SSI Shredding Systems
SSI Shredding Systems does not shy away from tough jobs; in fact, it’s built a business on them. The Wilsonville, Ore.-based firm designs and manufactures low-speed, high-torque industrial shredding systems that can handle a variety of materials, ranging from paper to automobiles. When Tom Garnier founded the company in 1981, he says there were already established companies in the business. So, SSI differentiated itself by serving as a kind of catch-all for the odd jobs no one else could or was willing to do.
“When you think about it, we were this small Oregon company being approached by these Fortune 500 companies so they had to have a compelling reason to do so,” Garnier says. “They had specific needs, but they couldn’t find their solution in the brochures from other manufacturers. So when we started, they came to us, and we needed the orders so we said, ‘Yes, we’ll do what you want.’ So we really got pushed into being an engineering firm because the customers we ended up with were companies that couldn’t get what they needed somewhere else.”