After almost 60 years of being locally owned, ACE Solid Waste of Ramsey is now owned by Waste Connections Inc., a company headquartered in Texas with a presence in 29 states, but customers will not notice any difference, according to company leadership.
“We have heard some of our competitors have suggested this change will somehow change our relationship with you,” said Mike Berkopec, who has been the general manager at ACE Solid Waste for the past 13 years ever since the company moved from Andover to Ramsey in 2000, in an email statement to customers.
“That is not true. Local decision making is a hallmark of Waste Connections.”
Berkopec said Waste Connections purchased ACE Solid Waste effective Nov. 1. There have been no layoffs of staff of about 90 employees and expansion may be possible with this new company, he said.
Waste Connections is new to the Twin Cities market, but has four other operations in southwest Minnesota, according to its website.
ACE Solid Waste serves over 85,000 customers throughout the northern Twin Cities in communities based in Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, Chisago, Isanti and Sherburne counties, according to Berkopec. It also provides single sort recycling.
The company was founded in 1955 by Don Hedtke, who for the next 37 years worked with his brother Bill Hedtke and Dean Warden to build the company. Andy and Tim Schwizer bought the business from Bill Hedtke and Warden in 1992. At that time the business had 25 garbage trucks and 25,000 customers.
Waste Connections Inc. describes itself as “an integrated solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in mostly exclusive and secondary markets.”
It also is a 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.
The company got its start in 1997 in Washington and Idaho and then started expanding to California and other western states before it started looking for business opportunities throughout the U.S. It recently moved its headquarters from Folsom, Calif., to a Houston, Texas, suburb.
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