Waste Industries USA, Inc.: Creating community partnerships

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Courtesy of Waste Advantage Magazine

Waste Industries USA, Inc., a thriving solid waste services company with 1,900 employees, has provided collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services to commercial, industrial and residential customer locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee for more than 40 years.

Waste Industries was developed in 1970 by Lonnie Poole, Jr. who had a vision of what the company could be, and introduced his plan to J. Gregory Poole who would become its first outside investor. Although Waste Industries’ early years were filled with challenges, the company established a track record for performance in a very demanding business. It constructed sanitary landfills and opened collection operations in towns and counties in Eastern North Carolina and still enjoys many business relationships established in the 1970s. By the mid 1980s, the company’s revenues reached $10 million and the company had created a culture that would sustain its growth—one built around people, principles, practices and performance. By the end of the 1990s, Waste Industries reached a milestone of $100 million in revenues and became a public company with its stock traded on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol WWIN. In 2008, after 11 years as a public company, Waste Industries, with the support of two prominent investment firms, Macquarie and Goldman Sachs, would become private once again.

From landfills and transfer stations to strategic environmental policies, Waste Industries provides efficient, innovative and cost-effective solid waste solutions.

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