Growing a Portable Restroom Company from Scratch

Idaho couple builds company while also learning about the industry, tackling all the little bumps in the road head-first.
Growing a Portable Restroom Company from Scratch
Bear Necessities employees, from left, Randy Spencer, Lauraine Drown, Andy Drown and David Dewhirt, in front of the company’s Peterbilt 330 with a 750-gallon waste/350-gallon freshwater steel tank (Crescent Tank Manufacturing). The truck also has a Masport vacuum pump. (Photos by Drew Nash)

Truth be told, Andy Drown didn’t know what to expect when he and his wife, Lauraine, bought Bear Necessities Portable Restrooms in 2009 in Burley, Idaho. At that point in his career, he was unemployed and the business appeared to be a solid investment amidst a struggling economy...

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