BOLINGBROOK, Ill. –March 10, 2017–Galfab Manufacturing (Galfab), a leading hoist, container and compactor manufacturer based out of Winamac, Indiana and Phoenix, AZ has reported another record year in 2016.

“By any standard of measure, Galfab had a tremendous year in 2016,” commented Jerry Samson, President of Galfab Manufacturing and EVP of Wastebuilt. “The momentum we had coming into 2016 continued throughout the year. Our expanding workforce has responded to robust business and allowed us to grow at an amazing rate.”

Galfab was founded by Don Galbreath in 1992. Mr. Galbreath produced his first roll-off hoist in 1959 and is often credited with the invention of the modern day roll-off hoist. His knowledge and expertise is still a guiding factor for Galfab today.

“I am extremely excited about our plans to continue to provide quality products in the waste industry for the upcoming years.” added Samson. “This past year was great but we have much more we want to accomplish going forward by expanding our production capacity.”

About Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, LLC

Wastebuilt was formed in December of 2012 in order to create a customer-focused and national provider of parts, service, and equipment for the waste and recycling industry. Wastebuilt is majority-owned by Millbrook Capital Management Inc., a New York City-based investment firm that seeks to acquire and grow companies in partnership with founders and experienced management teams by providing capital and strategic guidance.

Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, LLC announces appointment of Greg Podell as Vice Chairman of The Board; COO Dave McKeon ASSUMES operating Responsibility effective January 1, 2017

Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, LLC announces appointment of Greg Podell as Vice Chairman of The Board; COO Dave McKeon ASSUMES operating Responsibility effective January 1, 2017


BOLINGBROOK, Ill.December 5, 2016– Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, LLC (Wastebuilt), a leading provider of parts, service, and equipment for the waste and recycling industry, is pleased to announce that Greg Podell will transition from Chief Executive Officer to Vice Chairman of the Board, effective January 1, 2017. Taking over day-to-day responsibilities at Wastebuilt is Chief Operating Officer Dave McKeon, who joined the Company in February 2016.

“Since Wastebuilt’s formation just over four years ago, we have built a national company providing parts, service and equipment for our customers across the waste and recycling industry. Partnering with great companies through acquisition, our initial integration period is largely behind us and our business strategies are delivering solid results,” Podell explained. “With our momentum building, I’m moving from an operational leadership position to a more strategic role as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.”

Chief Operating Officer Dave McKeon will assume operating responsibility. McKeon joined Wastebuilt with considerable experience managing all facets of industrial distribution, manufacturing, and service. Prior to joining Wastebuilt, he spent nine years as president of C&H Distributors, where he ran its North American operations. His extensive operating experience also includes leadership positions with McMaster-Carr Supply, Beckley Cardy Group, and USABlueBook.

“This has been an exciting year to join Wastebuilt,” McKeon said. “Wastebuilt is becoming a national leader in parts, service, and equipment for the waste and recycling industry with an unrivaled suite of products and services for our customers. It is the right time to shift our focus to operations so we can take full advantage of the new and growing opportunities open to a company with our national scale and broad expertise. We look forward to building on the momentum of the past four years under Greg’s leadership.”

John Dyson, Chairman of Wastebuilt, added: “As a founder and its chief architect, Greg Podell has been instrumental in making his vision for Wastebuilt a reality. We are pleased that Greg will continue with the company in his new role as Vice Chairman and we look forward to his continued leadership on the Board as we build on his vision of excellence.”

With Dave McKeon in charge of operations, Wastebuilt has no plans to commence a CEO search.

About Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, LLC

Wastebuilt was formed in December of 2012 in order to create a customer-focused and national provider of parts, service, and equipment for the waste and recycling industry. Wastebuilt is majority-owned by Millbrook Capital Management Inc., a New York City-based investment firm that seeks to acquire and grow companies in partnership with founders and experienced management teams by providing capital and strategic guidance.


Photos available upon request 


Adam Friedman

(917) 675-6250



Wastebuilt Executive Spotlight: Ben Scheiner

Cal Franklin interviews

Wastebuilt Plant Manager Ben Scheiner

Ben Scheiner serves as the Plant General Manager for Wastebuilt in Winamac Indiana, home of the Galfab4W0A2500_WEB Roll-Off Hoist. He is a Manufacturing and Supply Chain leader with over 20 years of experience helping people and organizations achieve their maximum potential. He has worked as an Operational Consultant and Coach in Semiconductors, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Electronic Assembly. He has been the Plant Manager of the leading factory in its field in the world and Head of Operations for DeLaval’s Chemical Division. Ben holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA. He is a Chartered Engineer via the IET in the UK and a Chartered Fellow of CMI in the UK, he is a Certified Supply Chain Professional through APICS, the Association for Operations Management in the US. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. In his spare time he studies Spanish and volunteers in Spanish. Ben is the Pulaski County representative on the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board.

Franklin:   The accent is the first thing people notice about you. Tell us what brought you to the United States.

Scheiner:  A few years ago I was given the opportunity to relocate to Washington State to work as a Plant Manager for a factory making milking equipment. I have been a manufacturing professional for most of my career and the opportunity to manage a plant was too good an opportunity to pass up. I lived in the Pacific Northwest for 4 years and have been in the Midwest for the last 3.

Franklin:   How did you come to Wastebuilt and how has that experience been for you?

Scheiner:  I was recruited to help turn the Galfab facility (now Wastebuilt Winamac) into a modern world-class manufacturing unit. Once again – an opportunity too good to pass up. Change is always hard and the change process in Winamac is no exception but we have a superb team, both back office and in the shop. 2015 has been a great year and the team delivered amazing results. From a companywide perspective, Wastebuilt has grown both organically and through acquisition in the short time I have been a part of it – I think this is a great time to be a part of this company.

Franklin:   I read somewhere about your thoughts on the concepts of trust as it relates to the business product. Can you explain what you meant?

Scheiner:  I look at this from 2 key aspects. One aspect is from our customers’ perspective. They trust us to deliver a high quality product every time – improving that quality while delivering the growth we enjoyed in 2015 is a key focus of mine. The other aspect is in the relationship in the team – if I (we) can create an environment of trust where everyone pulls in the same direction, the team can achieve amazing results and ultimately the team wins.
Franklin:   I understand you’re married to a practicing Psychotherapist? Tell us about your family.

Scheiner:  I have been married to Tamara for 15 years, she is a South African from Cape Town. We have 9 year old twins – a boy and a girl – Gil and Noa, they were born in the UK but, unlike me, they have American accents. 9 is a great age where kids have a lot of cool and intelligent stuff to say. I think that being married to a Psychotherapist gives me a unique insight into what makes people tick and how to motivate via passion, compassion and understanding. As an engineer, I often see things in black and white, Tamara helps me to achieve a more complex and textured perspective.

Franklin:   You once told me that building the best quality product is the goal you want to achieve. Can you explain?

Scheiner:  The Galfab roll-off hoist has always been renowned as a quality product with innovative features. In 2015 we successfully met the challenge of maintaining and improving that quality while experiencing rapid growth. We do this via a combination of fixtures, checklists and testing. Every hoist goes through an engineering review before production starts and is tacked in a fixture to ensure consistent quality. Checklists are used throughout the process and we do a full functional test with a loaded container for every hoist. Once it is ready to go, the hoist goes through a multipoint final inspection by a dedicated team. However like you, I am a fan of the late, great Bear Bryant – who wanted “committed not contented” players – what we have achieved this year is merely the starting point for our next level of improvements.
Franklin:   You are the Pulaski County representative on the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board. Tell us about your work with the Board.

Scheiner:  The Board provides oversight and vision to all aspects for developing a workforce that is ready for future challenges. My involvement enables me to have a direct influence on that. Some of the reasons I enjoy working in Indiana include the importance placed on manufacturing and the innovative programs in place to connect the right people with the jobs we have. I really like being a part of that and being able to impact what the future workforce will look like. Being part of the Board has also enabled me to meet interesting and passionate people who I would not otherwise have met.

Wastebuilt Customer Spotlight: Waste Pro’s Fred Wood

Cal Franklin’s interview with Waste Pro’s Fred Wood

Galfab’s Cal Franklin recently interviewed Waste Pro’s Fred Wood. Fred has been in the waste industry for several decades and has performed a variety of duties within the industry. He is currently is Senior Vice President of Waste Pro USA.

Franklin:           You have been with Waste Pro a long time. How has that  experience been for you?

Wood:             Fantastic!!! We have a great team of people who pull together and have worked hard to establish a great company. I am extremely proud of our employees. As we say… Waste Pro Proud.

 Franklin:         Waste Pro is getting larger each year and is claiming its share of markets in several states. Where is the company footprint established today?

Wood:             We are currently servicing the Southeast United States. We have operations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. It is quite a broad area but we have outstanding people in those areas that do a great job of servicing our customers.

Franklin:         What are your responsibilities within the company structure?

Wood:             I am a board member Senior Vice President Corporate maintenance manager. One of my duties involves giving motivational speeches to our employees. I enjoy talking to this group of dedicated individuals. They work hard every day to insure the garbage gets picked up. I’m proud of that.

 Franklin:         You have had over 20 years of experience in the waste industry. How did it get started and why did you make it a career?
Wood:             My parents owned a garbage company. Also, my grandparents owned a garbage company in the late sixties. I remember my  father worked in a factory and made $100.00 per week. My  mother ran the garbage route and made $100.00 per day. That has always stuck in my head. I also realized garbage is very consistent work. It has always been very important to me to provide the best possible life-style for my family.

Franklin:         Wastebuilt, which is a fairly new company, has begun a new customer-client relationship with Waste Pro. How has that been working out for you?

Wood:             I feel we are building a great relationship with Wastebuilt. We need (GREAT) vendors to stay competitive in the industry. Wastebuilt is working hard at the division level earning the business. Your staff has have been very professional assisting setting up our parts rooms. We are finding ways to help each other thru parts and rebuilding components that will save Waste Pro money.

Franklin:         Tell us about your wife and children?

Wood:             My wife is a horse lover. That said…it tells you where my money goes!! She is a great girl.  I took her to the Junior Prom in high school. That was almost 40 years ago. And she still likes me. I don’t know why either!  Our only child…our daughter works for Waste Pro. Tamara and her husband Nick  and our two precious grandsons live in the Greenville South Carolina area. Yes…she is a daddy’s girl. We are very proud of her and Nick. The great thing is we live close…only two hours from them.







Wastebuilt Executive Spotlight: Mark Clindaniel

Cal Franklin recently interviewed Wastebuilt Southeast’s Mark Clindaniel. Mark joined Mark CWastebuilt with 25 years of experience in the waste industry. Prior to joining Wastebuilt, he served 11 years in sales and management roles at Wastequip and Galbreath.  Most recently, Mark was responsible for Midwest sales for E-Z Pack.

Franklin:     You’ve been in this business a long-time. What attracted you to this industry?

Clindaniel:  The industry is a very close knit group of professionals who take pride in their work and profession. Let’s face it…trash is not glamorous but         the people make it a very fun and unique industry.

Franklin:     Wastebuilt is a fairly new company with several recent acquisitions. What is your opinion of this new company with some industry old names?

Clindaniel:  If I counted the number of fingers equaling a decade per finger, I don’t have enough hands for the years of knowledge we have in the Wastebuilt Company. I started in the Waste Industry in 1989 and in our company, I am the inexperienced one. Greg Podell and Jerry Samson have over 60 years combined along with many others including yourself. Wastebuilt is three years old but has the knowledge of a company which has been in business 50 years. This includes great companies like Stepp and Consolidated and their years of success which they bring to the Wastebuilt Family.

Franklin:     You’ve opened up an office in south Florida. Can you tell us about it and what will be occurring at this facility?

Clindaniel:  Our facility in Florida is named Wastebuilt Southeast which is located in Pompano Beach. It is a brand new property from the ground up. We provide a wide variety of parts and full service including mobile service which will accommodate the entire State of Florida. We are focusing on customer needs in Florida with a concentration on Parts and Service to the customer base. The property is 30,000 Square feet of Parts warehouse and six-bay shop. We currently have six employees and will have eight to 10 by the end of the year. Parts and Service will be our priority.

Franklin:     Parts and service seemed to be a big part of what you will be doing.

Clindaniel:  Cal, we have only been invoicing about 2 ½ months and are very excited by the reception which has been provided to us by several great customers. We are delivering parts to our customers’ door along with service at their locations. That is being very well received at this time. We hope to build a large customer base to be serviced by a great group of Wastebuilt employees who are passionate on customer satisfaction.

Franklin:     How did the recent open-house go at the new location?

Clindaniel:  The open house went well. We had two great days of customer orientation and training on several products. We were happy to have Don Galbreath attend. He is a legend in our industry and we were glad to see him. I am hoping to make the open house an annual event and watch the numbers grow. I encourage all of our friends and customers to stop by and visit our facility.

Franklin:     Can you tell us about the employees who will be working with you in Florida?

Clindaniel:  We have brought in many experienced players. Randy Bourbeau is young guy who handles our service side of the business. He has many years of experience in the waste industry. Randy managed a fleet of refuse trucks over 100 deep and multiple brand names in Kentucky. Michael Shellenbaum is a young guys straight out of college who is our inside parts coordinator from Arizona. Both of these guys have been with me from the start. They are DEVOTED to Wastebuilt. Randy Schellenbaum is our parts service manager who brings to us 30 plus years in the waste industry. He recently moved here from Arizona. These people make the company and WE HAVE THE PEOPLE!

Franklin:     You have moved from Indiana to Florida. How has the transition been with your wife Pam and the children to the move?

Clindaniel:  We dropped the youngest son off at college on a Thursday and moved down on the following Saturday. We are empty nesters and we love it! Don’t get me wrong, we love and miss our children but they are growing up. Two of them have their own homes. They can visit any time and the door is always open…it’s just a different environment for me and Pam. My wife loves it in Florida. For Pam, the hotter it is, the happier she is. I have a happy wife right now. Pam can have fun in the sun and I get to grow a company from the bottom up. It is a great time in my life to experience this challenge and I am having fun doing it.






Wastebuilt Executive Spotlight: Larry Freeman

Larry Freeman’s interview with Cal Franklin about his 40 years on the waste industry equipment side of the business

Long time waste equipment industry leader Larry Freeman of Consolidated Disposal Systems of Atlanta sat down Larrywith Wastebuilt’s Cal Franklin for an interview. R. Larry Freeman founded Consolidated Disposal Systems, Inc. in 1973. He was owner and CEO until June of 2013 when Consolidated became part of the Wastebuilt Group. He continues to serve as General Manager of the Atlanta operation. Consolidated Disposal Systems has been in the waste equipment business for over 40 years in Georgia starting with a single line of refuse equipment — the Dempster brand — and adding other quality refuse lines over the years. Consolidated has consistently been recognized as one of the top equipment dealers in Georgia by all the major brands in the industry — Dempster, Galfab, Galbreath, Leach/Labrie, New Way, and Tymco Sweepers. We have also been consistently acknowledged for its leadership in quality parts and service. 

Franklin:    You have a wife and two daughters. Tell us about them.

Freeman:     I met my wife, Marsha, in my second year of college at University of Georgia and we were married the last quarter of college in 1969. We have two beautiful daughters and two wonderful granddaughters and live in Smyrna, Georgia. Our daughters live within a mile of our home and we enjoy a cookout every Sunday evening.

Franklin:    You’ve been involved on the equipment side of the Waste Industry for many years. How did you get started and what was that experience like for you?

Freeman:     After teaching school for four years to pay back a teaching scholarship from UGA, I wanted to go into business because my brother owned a very successful truck dealership in Cobb County, Georgia. Through a college friend, I found that there was a possibility to become a dealer for Dumpster in Georgia. Since my brother had a truck dealership, I presented the idea to him and we visited Dumpster in Knoxville, Tenn. and were given the dealership for the State of Georgia in 1973 under the name of Consolidated Disposal Systems, Inc. This was a huge learning curve for me but found out very quickly that “people buy from people” and if you have a good product to sell and sell yourself, you will be successful. I traveled the State along for 6 months and was very successful with the Dempster Products because they were the leaders in the industry during this period. Most national accounts used Dempster Products at this time and we were successful in selling City of Atlanta all Dempster Rear Loaders and Front loaders for about 15 years. When Dempster folded, we were given the Leach Refuse Line and were very successful with the Leach Product and converted City of Atlanta to Leach. We were also awarded the Tymco Sweeper Line for Georgia in 1987 and have been very aggressive with this product and have been recognized in the top ten dealers for many years. Also in 1987, I met Don Galbreath and visited the Galbreath Plant in Winamac, IN. and was impressed with Don and the great products that he was building. We were awarded the dealership for Galbreath for the State of Georgia and were very successful in selling Galbreath Products for many years. We were the top dealer for three years in a row with Galbreath. Consolidated was given the opportunity to represent the New Way Refuse Products in the early 90’s and this has been a great line of equipment that we have supplied in Georgia and have been in the top 10 dealerships for this product over the years.

Franklin:    Consolidated Disposal Systems is on course for a record year in all areas. You have a great team of sales, shop and service people, not to mention your parts department. Tell us about them and how they work together as a unit?

Freeman:    Putting together a good team is vital in this industry. A team that is knowledgeable of the products, have a good rapport with the customer, and follow up with good service are the barometers for success. We have the best sales staff in the industry with Bob Keller, Mike Cassotta, and Jim Reeves. Add to that Jimmy Mclean who runs a great shop and Dan Jane who manages the parts department and this makes a strong dealership in all areas. Customer satisfaction in a timely manner is what all users are looking for in this industry. When you sell a customer a refuse unit at the enormous costs paid, they cannot afford to have these units not on the road making money for them. The secret for growth is standing behind the product and constantly putting yourself in front of the customer for support.

Franklin:    You’ve met a lot of different characters in the waste industry. Who were some of your favorites and why?

Freeman:    Two of my favorite/interesting people that I have met in this industry would be Don Galbreath and Jim Wade. Two completely different people but both very talented in different ways. Don Galbreath, a “get to the point person” is one of most resourceful individuals I have ever met. When he speaks about equipment and especially hoists, you should pay attention. His mechanical knowledge is unsurpassed in this industry. The late Jim Wade, a remarkable individual who ran Dempster for years and then became President of Crane Carrier was one of best communicators in the industry for years. His presence demanded attention by all because when he spoke you immediately grasped his knowledge of the situation. His demeanor, knowledge, and communicative skills were the best that I have ever seen.

Franklin:    I recently watched a video of you talking about Don Galbreath. How long have you’ve known Don?

Freeman:    I met Don Galbreath in 1987 in Winamac, IN. to ask for the privilege of representing Galbreath Hoists in Georgia. This began a long and rewarding association for years and has continued with the Galfab Hoist. He is not only a remarkable individual who’s mind is usually ahead of everybody when you have a conversation about equipment and how it works but also a great friend that I respect greatly.

Franklin:    There have been a lot of changes since Consolidated was merged with Wastebuilt. How are you adjusting to the corporate environment?

Freeman:    The merge with Wastebuilt was a big change but with individuals like Greg Podell, Jerry Samson, and Cal Franklin who had a history with our company, we were able to make the transition smoothly. We continue to do a great job with one of the best sales and support staffs in the industry. My philosophy has always been to build on positive attitudes with any change and give every action consideration before criticism. Change has been great but Wastebuilt has recognized the enormous talent and devotion that the staff of Consolidated has given over the years to this territory and has built a support team behind us. They have seen the dedication and commitment from Consolidated to make this territory better each year.