By Leah Sander
WARSAW — Waste Management of Warsaw is better suited to serve its customers thanks to its new building.
The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce celebrated the improvement with a ribbon-cutting on Thursday, Nov. 4. The company is located at 2352 N. Boeing Road and the building provides a space to maintain the garbage collection and recycling company’s trucks.
“This is kind of the first step in a multiple-step process to getting us to non-emission vehicles and just limiting our footprint and going green, something that we preach and talk about a lot,” said Waste Management Area Director of Collection Operations Barry Bromley.
The Warsaw location will be getting 17 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks that will be more environmentally friendly. The new building is equipped to deal with those trucks.
“It’s exciting when a site goes to compressed natural gas because they’re cleaner and they’re quieter for the environment that we work in,” added Area Collection Manager Dan Henry. “And for the folks that have worked at Waste Management Warsaw, it’s just fun to see them get something new. They’ve earned it and they’re part of the community. A lot of the folks that work for us in Warsaw here have been born and raised here, so they have a lot of pride in this building and the work they do in town here.”
The Warsaw location currently employs 24 people with a few more positions needing to be filled. Waste Management has been in Warsaw for 35 years.
District Operations Manager Tom Brainard said the location serves 8,500 commercial customers and about 15,000 residential ones. Those are spread out in the cities and towns of Warsaw, Winona Lake, Leesburg, Pierceton, Milford, Syracuse, North Webster, Ligonier, Topeka, Cromwell, Columbia City, Churubusco, South Whitley, North Manchester, Silver Lake, Claypool, Etna Green, Mentone, Rochester, Fulton, Denver, Roann and Akron.