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Summarizing SERC 2012 – The Southeast Recycling Conference

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The 25th Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show – SERC – was in sunny Destin, Florida at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa held between March 11 – 14, 2012. Two of our lucky employees got to attend this wonderful show at a fantastic location and this blog is a summary of their account of the show.

To begin with, this is a great four day event linking industry leaders and recycling officials, offering focused educational sessions, the latest recycling products, equipment and services and exciting networking opportunities all at an economical rate.

Where does Bluff Manufacturing fit into all this excitement? A substantial percentage of Bluff’s customer base originates from the recycling industry. The recycling industry has various material handling needs and Bluff Manufacturing provides unique solutions to match this industry’s requirements.

Some of our customers in the recycling industry face the common problem of inadequate amount of dock space or no dock at all. Those without a ramp commented that unloading a trailer without a dock or ramp was hard work, time consuming, and hazardous.  At the Bluff booth, the team highlighted the Bluff Portable Yard Ramp using a new video showing the Bluff Portable Yard Ramp in use at a paper recycling facility. The video along with a miniature replica of the 36’ ramp created buzz and excitement and enthusiasm for the solution. Our team was also able to engage with a customer and help him find an optimal solution to extend the life of his existing ramp (which was at least 15 years old).

Bluff also introduced our new Tuff Guard Safety Rails at SERC 2012! The recycling process / operation involves heavy forklift traffic in recycling plants. This creates a critical need for safety measures to protect personnel, products, and property.  The Bluff Tuff Guard Safety Rails provides the safety barriers that recycling plants need.

With over 600 attendees and 80 exhibitors (Bluff being one of them), this was a great trading and networking event. Key note speaker Dr. Leonard Coldwell motivated an already enthused audience when he reminded them that “we are all born champions” and “that we determine our own health and happiness – it all starts with believing in oneself.”

All in all, this networking event was truly productive and our team gained a lot of information from this event while spreading the word about Bluff’s products and solutions. On a more social note, looks like our postings on SERC’s Facebook page earned us a few fans that arrived at our booth to claim their prize – a Bluff jacket! See you at SERC 2013 and don’t forget to recycle!