Industry News: April 2018

Catch up on the latest acquisitions, promotions and company milestones

Industry News: April 2018

Comforts of Home Services moves to new, larger facility

The owners of Comforts of Home Services, Brad and Cara Martin, have announced a move into a new, larger manufacturing facility in Aurora, Illinois. The building provides three times the production floor space of the prior building and additional room to bring on new employees. 

“This new facility gives us the space needed to support the increase in business the restroom trailer industry is experiencing, support opportunities for continued growth, and develop new innovative products and features — a core value I built this business on,” Brad Martin says. The family-owned business has three generations of the Martin family involved in day-to-day operations. 

Satellite Industries celebrates 60th anniversary

Sixty years have passed since Satellite Industries started with a small inventory of wooden restrooms in Minneapolis and the hope that portable sanitation would be a benefit to many others. Today the company supplies operators in more than 130 countries with Satellite Industries products to create safe, sanitary conditions in their communities.

The company began when Al Hilde left the Army in 1958 with a dream to create a business to provide private, sanitary restroom facilities in places where permanent bathrooms were not available. By the late 1960s, Satellite Industries was a well-established portable sanitation business in Minneapolis and beyond. In 1972, with the creation of the Tufway, a polyethylene portable restroom, sales grew quickly. By 1988, Hilde made the decision to focus solely on being a supplier of restrooms, trucks and deodorizers. 

At February’s Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show, Satellite Industries celebrated 60 years by giving away 60 gifts to operators as a thank-you for their continued business. Two commemorative T-shirts were also created, with images of older trucks and restrooms. The proceeds of the T-shirt sales were donated to Karibu Loo, a portable restroom business in Kenya run by children and young adults to help them pay for schooling.


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