in business for 35 years, and Dun-Rite, literally founded in a garage 50 years ago now occupies a 55,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. Cresswood and Dun-Rite are located in Cortland, Illinois 60 miles west of Chicago.
Roots in the Pallet Industry
From Cresswood’s establishment in 1979, processing wood scrap from pallet recycling, manufacturing, and lumber operations has helped to shape the company’s development of size reduction technology. In fact, Cresswood designed and built its first Destroyer shredder, the hopper-fed (HF)-36 for a pallet recycling company.
Owner, Jack Cress, described the evolution of the company this way, “Initially, our business was focused on combustion applications. Our machinery was developed to meet the demands of energy recovery and the cost-efficient production of fuel-quality output from ‘pallet scrap’ feedstock.”
“Our combustion and fuel markets were volume-driven and those economic factors lead us to scrap- intensive pallet and lumber operations,” Cress said. “We soon found out that to turn pallet waste into a value-added product in secondary markets, Cresswood processing technology would need to offer both material versatility and high-level durability.”
Gaining Momentum at Low-Speed
Cresswood was an early proponent of single-shaft, low-RPM technology for processing a wide range of industrial wood scrap. “We learned important lessons from working with our initial customers,” Cress recalled. “We listened to our pallet and wood industry customers and moved quickly to fill a void in the low-RPM class of equipment in this country. Low-RPM, high-torque technology uses less energy, and its low noise characteristics allow you to place your shredder at or near your work centers, thus lowering material handling costs,” Cress stated.
According to the company, the value of those formative days lies in the results. Nearly 25 years since the first Cresswood shredder was installed at a pallet recycling company, the machine is still in service.
“It’s a source of pride for all of us, particularly our manufacturing team, that even in our early years we were able to build-in the durability required for duty in pallet recycling operations,” Cress said. “From our perspective, that HF-36 is proof of Cresswood’s built-tough engineered shredders. As we cross-train our current and new team members, we instill our passion for quality and continuous improvement.”
Cresswood’s Destroyer shredders have a long history of innovations in the industry. “Cresswood’s objective was to create a distinctly American brand, and we committed ourselves to building ‘from the ground up’ the best, most reliable shredders available,” Cress commented. “From the get-go, Cresswood zeroed-in on adapting low-RPM shredding technology and processing systems to the specific challenges faced by pallet, lumber and wood packaging industries.”
Capping off a documented history of engineering and manufacturing innovations (See the Timeline Sidebar) Cresswood has just announced the launch of two new Destroyer shredder models for processing and wood scrap recovery. Cresswood cited several key drivers that stimulated the development of the new machines: one is an extension of its end feed (EF) horizontal line of shredders; the other is a higher output-capacity class of Cresswood’s HF (hopper-feed) single-shaft, low-RPM processors.
“We are finding that the pallet and wood industries are facing new market demands, and Cresswood needs to provide products and services that help our customers achieve their sustainability objectives. Those challenges center around the creative reuse and recycling of wood and packaging scrap,” Cress stated.
“Basically, some of our pallet guys are being pressed into the waste business, with a wider range of scrap, and that can be a liability unless you’re prepared for it,” Cress reported. “Increasingly, the emphasis is on Process and Profitability, with less concern for simple elimination of waste.” In Cress’s opinion, a shift in thinking to a more ‘processing mode mentality’ has also impacted capacity expectations for size reduction technology.
A Brand-New Class of Shredder at Cresswood
Introduced to the industry at Richmond 2014, Cresswood’s XR-Class Shredders are engineered and precision manufactured to tackle the demands of higher-capacity processing, according to the company. In order to manufacture this larger rotor line of machines, Cresswood invested in a new CNC lathe, capable of handling up to 32 inch diameter rotors.
“We have equipped the XR-Class 2000 & 2400 machines with extreme-duty gearboxes and drive trains, larger rotors, cutterheads, and cutters, tramp metal protection packages, and an exclusive extended ram design, to name a few of the innovations,” Cress said. “The catalysts for our XR-Class shredders are the volume, output quality and durability requirements of the high-capacity, continuous-use applications that we’re finding in the marketplace.”
In addition, the XR-Class incorporates the latest design enhancements to Cresswood’s exclusive EVER-NEW Technology, engineered with the maintenance person in mind. Mark Anderson, vice president of engineering for Cresswood, explained that there are areas that have been enhanced on the XR-Class with EVER-NEW Technology.
According to Cress, “Facilitating preventive maintenance on our machines is a priority, and with the XR-Class, we are now offering an optional hydraulically controlled screen carriage. Its drop-down design gives quick access to the cutter head for ease of tooling rotation – it’s much more efficient, and in our view, safer for personnel.”
A Companion Processor for High-Speed Rips
Cresswood has also introduced an extension to its established line of end feed or horizontal single-shaft, low-RPM shredders. The new EF-48 is designed to fill a specific niche for high volume lumber mills, re-sawing operations and flooring plants. It is used for in-line processing, taking wood directly off the high-speed saws and reducing material handling costs. The EF-48 is also a low-profile shredder that easily tucks-in to a system to save valuable floor space.
Cresswood will be exhibiting the new EF-48 shredder at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) to be held August 20 – 23, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.
With the first XR-Class shredder now out in the field, and “fulfilling expectations” for a major recycling facility in the Chicago area, Cresswood’s 35th anniversary celebrations with all of Cresswood’s staff and friends is on track, according to Cress.
“The success of our company is truly a ‘team effort’, with everyone dedicated to Cresswood’s goals of product excellence and outstanding customer service,” Cress said. “In September, we will be hosting a company gathering for our extended team of partners. But for Cresswood, the real honor is to be continuing our forward progress as an innovative supplier to key customers. The pallet and wood industries provided our start in processing technology, and fundamentally we’re in it for the long-haul. The value we gain from such strong relationships and loyalty gives real meaning to our efforts,” Cress concluded.