New waste management company to service customers in Detroit

New waste management company to service customers in Detroit

Priority Waste is hoping to double its workforce by the end of its first year.

April 4, 2018
Edited by Adam Redling

A new waste management company has entered the Detroit metro market to serve the residential and commercial collection needs of the area, Crain’s Detroit Business reports. Priority Waste, currently headquartered in Clinton Township, Michigan, but is looking for permanent headquarters elsewhere in the area, launched in March. Since the company started its collections, it has grown from two to six drivers and currently uses six new 2018 tri-axle Kenworth trucks and approximately 300 collection containers that vary between 10 and 40 cubic yards in volume to service its accounts.

According to company representatives, Priority Waste hopes to double its workforce, which currently stands at 15 employees, by the end of its first year and to amass between $7 million to $10 million in revenue.

Priority Waste Chief Operating Officer Sam Langer says the company is well positioned to grow thanks to the strengthening of the community which it serves.

"The primary reason is the turnaround of the area," Langer says. "The economy has come rolling back. (There is) a lot of construction in Detroit and Southeast Michigan."

One area in particular that Langer sees as providing room for growth is the acquisition climate that has pervaded the area in recent years.

“Over the last three years, we've seen the large national companies come in and buy all the ‘ma and pa’ companies," he says. "Service has gone downhill significantly."

Langer says that his goal is for the company to have an even split between permanent and temporary accounts. Its clients currently include residential customers who need one-off waste removal service for jobs such as for roofing projects, as well as a number of permanent corporate customers that require routine collections.