New owners taking over Prineville Disposal
Prineville Disposal, a longtime and well-known local business, is changing hands after the city of Prineville approved a resolution Tuesday evening to transfer the franchise agreement between Prineville Disposal and Republic Services.
According to Prineville Disposal owners Steve and Emily Holliday, they are working extensively with Republic Services, a national company, to make the transition go smoothly and seamlessly. Prineville Disposal and Septic Pros was established approximately 43 years ago by Gary and Sally Goodman. The legacy has been passed down to the next generation.
Steve said they are excited to be handing off the business to Republic Services because of their company values, and he and Emily wanted to ensure that their current staff would remain with the company.
"It was time," Steve said. "It was getting more than what Emily and I could handle — there are so many moving parts to it now,"
He added that the community has really grown, and he and his wife also want to spend time with their kids as they get older.
"(We want to) spend time with them before they leave the house. It's time to find something else to do," he added.
Republic Services is a national company and has more than 2,700 partnerships with municipalities. Small franchises like Prineville Disposal are sought after because of their dedication to community.
"This is a family that has dedicated time and energy for multiple generations to be part of the community," pointed out Northwest Area Director of Municipal Sales for Republic Services Jim Hutchinson. "Republic prides itself on being that local provider — we're a national provider obviously — but we realize how local waste collection is."
He said there are few businesses that come to your house as often as the men and women who pick up your trash.
"You don't get more local than that," he said.
Hutchinson said that the company's intention for the transition is to keep the external operations as seamless as possible.
"Same people, same trucks," he said. "We are very happy that the team members locally here are going to be part of our team as we go forward. Externally, people aren't going to see much of anything different."
Hutchinson commented that the company will work closely with the county and the city to determine the appropriate rates, and Republic Services will operate within the guardrails of the franchise agreements that are in place.
General Manager for Republic Services' Central Oregon Business Unit Kristin Steiner indicated that customers will eventually see blue trucks and uniforms and a different name on their invoices.
"Other than that, same people answering the phones, same people picking up your garbage — just a different brand over time," she said.
Steve Holliday said that it has always been important to him to have local people.
"You live where you work, and as I tell the employees when we hire somebody, 'It's important to your customers to be able to run into you at the grocery store, even to just to say hello, because they recognize yo,u and that's a relationship,'" he said. "So, same people, same thing — it's really not going to change."
Northwest Area Director of Business Development for Republic Services Ryan Lawler said one of the great things about Republic Services is that it is a national company but operates very locally.
"We have the national resources in order to do that," he said. "Kristin and her management team are here in Central Oregon. We are keeping all the Prineville Disposal and Septic Pros employees right here in Prineville. They are going to continue to operate out of the yard here in Prineville, and that's all good for everybody — community, customers and all the stakeholders here within the Prineville and Crook County area."
"We are really excited to be here," Lawler added.
Hutchinson said although the company is expanding to Central Oregon, it is not new to the state. It also operates in 48 or so cities, including Corvallis, Albany, Silverton, Tualatin, Salem, Sisters, Redmond, Bend and some small portions of Portland.
"Republic Services prides itself in the partnerships we make with the communities where we provide service," said Hutchinson.
He indicated that they try to keep it simple, reliable, and environmentally responsibile for their customers.
"We like to talk about the blue planet, and that we work for earth," he said. "People think we are just a disposal company and just pick up trash. We try to do it in an environmentally sustainable way as we possibly can--we know it's something that has to be done."
Steiner emphasized that they want to carry on the traditions that Prineville Disposal has been part of, such as the parades and the Crooked River Roundup.
"We plan on doing everything that meant something to this community, and we want to be involved," Steiner said. "We are excited to get to know the community. Obviously most of the people here have been living here their whole lives or are deeply rooted. "
According to their website, Republic Services is recognized as Barron's 100 Most Sustainable Companies, Forbes Best Employers for Women, Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the Ethisphere Institute's World's Most Ethical Companies lists.
"We believe that when the company gives back and are engaged locally, our team members desire to stay with the company and be happy," noted Hutchinson.
"We are excited about this, because it provides us great opportunity," he added. "We have a great team we are transitioning with."
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