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The CBI Tradition of Quality

Since 1988, CBI machines have been purpose-built to outproduce, outperform, and outlast anything in the market. Diverging from the pack of sorely inadequate wood grinders, CBI completely reimagined the value curve by producing the ultimate workhorses for unmatched production. End-users no longer have to settle for costly breakdowns and maintenance. Through the years, CBI’s superior and long-lasting equipment has created the most value for owners who are serious about growing their business.

CBI’s tradition of quality runs through complete lines of portable and stationary horizontal grinders, industrial wood chippers, flail debarkers, screens, stacking conveyors, stationary systems, and attachments for composting, forestry, biomass recovery, and wood-waste processing. Designed to maximize production and minimize downtime, CBI machines reduce a customer’s total cost of ownership and have raised expectations of the entire industry. After decades of relentless improvement to the best machines on the market, it’s no secret why CBI customers find success.

Company History

In 1983, Anders Ragnarsson came to the US from Sweden and started a land clearing business that specialized in hard-to-handle jobs. While clearing land was the primary service provided by his company, Anders realized that wood and even waste wood cleared from a site could be converted to salable products such as mulch and biofuel. But to make the conversion worthwhile, he needed a rugged and efficient breed of grinding equipment not yet available.

So in 1988, Anders founded Continental Biomass Industries (now a Terex brand) and worked for the next two years to engineer the most durable and efficient wood grinder on the market. This started with the design of the CBI Grizzly Mill with its patented, extremely rugged offset-helix rotor that uses kinetic energy in order to consume less power while aggressively outperforming anything on the market in terms of throughput. This technology became the basis for product lines like Grizzly Mill® wood waste hogs, Magnum Force® horizontal grinders, and Magnum Force® chippers. From this technology, CBI grew into one of the premiere wood grinder and wood chipper manufacturers in the United States and around the world.

In addition to portable machines, for over 30 years, CBI has designed and installed hundreds of purpose-built stationary machines and systems for customers all over the world. From outdoor plants for mulch and fuel production to entire processing systems turning C&D and MSW into recyclables and RDF. This includes comprehensive systems featuring combinations of slow speed primary shredders, screeners, conveyors, picking stations, magnetic separators, water tanks, and secondary and tertiary grinders to assure specific product size. Our superior equipment, engineering, and experience ensure the success of these installations.

Terex Materials Processing

In April of 2015, Terex Materials Processing, a business segment of Terex Corporation (NYSE: TEX) and CBI announced the acquisition of the assets of CBI by Terex. This marked a significant expansion of the Terex Materials Processing product line. Terex Materials Processing has served  the wood, biomass, and recycling industries since 2011 and has already delivered meaningful growth. The acquisition of CBI’s business, in operation since 1988, significantly advances the product line while adding dimensions to the TEE business that would otherwise have taken years to develop.