BHS Grows Sales Team & Invests in Test Facilities

New specialty team and personnel additions announced

Bulk Handling Systems Sales Team

Eugene, Ore. – February 9, 2016 – – Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has announced a new organizational structure to its North American sales team, adding two new hires and promoting a veteran employee. The company’s new Separation Technology Specialists (STS) will focus on applications of core solutions including BHS Tri-Disc™ screens, Nihot air density products and NRT In-Flight Sorting® optical sorters.

“Despite 2015’s headwind of declining commodity prices, demand for proven and well-supported products helped BHS achieve our strongest sales in company history. We’re investing to ensure this continues,” said BHS President John Warne. “Separation solutions employed at our latest high-volume, high-recovery materials recovery facilities (MRFs) can also deliver stand-alone or added value to existing systems to greatly improve performance. This new team will lead to a better understanding of customer needs and help BHS position solutions to increase automation, improve separation efficiency and solve novel processing challenges.”  In support of this initiative, BHS is making capital investments in sample material testing and demonstration systems at two US locations; BHS headquarters in Eugene, OR and NRT headquarters in Nashville, TN.

The all-new STS Team consists of Travis Curtis, Randy Roy and Richard Sweet.  Curtis, having been at BHS subsidiary NRT since 2014, joins BHS to cover the Southeast & Central US.  Roy, newly hired to BHS, will cover Canada.  Richard Sweet, promoted from within to the position of Senior Applications Engineer, will cover the Northwestern US and Western Canada along with having responsibility for continuous technical training for the entire BHS salesforce.

Integrated systems for material recovery in single-stream, mixed-waste, construction and demolition, and compost and organics recycling, as well as plastics recovery facilities (PRFs), are the lifeblood of BHS. Projects of this size and scale are the responsibility of BHS Regional Sales Managers (RSMs). New to this role is Ken Smakula, covering the US Atlantic Coast. “We’re managing growth and have planned these actions to help solidify our role as valued consultants to our clients,” said Warne. “I’m delighted with the caliber of representatives we’ve added as our customers deserve the best-trained, and most competent and professional team in our industry.”


Additions to the BHS Team

Ken Smakula

Regional Sales Manager
Atlantic Coast States

Ken Smakula BHS

Ken has nearly three decades of experience as a senior sales manager focusing on clinical laboratory automation including system design.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and can be reached at or 541-505-1413.


Randy Roy

Separation Technology Specialist
Northeast States & Eastern Canada

 Randy Roy BHS

Previous to joining BHS, Randy managed technical field service for an Italian manufacturer of digital imaging equipment. Randy is a graduate of the RCC Institute of Technology (Ontario, Canada) Electronics Engineering Technology program and can be reached at or 416-605-7583.


Travis Curtis

Separation Technology Specialist
Central and Southwest

 Travis Curtis BHS

Travis has been developing his optical sorter expertise with BHS subsidiary NRT since 2014, and now adds BHS and Nihot to his offerings. Travis is a graduate of Clemson University with a BA in business administration and can be reached at or 615-945-3553.

BHS Veteran Sales Team

Rich Reardon

Regional Sales Manager

Rich Reardon BHS


Richard Sweet

Senior Applications Engineer

Richard Sweet BHS



Eric Winkler

Regional Sales Manager

Eric Winkler BHS


Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)

Headquartered in Eugene, OR, BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. Wholly-owned subsidiaries include Nihot (Amsterdam), NRT (Nashville, TN) and Zero Waste Energy (Lafayette, CA). BHS is also the home of Max-AI® technology, a breakthrough artificial intelligence that identifies materials, makes intelligent decisions and directs equipment such as robotic sorters. Clients around the globe choose BHS because of its experience, dedication to cutting-edge technology, quality construction and durability, and unmatched customer service. BHS has built some of the largest and most durable MRFs in the world – and they are achieving the highest throughput, recovery, and purity rates in the industry.

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