Owensboro Terminal Manager Turns To “Green” Material Handlers Again After Many Years Of Dependable Service

The rubber-tired 860 M gives Yellow Banks the mobility to operate from multiple locations on the 100-acre site.

The rubber-tired 860 M gives Yellow Banks the mobility to operate from multiple locations on the 100-acre site.

Owensboro, KY – When SENNEBOGEN material handlers became available in America, Bob Childress was one of the first to put a green machine into service on the Ohio River. Now, he is one of the latest SENNEBOGEN purchasers, too.

“I bought one of the first SENNEBOGEN 825 M units from Brandeis Machinery and Supply (the SENNEBOGEN dealer in this area) for Lanham River Terminal” Childress recalls. “After Yellow Banks purchased the operation here at Davis County Sand & Gravel, and we needed to increase capacity, I knew where to go, back to SENNEBOGEN and Brandeis.”

Handling multiple materials

Childress recently transferred to Yellow Banks from Kinder Morgan’s nearby Owensboro terminal. Yellow Banks’ facilities include 50,000 sq. ft. of covered storage on a 100-acre property with over 1,500 linear feet of riverfront. The two-tiered barge facility moves a wide range of materials to and from storage: salt, coal, urea, potash and fertilizer, scrap metal and aluminum. Loading and offloading was handled by the SENNEBOGEN 850 M that Yellow Banks owners had purchased in 2008 after seeing a similar model at work at the Kinder Morgan terminal.

It was a year ago that Childress decided it was time to upgrade to a higher volume machine. The 850 was traded in and replaced with a new SENNEBOGEN: an 860 M model fitted with a 5-yard clamshell bucket. What’s on the machine, however, is not as important to him as what’s behind a SENNEBOGEN. According to Childress, one of the most important elements of the SENNEBOGEN operation are its people. “Whenever I have a question, a SENNEBOGEN representative is there with the answer. I really appreciate the attention to detail and SENNEBOGEN’s understanding of our operation.”

Running every day

“The uptime is unbelievable, and the parts support from Brandeis & SENNEBOGEN is just unreal,” he says. “You can get any part for a SENNEBOGEN any time you want.” Childress was convinced of the factory’s support for its products when he met the Managing Director, Erich Sennebogen, while visiting in Germany. “He was nothing but nice when we were over there. And if you have a complaint about a machine, he wants to know it. We’ve got one machine here, and that’s all we have – it’s got to run every day. If there’s a problem, you can’t just go and rent another one down the street. It’s there, and I know it’s going to run. That’s the main reason I go with SENNEBOGEN.”


After many years running SENNEBOGEN machines to unload barges for his Ohio River terminals, Bob Childress chose a new SENNEBOGEN 860 M as the latest upgrade for the Yellow Banks facility in Owensboro, KY.

Improved safety

In many years as a SENNEBOGEN owner, Childress has seen numerous design changes in the product line. The safety features of the current generation stand out most in his mind. “The sliding door to get into the machine and the catwalk and handrail outside the door make it a lot safer for operators. And the new stairs for getting up to the cab are better when it’s wet, or when there’s snow and ice on the machine. And also, the dual camera system – it works very well for backing around the hopper, and when it has to move around to lift off lids.”

From a performance and productivity standpoint, Childress is again satisfied with his choice. “A year into this machine, it’s done everything we expected it to.”


SENNEBOGEN has been a leading name in the global material handling industry for over 60 years. Based in Stanley, North Carolina, within the greater Charlotte region, SENNEBOGEN LLC offers a complete range of purpose-built machines to suit virtually any material handling application. Established in America in the year 2000, SENNEBOGEN LLC has quickly become a leading provider of specialized equipment solutions for recycling and scrap metal yards, demolition, barge and port operations, log-handling, transfer stations and waste facilities from coast to coast. A growing network of distributors supports SENNEBOGEN LLC sales and service across the Americas, ensuring the highest standard of professional machine support and parts availability.

For more information on the full line of SENNEBOGEN green line material handlers, contact:

Constantino Lannes, President
1957 Sennebogen Trail (formerly 7669 Old Plank Road)
Stanley, NC 28164
Tel: (704) 347-4910 or fax (704) 347-8894
E-mail: sales@sennebogenllc.com
Visit the web site at www.sennebogen-na.com

About Brandeis Machinery & Supply Company

Brandeis Machinery and Supply is part of Bramco Inc., one of the largest construction, mining and industrial equipment sales, rental and service networks in the country. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, Bramco operates throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Northern Mississippi and Eastern Arkansas. Bramco’s management understands that the success of our business is built upon maintaining our capabilities and developing a trusting relationship with our customers.

The Bramco companies work as a team to provide innovative solutions for leading construction, mining, earth-moving and industrial equipment users. For more than 107 years, Bramco has developed a reputation for continually introducing product and service improvements. Our legacy remains intact today, and will continue in the future, because of our commitment to customer satisfaction.