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.