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Waste & Recycling January 04, 2017 11:30:54 AM

Waste Connections, Inc. announces major Illinois acquisition

Paul Ploumis
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The Texas-headquartered integrated waste services company Waste Connections, Inc. has announced acquisition of Illinois-based Groot Industries, Inc.
Waste Connections, Inc. announces major Illinois acquisition

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The Texas-headquartered integrated waste services company Waste Connections, Inc. has announced acquisition of Illinois-based Groot Industries, Inc.

According to Ronald J. Mittelstaedt, chief executive officer and chairman, the addition of Groot to its portfolio will help the company to solidify its leading position in these markets. Further, the company will benefit by Groot’s increased disposal volumes to its landfills. The acquisition will serve as a platform for additional growth opportunities, Mittelstaedt added. He stated that Groot's support and commitments to its employees, customers, and the communities it serves throughout four generations of family ownership will be further strengthened under Waste Connection’s stewardship.

Waste Connections typically targets secondary and rural markets to garner a higher local market share, which would be difficult to attain in more competitive urban markets. The company focuses on increasing market penetration and offering additional services to capitalize on future drilling opportunities in those areas. Waste Connections also aims to leverage its franchise-based platforms to expand customer base beyond the exclusive market territories. Earlier in June 2016, the company had merged with its rival Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd.

As per the terms of the acquisition deal, Jon Groot and Ryan Brandsma will continue to lead the operations of Groot.

Meantime, Groot Industries noted that the company is excited to join the Waste Connections family. The leadership team, decentralized operating environment and growth focus of Waste Connections makes it the best fit for Groot. The company will be able to carry on the Groot name within its markets, the statement noted.

About Waste Connections, Inc.

Waste Connections is an integrated solid waste services company that provides waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly exclusive and secondary markets in the United States and Canada. Through its R360 Environmental Solutions subsidiary, Waste Connections is also a leading provider of non-hazardous oilfield waste treatment, recovery and disposal services in several of the most active natural resource producing areas in the United States, including the Permian, Bakken and Eagle Ford Basins. Waste Connections serves more than six million residential, commercial, industrial, and exploration and production customers in 40 states and the District of Columbia in the U.S., and five provinces in Canada. Waste Connections also provides intermodal services for the movement of cargo and solid waste containers in the Pacific Northwest.

About Groot Industries

Groot Industries, Inc. is the largest independent solid waste management services provider in the State of Illinois. The company and its subsidiaries have provided solid waste collection and other vital public services to northeastern Illinois municipalities and businesses since 1914. Groot serves approximately 300,000 customers primarily in northern Illinois from a network of six collection operations, six transfer stations and two recycling facilities.

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