Ohio’s ASAP Sanitary Services Is Proud to Serve a Huge Patriotic Event

The nation’s biggest D-Day reenactment draws thousands for a living history lesson that honors World War II veterans

Ohio’s ASAP Sanitary Services Is Proud to Serve a Huge Patriotic Event

Reenactors march during the event. ASAP Sanitary Services equipment is shown in the background

THE TEAM

ASAP Sanitary Services is located in Chardon, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Cleveland. The company has four full-time and one part-time route drivers, two full-time and one part-time delivery workers, and two full-time and one part-time office staff members. One of ASAP’s special events is a World War II reenactment called D-Day Conneaut, held in mid-August in Conneaut, about 50 miles east of Chardon. The team members who deliver and service the portable restrooms for the three-day event include Nathan Lee, Zeke Tanner, Keith Shaffer, Bill Medvec, Tom Hayes and Seth Swyers.

COMPANY HISTORY

Cristine Glass bought the company, formerly known as Clemson’s Portable Restrooms, in 2016 and changed the name to ASAP Sanitary Services. When she bought the company, it had about 600 portable restrooms. Now ASAP has about 1,400 units, and the company operates 10 trucks. It also offers septic pumping services. ASAP serves eight counties in a 60-mile radius from Chardon. Prior to purchasing the company, Glass ran a trucking company. Before that, she worked eight years in her family’s portable restroom and septic pumping business near Youngstown.

MAKING CONNECTIONS

There’s not much of a back story to how ASAP became the portable restroom provider for D-Day Conneaut. “We just bid it out,” Glass says. “They were happy with the product. They have sanitizers right inside the unit.” ASAP won the contract for the first time in 2017 and has been the portable restroom provider for the event for three years running. ASAP has also been the PRO for a bigger event, the Thunder Over the Valley air show in Youngstown, but that one isn’t held every year. D-Day Conneaut is usually the biggest event of the year for ASAP.

THE MAIN EVENT

D-Day Conneaut is the largest WWII and D-Day reenactment in the country and has become the largest gathering of WWII-era veterans in the U.S. The event is produced every year by D-Day Ohio, a nonprofit corporation, at Conneaut Township Park, on the shore of Lake Erie at the far northeast corner of Ohio. The event includes four recreated battle scenarios related to the invasion of Normandy, France, in 1944, including a simulated tank battle, an engagement at a crossroads, a battle for control of a bridge and, the signature event, an amphibious landing. A USO-style big-band concert is also part of the program. There are special events and honors for veterans, especially veterans of WWII and the Korean era. More than 1,400 reenactors participate in the battle scenarios, and most of them camp at the park for the entire weekend. Thousands of people, including veterans, families of veterans and others, attend the events on Friday and Saturday.

BY THE NUMBERS

ASAP provides 62 standard restrooms and 17 handicapped-accessible restrooms for D-Day Conneaut. All of the units are from Five Peaks. The standard units are Glacier models. The handicapped-accessible units are Summit models. The units are placed at three parking areas in Conneaut and at five or six different locations within the park. Since there is limited parking in the park itself, spectators have to park in remote lots and are shuttled to the events inside the park. The event draws more than 15,000 people on the days of the reenactments. ASAP starts to set up on the Wednesday before the event, which begins on Friday. Four vacuum trucks, each with units on the back and pulling either a 10-unit or 14-unit F.M. Mfg. trailer, have to make two trips each to get all the restrooms to the site, which is more than 45 minutes from Chardon.

KEEPING IT CLEAN

All of the units are pumped twice a day, morning and evening. ASAP uses four service trucks for D-Day Conneaut. “We take our big ones up there because of the number of units,” Glass says. The fleet used for the event was built out by Imperial Industries and includes the company’s newest truck, a 2020 International MV with a 1,500-gallon waste and 500-gallon freshwater aluminum tank and a National Vacuum Equipment blower. Also working the event are a 2018 International with a 1,500-gallon waste and 500-gallon freshwater aluminum tank and National Vacuum Equipment pump, a 2019 International CV with a 700-gallon waste and 300-gallon freshwater aluminum tank and National Vacuum Equipment pump, and a 2015 International TerraStar with a 1,100-gallon waste and 400-gallon freshwater aluminum tank and a Masport pump.

Because of the crowds, both in the parking lots and in the park, servicing the units twice a day is far from routine. “We need to have two teams go in — four guys, two per truck,” Glass says. “One is outside making sure the patrons are not going to get run over as we’re driving through. We block off our areas with caution tape to make sure we can service the restrooms properly.” Safety is a big concern, especially for the evening service in the park. “You have to be very, very careful to make sure everyone is safe.” Glass says. “We have to clear people off the road so you can get the truck through. Then we clear out that area and kind of block it off and guide people to the next set of portable restrooms until those units are clean.”

The restrooms are usually in groups of eight to 10 and sometimes more. Glass says a two-person team takes about 25-30 minutes to service a group of units. “They’ve all been trained by me,” she says. “Three out of four have been here a couple years and have been to the event ever since we took it over.”

FOLLOWING THROUGH

Although the reenactment scenarios are on Friday and Saturday, the event isn’t actually over until Sunday. On the last servicing on Sunday, ASAP workers can bring trailers to retrieve some of the units, but the rest don’t get picked up until Monday. This year’s event went off without any problems, Glass says. “Everything went really smooth. We didn’t have any issues at all.” 



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