Welcome to the Haul of Fame, a weekly series from Rubicon in which we sit down with a hauler partner to talk about their company, their community, and how they’re collaborating with Rubicon in our mission to end waste.
As our nation continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the men and women at companies like these are on the front lines, continuing to drive their daily route and keeping our communities safe and clean. Their work is the linchpin to safeguarding the public health and we thank them, now more than ever, for providing this essential service to our society.
Burgmeier Hauling, headquartered in Altoona, Pennsylvania, has provided garbage collection and recycling services in residential, commercial, and industrial settings across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland for over 44 years. A second-generation hauler offering front and rear end load containers, rolloffs, compactors, curbside co-mingled, paper recycling, and cardboard-only dumpster recycling services, Burgmeier Hauling operates 55 trucks and has 145 employees. Burgmeier Hauling has been working with Rubicon since 2009.
Burgmeier Hauling’s Business Development Manager, Dalton Wood, sat down with Rubicon to talk about his company and mission for the Haul of Fame.
How does Rubicon’s mission to end waste match-up to Burgmeier Hauling’s own company mission?
Burgmeier Hauling: We were an early adopter of recycling services, being one of the first haulers in Pennsylvania to offer this service to our customers. We own and operate our own materials recovery facility (MRF), and we offer some form of recycling in all of our service areas.
How does Burgmeier Hauling distinguish itself from the competition?
Burgmeier Hauling: We pride ourselves on being large enough to handle even the largest contracts but still small enough that every customer is still a valued and important part of our operation. Being family-owned-and-operated there is a sense of pride and loyalty that can get lost in a large corporation. Along with that, we are continuously investing in new products and technologies in order to better serve our customers, such as real time fleet tracking, live camera feed monitoring, digital dispatching, and routing.
What is the view of Burgmeier Hauling when it comes to participating in the circular economy and helping build a more sustainable future?
Burgmeier Hauling: As a company we are committed to the promotion of recycling in all forms even beyond the traditional plastic and paper streams. We have advanced our recycling operations to offer LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) recycling streams. This service allows for the recycling of common construction and demolition waste, such as unpainted wood and drywall, metal, shingles, brick, and concrete. Furthermore, we have converted a large portion of our fleet over to compressed natural gas (CNG), and we own our own CNG fill station.
What do you love most about the community in which you work, and the customers you serve?
Burgmeier Hauling: The fact that the communities and customers we serve are in our actual neighborhoods. The businesses we serve are the same places we ourselves patronize. Meaning we all are helping each other, working together to make our small part of the world a better place. We take pride in the work we do and in the areas we service because we don’t just work here, we live and raise families here, too.
Where does Burgmeier Hauling see itself five years from now?
Burgmeier Hauling: Our five year plan is to continue our expansion in the tri-state (Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland) region, while increasing our market share in our current service areas. We hope to expand our clean fuel operation to the rest of the fleet, as well as continue technological investments to increase our routing and operational efficiencies.
Chris Watts is Sr. Director of Innovation and Hauler Relations at Rubicon. To stay ahead of Rubicon’s announcements of new partnerships and collaborations around the world, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or contact us today.