Industry News - September 2019

Satellite | PolyPortables celebrates opening of plant expansion

Satellite | PolyPortables celebrated the grand opening of its plant expansion in Bristol, Indiana. The expansion added 120,000 square feet to the existing 120,000-square-foot building with outdoor storage and ample parking. The new addition is home to Satellite Suites restroom trailer manufacturing and the Central Distribution Center for portable restrooms. The team welcomed visitors from the U.S. Congress, county council, local council and various partners.

Portable restroom pioneer Clyde Sansom passes away

Clyde Brown Sansom Jr., age 89, passed away July 4. He was founder and owner of Johnny on the Spot, Able Industries, Synergy World Manufacturing and most recently, St. Louis-based Sansom Industries. 

In 1993, Sansom was the first recipient of the Portable Sanitation Association International’s Andy Gump Award, considered the portable sanitation industry’s highest honor. One portable sanitation professional receives the award annually at the PSAI Convention and Trade Show.

Jeff Wigley, past president, PSAI board of directors, notes in Association Insight, “Clyde was a successful, innovative and humble man.” Wigley considered him a mentor and says he was sold on the industry due to Sansom’s generosity and commitment to help others. He remembered the help Sansom gave him as he was starting in the portable restroom industry, inviting him to St. Louis to tour his then-company Johnny on the Spot. 

“He took his time to give me an overview of the industry and his desire to give the best possible service to his many customers. He was not above taking time out of his day to meet with a guy from Atlanta who was basically clueless about the portable restroom industry,” Wigley says. 

He was born in Bartow, Georgia, in 1930. He is survived by his wife, Sally, son Clyde B. “Mannie” Sansom III and his wife, Chantelle, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and four sisters. A private celebration of life was held on July 29 at Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory, Ballwin, Missouri.

Honey Bucket expands into Texas market

Honey Bucket Portable Restrooms entered the greater Austin market June 1 by acquiring B&L Portable Toilets based in Taylor, Texas. With yards in California, Oregon, Utah and Washington, the employee-owned company runs each location independently and with local employees. Honey Bucket offers restrooms, restroom and shower trailers, hand sanitizers, temporary fence, secure storage containers, and crowd barricades. 

Routeware acquires RouteOptix Management Systems

Routeware acquired Ontario-based RouteOptix Management Systems. RouteOptix Management Systems provides software for customer management, vehicle routing and billing. Routeware, which has traditionally focused on in-cab computers for municipal and for-profit fleets that handle solid waste, recycling, street sweeping and snowplows, gains an operation in Canada. It also adds complementary products and significant experience in areas including liquid waste disposal, hazardous waste, medical waste, scrap metal, oil recovery and document destruction. 


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