A Great Bend Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting was recently held to celebrate the successful opening of Stone Waste Management LLC. The new business opened Jan. 1 at 421 Washington, becoming a sister company to Stone Sand Company Inc.
Owner and manager Nelson Stone purchased the company from Burton Waste Management in November 2010 after working with the previous owner, Kevin Burton, on projects for many years, he said.
“Burton started the company 11 years ago from scratch and grew the company to 33 boxes,” Stone said. “We’d been friends for years and worked together on many projects. Last year, we started discussions to buy the company and finalized the purchase around Thanksgiving.”
Stone sees opportunities for growth with his new company. “We just about doubled the business in size in the first three months with the number of containers we have available,” he said. “We have vast resources in other businesses to work with here, and the new business ties into our main company, Stone Sand.”
His new company’s base is Barton and surrounding counties, and so far its service has extended to within 100 miles. “We will travel anywhere in the state for emergency scenarios,” he added.
The open-top containers are offered in volume sizes of 10, 14, 20 and 30 yards. A wide range of customers can use this service, from those who need it for just one day to clean out a garage to commercial applications needing it year-round. “We dump the containers, daily, weekly or monthly depending on what the need is,” Stone said.
The containers can be used for clean-up, recycling, demolition work, fire-damage clean-up or house renovation. Those jobs come from commercial, industrial and residential sources.
“We’re more than happy to provide this service statewide,” Stone said. “Our goal is to provide the best service we possibly can to everyone who needs it and have our name out there with a reputation for good work.”
Stone Waste Management currently has two commercial drivers. With both companies, Stone employs more than 20 workers. Stone has managed the family-owned Stone Sand Company since 1991, but even before that time, he grew up working with his father in the business.