Meridian Waste finalizes acquisition of the Shotwell Companies

Meridian Waste finalizes acquisition of the Shotwell Companies

The acquisition includes a construction and demolition landfill, C&D transfer stations, and a municipal solid waste (MSW) transfer station that is currently under construction.

January 10, 2020

Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, announced Jan. 10 that it has closed on the purchase of the equity interests of Shotwell Landfill Inc., Shotwell Transfer Station II Inc., Capitol Waste Transfer LLC, Capital Recycling LLC and the Morrisville Transfer Station LLC. Collectively, these assets operate under the banner of the Shotwell Companies throughout the greater Raleigh, North Carolina marketplace. The terms of the stock purchase agreement remain private. According to the company, this marks Meridian Waste’s first acquisition within North Carolina and the 11th acquisition since the company transitioned to private stock under the ownership of Warren Equity Partners (WEP) in April 2018.

The acquisition includes Shotwell’s construction and demolition (C&D) landfill and C&D transfer stations with the purchase of the Shotwell Transfer Station II Capitol Waste Transfer Station. Additionally, the purchase includes the Morrisville Transfer Station, which is a municipal solid waste (MSW) transfer station that is currently under construction. The purchase will also include disposal and commercial contracts associated with the disposal facilities as well as hauling assets.

“The Shotwell acquisition establishes Meridian Waste as an immediate, fully integrated solid waste competitor in a dynamic southeastern marketplace,” Walter “Wally” Hall,  CEO of Meridian Waste, says. “We have a strong book of business with the group of hauling and disposal assets purchased, which will serve as a springboard to additional growth and expansion within the Carolinas. The Shotwell C&D Landfill along with existing C&D transfer stations readies the company to benefit from the historic construction boom happening across [North Carolina’s Research] Triangle, and with the opening of the Morrisville Transfer Station, the company will begin internalizing MSW loads from the Raleigh-Durham area at its Lunenburg Landfill in southern Virginia by the end of [the first quarter]. This kind of opportunity is rare but very favorable to financial margin enhancement and strategic growth. Meridian Waste is open for business in North Carolina, our headquartered state, and we are in the position to be extremely successful in the region.”

Hall continues, “Through the continued support of our private equity partners, Warren Equity, Meridian Waste will continue to aggressively grow our footprint across the southeast.”

David King, the previous majority owner of the Shotwell Companies, will remain a team member of Meridian Waste as will the 25 employees currently operating the landfill, transfer stations and the hauling company. The hauling company will operate under the brand of Meridian Waste.

“Selling a business you have developed over 20 years isn’t an easy decision,” King says. “However, I knew if there was ever a company and a management team to partner with to continue and better the success of the Shotwell Companies, it is Meridian Waste and Wally Hall. I feel confident that my Shotwell employees and assets are in good, knowledgeable hands and with those who will take care of the customers, the employees and the environment. Plus, I get the benefit of riding along with the company for this incredible journey.”