BELEN — In 1967, CEMCO — Construction Engineering Manufacturing Company — literally changed the direction of the crusher industry.
With five years of experience under his belt running a company specializing in rebuilding crusher rolls and jaw plates for the booming highway building business, Mason Hise realized the labor-intense, high cost compression crushing methods of making road materials had to change.
Mason and his son, Neil, built the first vertical shaft impact crusher in 1967, and after much trial and error, sold the first Turbo VSI crusher in 1969, a machine that is still in service.
Now in its third generation of Hise family leadership, CEMCO occupies a 140,000-square foot manufacturing plant that sits on 23 acres on the north side of Belen.
The day-to-day operations are handled by president and owner Neil Hise and vice president, his daughter, Jennifer Hise. For more than four decades, Ty Juana Hise, Neil’s wife, worked for the company in multiple roles from office tasks to payroll.
Jennifer’s sister, Aneile Cummins, is part owner in the company, but as an interior design specializing in health care design, Cummins has brought some interesting projects to the company, such as a Texas ceramic tile company that didn’t want the old, broken tiles it removed to end up in landfills.
“So, we made a 110,000-pound portable ceramic tile crusher for them,” Neil said. “Now they make new tiles from the old ones.”
Designing and building a crusher for ceramic tile wasn’t the biggest challenge however. It was getting the unit to Texas.
“Well, it’s portable, but ....,” Neil shrugs and laughs. With most highway overpasses coming in at about 15-feet high, making sure the crusher, which was mounted on a heavy-duty frame, axles and wheels, fit under bridges took some ingenuity. “We made it work.”
The willingness to work with customers to find one-of-a-kind solutions has become a hallmark of CEMCO with their VSI crushers as the stars of the show.
“We made another one that was portable, 65 feet long. If a customer has a problem they want to solve, we will get the details and work collaboratively to find a solution, make a custom system,” Neil said.
In a VSI crusher, material is dropped onto a table or rotor which uses centrifugal force to throw those materials against stationary anvils lining the walls of a large steel tub. When the rocks hit the anvils, they shatter along natural fracture lines, creating a uniform cubical product.
This advancement allowed CEMCO to build crushers that could more readily create chips and fines for highway contractors. The technology is used in aggregate processing, recycling, precious mineral extraction and clean energy applications. CEMCO now supplies crushing equipment in 30 nations.
The VSI crusher system has also been scaled down to create what’s been dubbed their line of “glass gators,” a glass grinder that safely crushes waste glass, which can be used for landscaping and other projects. The village of Los Lunas has used a “glass gator” made by CEMCO for more than six years.
On average, CEMCO sells 18 to 25 VSI systems a year, and in 2017, shipped 732 tons of parts.
“That’s 1,462,286 pounds which is the equivalent of four locomotives,” Jennifer said.
To make sure all those parts are the absolute best, CEMCO pursued and received an ISO 9001:2008 certification in July 2011.
“Out of all the companies in the world, only a million are certified,” Neil said. “The ISO process allows us to have consistent quality. It assures our customers of a certain level of quality. That we’re not some fly-by-night organization.”
An International Organization of Standardization certification is a seal of approval from a third party body attesting that a company runs to the standards of one of the internationally recognized ISO management systems.
“We demonstrate that quality through documenting and our process. It was a bit of a learning curve, but we are seeing results,” Jennifer said. “Being ISO certified lets our customers know we are doing what we say and saying what we do.”
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