Kennewick -- The bottle slammed into the massive silver vehicle, shattering the glass and sending shards several feet. The crowd nearby shouted and cheered.
It was not vandalism, but a christening.
The location: a large parking lot just outside Columbia Industries in downtown Kennewick. And the massive vehicle being ushered into use is the third for CI Shred, a Columbia Industries subsidiary. The truck will shred documents, and if history is any indication, it will be very busy very soon.
CI Shred handles document destruction, and shredded close to 3 million pounds of paper last year. The money that comes in helps, in part, to support the primary activities of Columbia Industries--training the disabled to enter the work force.
The new shredder can process 5 thousand pounds of material an hour. And it is said to be 20 percent faster than other mobile shred units.
Columbia Industries was established in 1963, and it's subsidiary CI Shred was started in 2000 with just one truck.