Tuesday, August 24, 2010


(Works Management) - By Ken Hurst

A Lincolnshire-based engineering firm is playing a major role in helping to re-build Haiti following the devastating earthquake that destroyed much of the country in January.

Mini crusher manufacturer Red Rhino has secured a contract to supply 24 machines to CHF International – a US headquartered, non-profit aid organisation helping the country to recover and rebuild. Six months on, it is estimated that 98% of the rubble left behind remains uncleared.

Red Rhino's mini crushers will be used to crush bricks and building materials so they can be used to help rebuild Haiti's schools, hospitals and homes. Red Rhino general manager Julian Mik said:

"No one could have failed to be moved by the harrowing television pictures of the devastation the earthquake caused and the effect it had on the Haitian people. We are delighted that, through our machines being chosen by CHF International, we can play a part in the recovery process. "

With up to 20 million cubic metres of rubble remaining on the ground in Haiti, there is a lot of work to be done. We estimate that our crushers alone will crush 100,000 cubic metres of material in six months, which shows the scale of the task at hand."

Red Rhino was selected by CHF International to supply 20 x 1½ tonne 4000 series crushers, capable of crushing up to 6 tonnes per hour, and 4 x 3 tonne 5000 series crushers, capable of crushing up to 20 tonnes per hour.

The first 12 machines will leave the Grantham factory on Monday (16 August). CHF International's Sinan Al-Najjar, said: "Recycling rubble is an essential solution for the reconstruction of Haiti that CHF International has pursued aggressively since the earthquake.

We can use recycled material in helping to shelter thousands of Haitians and in reconstructing essential infrastructure such as hospitals, schools and public buildings. We are pleased to have found an excellent partner in Red Rhino and look forward to working together to help in the reconstruction of the lives of the people of Haiti."

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