GFL Environmental Inc. ("GFL") and American Waste have entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition by GFL of American Waste's solid and liquid waste businesses in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The closing of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in February 2020.
Founded in 1971 as Northern A -1 by their father, Edward Ascione Sr., Michael and Edward Ascione have since grown American Waste and Northern A-1 to be a leading vertically integrated provider of environmental solutions for a broad base of solid and liquid waste customers. Michael and Edward Ascione will be joining GFL and will continue to manage the American Waste businesses.
Patrick Dovigi, GFL's Founder and CEO said: "The strong family and entrepreneurial values that have been the key to American Waste's success align with GFL's core values and strategy.
"American Waste and Northern A-1 have a committed, passionate employee base that bring the same level of commitment to service excellence for our customers as do GFL's employees. We are confident that this common commitment will make the integration of our service offerings seamless and allow us to continue to grow, to serve our customers and to provide opportunities for our employees. We are excited to have Mike and Eddie and all of the employees of American Waste and Northern A-1 join the GFL team."
Eddie Ascione said: "Mike and I carefully chose to merge with GFL because of our similar lines of business, GFL's down to earth senior management team and decentralized operations approach. We are confident that the strategic fit with GFL represents a great opportunity for our company and our employees to accelerate to the next chapter of growth while maintaining the values we share with GFL reflecting our commitment to our employees, safety and our customers.
"We believe American and Northern A-1's expertise in serving both our solid and liquid waste customers is a great fit with GFL's focus on delivering comprehensive environmental solutions. Mike and I are excited to be able to continue to lead American Waste and Northern A-1 into the future with GFL."
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.