Casella Acquires Arc GLOW’s Trash Collection and Transfer Station
Acquisition will help Arc GLOW position itself for the future
Batavia, N.Y., August 22, 2022 – Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (Casella) (NASDAQ: CWST) announced today that it has acquired Arc GLOW’s trash hauling and transfer station in a transaction that will help both organizations provide better services to their local customers.
Arc GLOW provides innovative supports and services to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties. In doing so, the organization serves as a partner from birth until end of life helping each person reach their desired participation in the community, receive employment, live on their own, and more.
More than 20 years ago, the Arc of Genesee opened its trash center to fill a need for the City of Batavia, help create jobs, and produce a positive revenue stream for the organization. Since then, it has become increasingly difficult for Arc GLOW to operate its trash and recycling services due to increased costs of operation and stronger regulations on the industry.
“We’ve truly appreciated having the citizens of Batavia as our customers. They have been amazing advocates for our organization and the people we support, and we believe that this new partnership with Casella will help Arc GLOW focus on its core values and allow our organization to meet the needs of the people we serve in a financially sustainable way,” said Martin Miskell, Arc GLOW CEO.
Casella will continue operations utilizing the existing Arc GLOW property and staff on West Main Street in Batavia, including the Transfer Station which will be operated by an Arc GLOW work enclave with the same familiar faces that customers have been accustomed to seeing.
Casella, which has successfully implemented similar innovative employment programs through partnerships with other organizations such as Goodwill Northern New England, provides sustainability services including trash and recycling collection to area residents and businesses.
“We’re proud to be a strong community partner in Batavia and believe that the work that has been done by Arc GLOW over the years is inspirational and aligns well with our core values,” said Casella Chairman and CEO, John W. Casella. “Casella was established nearly 50 years ago, and we believe that growing and supporting our people so that they can provide outstanding service to our customers and their communities is central to everything we do.”
Arc GLOW intends to use the funding from the acquisition to invest in its programs and services to help meet the needs of the people and families they support. According to Miskell, this has become a challenge in recent years. “In a field where our funding is consistently being squeezed, this injection of capital will position our organization for the future. We are evaluating every program and service we provide to ensure we are meeting the needs of the people in our community. I encourage every parent, family member, or community member to reach out if there is a specific need that we need to reach.”
Current Arc GLOW customers will be contacted directly with more information on what the acquisition means for them, and both organizations feel that customers will experience very little, if any change in their current service.