Bouldin Corporation

Providing innovative waste removal and recycling solutions all over the world
Written by: 
Jeanee Dudley
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Elizabeth Towne

The Bouldin Corporation (Bouldin) began operation in 1959 as Bouldin & Lawson, based in McMinnville, Tennessee. In the early years, the business focused exclusively on machinery to serve horticulture and nursery operations. Over time, the company built an international customer base. On the back of this success, Bouldin diversified in 1996 and began to serve the construction industry and government demilitarization operations. In 2002, the corporation launched WastAway, an innovative recycling program geared toward resolving diverse waste issues and recycling detritus into energy and usable materials.

Today, Bouldin employs around 50 people operating out of a headquarters in Morrison, Tennessee. While the business provides innovative waste management and recycling services to businesses and municipalities in the surrounding Warren County, the team has made an impact all over the world. The WastAway division of the business works with communities and clients to develop and implement technology and processes to improve waste handling through machinery and recycling methods that are cost efficient and healthier for the environment than traditional systems.

Terry L. Moore serves as Bouldin’s chief business development officer. His role in the organization involves reaching out to new customers and new markets to distribute the company’s unique community-driven solutions in a greater footprint. The company is currently undergoing growth that will bring Bouldin technology to new regions across the globe.

Diverse solutions

Bouldin has made major progress in unique waste management solutions over the years .While the company continues to manufacture handling equipment for partners all over the world, the crew is making a lasting impact at home in Warren County, Tennessee. “With our Wastaway division, we service our county,” Moore explains. “We also continue to supply a range of industries with equipment as well as solid waste for reuse. The materials we handle do not go into landfills.”

The business receives garbage out of trucks both recycled and not recycled. Through an advanced automated system, the facility separates metals, which are sold as scrap metal. The crew also separates glass, rocks and dirt into an organic into aggregate. What’s left over is carbon-based organic material with a BTU value. “We capture the BTU’s with a patented hydrolizer system,” Moore notes. “This is a continuous flow autoclave which has a higher temperature and pressure as well as a longer dwell time than for hospital surgical instruments. It is then a sterile, non-odorous, pathogen-free product. The end result is high BTU fuel, similar to coal. We pelletize it for electricity, cement and bio fuels.” Bouldin processes around 50 tons of material every day.

Currently, the team is been looking at a project in Europe for a facility that is using ground up garbage. Unfortunately, the client has had issues with contaminants. Bouldin is working with the business and showing them how to sterilize materials and make them pathogen-free before processing into fuels and other recycled materials. Bouldin has worked with clients throughout the United States and overseas to improve processes and technology for this kind of material processing.

Staying ahead

While Bouldin continues to break new ground for the waste and materials handling industries, the company faces unique challenges. “Nothing happens in a vacuum,” Moore explains. “We are always dealing with competition and we have to make a continued effort to offer leaning options for our clients. There are also regulatory issues we face as a business. We recycle materials, but we still need to factor in regulations that require us to keep our carbon footprint low in the process.”

To stay ahead, the team continues to innovate. A strong research and development department is constantly restructuring the process to make it cleaner, reduce energy use and improve efficiencies. AS technology grows, the company is filing for new patents year after year. A set of lasting partnerships help to move the company’s progress along. 60 percent of equipment for Wastaway is manufactured by sister company, Bouldin & Lawrence. Long-term relationships with natural gas and electricity companies help keep operational costs low.

In the coming years, Moore and his team are looking ahead to new developments in the industry. The company continues to market state-of-the-art equipment and methodology to material handling companies all over the world. The marketing team is reaching out to new regions overseas and Boulding has a growing international footprint. “We have expanded our marketing and business development outreach into Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Canada,” Moore says. “We are signing many new contracts on an international scale and in the next few years, we plan to experience exponential growth.” Bouldin Corporation remains dedicated to innovative materials handling processes as the company’s footprint grows.

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