Harmony Enterprises has been a strong supporter of our local community for nearly 60 years. We actively participate in local events, benefits, and civic organizations. That is why Community is at the heart of the three Harmony’s Core Purposes; Career, Community, and Culture.
Not surprisingly, our local community has also been a strong advocate for Harmony Enterprises and Harmony Kids Learning Center. The majority of our nearly 100 employees live, work, and play in our immediate community. We all understand the value of celebrating our shared success with others in our area. We all benefit from each other’s growth and prosperity. When Harmony Enterprises does well, everyone benefits, including our banks, restaurants, retail stores, entertainment venues, and more!
What Harmony Needed
Harmony is always working on cutting edge designs to fill industry need gaps for our customers. Sometimes, this means updating existing equipment through Engineering ECO’s, and other times, it means creating a new piece of waste handling and recycling equipment altogether.
This past year, Harmony used customer feedback and market research to design a large vertical cardboard baler capable of bale weights several hundred pounds over normal weight expectations. This baler design also incorporated our Insite Technology to report bale weights in real time. In order to test the baler beyond the scope of traditional stress analysis and safety tests, Harmony created testing protocols that included video analysis of every cycle needed to complete the extra large bale. The ability for Harmony to successfully create, market, and sell this extra heavy duty baler has positive repercussions for our entire community.
But, you can’t make an extra large bale of cardboard without a LOT of unsoiled, or broken down cardboard, known as “virgin” cardboard. Fifty-four large totes of cardboard, to be exact. That’s roughly 3,500 large cardboard boxes needed to make every bale! Finding, transporting, and storing this much cardboard per bale created some logistical problems unique to Harmony Enterprises.
Returning The Favor
The Harmony Community stepped up and returned the favor with community support by donating the cardboard needed for this innovative product testing. Not only were Harmony Enterprises’ employees encouraged to bring in their recyclable cardboard, but several local businesses generously set aside their cardboard for weeks at a time, allowing Harmony to pick up trailer loads of cardboard to store at our production facility.
Preston and Harmony Foods, Kingsley Mercantile, Harmony Greenhouse and Floral, Harmony Kwik Trip, and Harmony Spirits all graciously helped us to achieve our goal of making multiple mill-sized bales for product testing.
With this awesome community support, Harmony was able to complete multiple tests of full bales to ensure product specifications and safety standards were met. The process took nearly two months, but the tests were successful and could not have been completed without this overwhelming community support. Thank you for all of the businesses and individuals who contributed to make this happen!
We invite you to learn more about the extra measures Harmony takes to identify, create, and test new products for the waste handling and recycling industry. If you would like to learn more about these, or our existing full line of balers and compactors, please call us at 507-886-6666 or Contact Us today!