Thoroughbred Service

What started as an emergency service call for Emil Norsic & Son turned into a 30-year working relationship with the Hampton Classic Horse Show
Thoroughbred Service

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THE TEAM

Skip Norsic is the third generation to run Emil Norsic & Son Inc., a portable sanitation, roll-off container and septic-pumping business on Long Island, N.Y. Seven of his staff of 64 are dedicated to portable sanitation, which accounts for about 20 percent of their work. In addition, two people in the office coordinate restrooms for special events and construction. He has two locations in Southampton, N.Y., one a corporate office, the other a storage yard. And four years ago he built a 20,000-square-foot building 15 miles away in Riverhead, N.Y., to store equipment and to operate vehicles out of during winter.

 

COMPANY HISTORY

The business started with Norsic’s grandfather, Emil, in 1932. Working on an estate as a caretaker, he noticed garbage pickup service was erratic, which gave him the idea for the new business. He bought an existing garbage company and a septic service truck. His son, Emil, joined him in 1945 and took over in 1962. By 1969 the third generation Emil (called Skip by his grandmother) came onboard. The area around the Hamptons started to grow as wealthy landowners built lavish second homes. That’s when Skip Norsic added portable restrooms; the company has 1,000 units today and 11 restroom trailers.

 

MAKING CONNECTIONS

It was 30 years ago when Skip Norsic’s father received a frantic call to serve the Hampton Classic Horse Show when another contractor failed to show up to pump out 60 campers. “We didn’t have a portable restroom truck at the time so we cleaned them with the septic truck,’’ Norsic recalls. “We didn’t have the right hookup. It was horrible, but we got it done.” The event organizers were so impressed that they asked for a three-year bid on the spot. Three years expanded into 30 — with one exception.

“In 1993, somebody on the board thought they should get competitive bids,” Norsic explains. The low bidder got the job, but things didn’t go so well. “After the show was over, the director sent a letter and drew a stick figure on their knees with their hands in prayer position, saying, ‘Please forgive us, we will never stray again. Please take us back.’ Ever since then, they’ve never questioned anything as far as price goes because they know they’re going to get good service.”

 

THE MAIN EVENT

The Hampton Classic, a world-class horse jumping competition held in Bridgehampton, N.Y., is the social highlight of the summer season. The 2010 event, held Aug. 29 through Sept. 5, was the 35th year for the competition. About 50,000 spectators watched 1,600 horses compete for $600,000 in prize money. There were also boutique shopping, seminars, and kids’ activities. Among the high-profile list of attendees were Madonna, Christie Brinkley, Kelly Ripa, Matt Lauer and Rudy Giuliani.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

The company placed 50 dark green PolyJohn Enterprises Corp. standard Fleets with hand sanitizers, 20 Fresh Flush Fleets with built-in sinks, and five ADA-compliant units. These were placed in heavy traffic areas such as parking lots, food stands and grandstands.

They also supplied 10 restroom trailers including the Presidential from Advanced Containment Systems Inc. (ACSI), the Royale, Oasis and Dooley from Ameri-Can Engineering, and their two new company-designed units built by ACSI. These latest purchases were the 24-foot Entourage with bamboo interior and the 28-foot Estate. Both have four women’s stalls, two men’s, and feature marble sinks, touchless fixtures, and high-end accessories.

Two trailers were placed near the grandstands for the general public, the smaller Dooley was located at the main office for event personnel, and the others were set up in VIP areas.

 

LET’S ROLL

Using a 2008 Chevy 2500 pickup truck with an Ameri-Can Engineering Toter trailer, 30 units were dropped off Aug. 23 for construction crews. The rest were delivered the day before the event to a central location. Event personnel then forklifted them to desired locations and provided the company with a map. Restroom trailers were brought in on Aug. 31.

Removal was started the day after the event. Twenty units were left on site for three weeks for the tear-down crew.

 

KEEPIN’ IT CLEAN

The company came in every day to clean the 30 units placed early. But when the event started, one service truck remained on site at all times and two more were brought in each evening. These were a 2005 and two 2007 Kenworth T300s with 800-gallon waste/200-gallon freshwater stainless steel tanks. For access to tight spaces, the company used a 2004 GMC TopKick with a 400-gallon waste/200-gallon freshwater steel tank.

They also used two 4,000-gallon stainless steel septic trucks — a 2006 Volvo and a 2007 Kenworth — to pump restroom trailers, private motor homes, and eight on-site trailers, and to transfer waste to the Riverhead treatment facility. The company’s vacuum truck fleet was built out by Coleman VTM Corp. and has Masport pumps.

Three uniformed technicians equipped with walkie-talkies and golf carts loaded with paper supplies and Walex cleaning products stayed on site during the event for continuous cleaning, checking and restocking of the restroom trailers. “We’re very particular,” Norsic says. “We’re really on top of making sure everything is spotless. Even behind the toilet bowl.”

 

WEATHER OR NOT

Although the company’s been serving this event for decades, workers take nothing for granted and have learned to be ready for anything. The one bit of excitement in 2010 was the weather — or at least the threat of it, as Hurricane Earl came close to forcing cancellation of the whole affair. Organizers took the precaution of rescheduling events, removing a number of horses from the site on Friday night and putting contractors on standby for possible evacuation. In the end, the storm didn’t arrive, the horses returned, and the event went off without a hitch.



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