Women-Owned Small Business Stations 50 Portable Toilets at Beer Festival

With clean, fresh service on tap, Florida’s Allied Portables gives Oktoberfest visitors a reason to celebrate.
Women-Owned Small Business Stations 50 Portable Toilets at Beer Festival
Robin Youmans, owner of Allied Portables LLC, provided a wide variety of portable sanitation equipment to one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in the U.S.

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THE TEAM

Robin Youmans operates her business, Allied Portables LLC, out of a 4-acre facility in Fort Myers, Fla. She has a partner, Connie Adamson, for this woman owned and operated portable restroom business, although Adamson is not involved in day-to-day operations.

The company has 16 employees – two in the office, one operations manager, two yard people and 11 drivers. The primary participants in the Oktoberfest event were head driver Perry Brister, driver Jon Vass and attendant and yard person Mindy Jones.

COMPANY HISTORY

Youmans began her career in the portable sanitation industry working as a sales manager for a restroom company – “But I wanted to go out on my own and have my own business,” she says. In 2009 she and Adamson did just that, buying 100 PolyJohn Enterprises PJN3s, 100 PolyPortables Inc.

Integras and two vacuum trucks (2009 Ford F-550s outfitted by Progress Vactruck with 950-gallon waste/450-gallon freshwater aluminum tanks and Masport Inc. pumps). Within eight months they expanded operations by purchasing a portable restroom company in the area and have since acquired four others. As a result, their current inventory stands at 2,200 units in a variety of brands. “I have everything from PolyJohn to PolyPortables and Satellite. And we’ve got every color including pink,” Youmans says. They’ve also got three Wells Cargo restroom trailers – a two-stall, a three-stall and a 10-stall.

Today the company has 11 service vehicles (from Lely Manufacturing Inc., Progress Vactruck and Abernethy Welding & Repair Inc.) and four pickup/delivery trucks. They serve nine counties in a 170-mile strip along the Florida’ Gulf Coast and go 85 miles inland. About 7 percent of their work is for special events, 63 percent construction and 30 percent agriculture. “We do a lot of farms which is what makes the route so large,” Youmans says. “So we use that to also solidify the construction in those areas.”

MAKING CONNECTIONS

Youmans aggressively solicited the Oktoberfest event in 2010. “I met with them, they liked me, liked my attitude and my equipment,” she says. She won the bid but says the final decision wasn’t based on price, it was based on service. “I explain how we’re better and how we’re different and that’s what gets me the jobs,” she says. This is the company’s fourth year servicing this event.

THE MAIN EVENT

Schnitzel, sauerbraten and bratwurst were among the popular accompaniments to the free-flowing imported German and domestic beers – 700 kegs – at the 28th annual Oktoberfest sponsored by the German American Social Club of Cape Coral, Fla. The event took place in the Club’s Bavarian Garden on their 25-acre facility the weekend of Oct. 18-20, 2013 and again the following weekend. Over 34,000 visitors enjoyed food, dancing and nonstop music on three stages, including a band from Germany, Zimmerer Kapelle. There was also a carnival, arts and crafts booths, a 5k run and Tot Trot and a raffle for four round-trip tickets to Germany. Contests ranged from the serious (polka) to the fun (chicken dance) to the comical (beer mug holding)

BY THE NUMBERS

The company supplied 50 PolyPortables Integras. The brand new units were in a grass green color. “I went with that color for two reasons,” Youmans notes. “One, it blends in with most special events with the grassy area and, two, no one in southwest Florida has that color.” They also provided five PolyPortables ADA-compliant Senators and six Super Twin and Tag Along hand-wash stations. Units were placed in three locations around the event grounds.

For the men they also brought in two PolyJohn Men’s Rooms, and for the women a two-stall Wells Cargo restroom trailer placed near the main tent. “The Club requested the trailer,” Youmans explains. “It gives women an option to have something a little nicer to use.” Six 300-gallon holding tanks from PolyJohn Enterprises and Kentucky Tank were used for trailer overflow and for the Men’s Rooms.

LET’S ROLL

Using three homemade 14-unit hauling trailers, the company delivered equipment to the site on the Wednesday before the Friday night opening. Everything remained in place after the first weekend for use the following weekend, and then was removed the Monday after.

KEEPIN’ IT CLEAN

Team member Jones, wearing company shirt and hat, was on site during the entire event ensuring that units were stocked, clean, looking good and working right. “I don’t do large events without an attendant,” Youmans says. “My name’s on the door and I’m very particular that restrooms are clean and adequately supplied. It’s the best money you can spend.” She also thinks when a restroom is clean people have a tendency to keep it that way.

Using bleach and J & J Chemical Co. products, the company cleaned and pumped units each day around midnight after the crowds left. The final cleaning for the first weekend was on Monday, then units were prepped again on Thursday for the following weekend – “Just to make sure, just in case any of the people used them,” Youmans says.

Two vacuum trucks were used, both 2006 GMC C7500s built out by Lely Manufacturing Inc. with 1,400-gallon waste/600-gallon freshwater aluminum tanks and Masport Inc. pumps.

ANOTHER SUCCESS

The event went smoothly for the team and Youmans wasted no time meeting with organizers afterwards. “I spoke to them Sunday evening when it was over,” she says. The client was quite satisfied and looking forward to Allied returning next year. “They know we take care of things.”

Creating happy customers is always a major focus for the company. “I have complete client satisfaction in mind at all times, whether it’s billing, service or anything,” Youmans insists. “I am on top of it constantly.”

MORE INFORMATION

Abernethy Welding & Repair, Inc. - 800/545-0324 - www.abernethywelding.com

J & J Chemical Co. - 800/345-3303 - www.jjchem.com

Kentucky Tank, Inc. - 888/459-8062 - www.kentuckytank.com

Lely Manufacturing, Inc. - 800/334-2763 - www.lelyus.com

Masport, Inc. - 800/228-4510 - www.masportpump.com

PolyJohn Enterprises - 800/292-1305 - www.polyjohn.com

PolyPortables, LLC - 800/241-7951 - www.polyportables.com

Progress Vactruck - www.progressvactruck.com

Satellite Industries - 800/328-3332 - www.satelliteindustries.com



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