Waste Management constructing facility in Hardeeville
A new Waste Management facility utilizing compressed natural gas (CNG) expected to begin construction in Hardeeville last month with hiring expected in July 2018, according to a Dec. 27 company press release. The company currently has a facility in Ridgeland that has been in operation for over 20 years, according to company officials.
The new business will be at Riverport Business Park, as reported in the Jasper County Sun Times last week. The company will create 53 new jobs and invest $23 million at the 25,000-square-foot facility, to be located on Highway 17, just off I-95 at Exit 5.
“Potential jobs associated with the new site include CDL Rolloff, Residential, and Commercial Drivers as well as maintenance technicial roles at pay rates that are very competitive with the local market,” Marla Prince, Waste Management Senior Community Relations Specialist said last week.
Prince said employees will also receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes a 401(k) with generous company match and vesting provisions.
“This state of the art facility is a very exciting project for Waste Management, the Lowcountry, our employees and our customers,” Tracey Shrader, Area President for Waste Management said. “Waste Management’s commitment to Jasper County and the entire Lowcountry as well as our customers in South Carolina and Georgia, has never been stronger.”
The city of Hardeeville, following recent news of developments planning on making the city home, was pleased with the announcement.
“Hardeeville is proud to welcome Waste Management as the city’s newest business landowner,” Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams said. “We are honored to have this nationally-known, industry leader choose Hardeeville as their new home. We are excited that high-quality companies like Waste Management recognize the market potential of Hardeeville and are investing capital to be part of our growth.”
Shrader said Waste Management continues to be a leader in their industry by investing in CNG infrastructure and trucks fueled by CNG.
Pursuing carbon footprint reduction, Waste Management’s Hardeeville facility will boast an entire fleet of new trucks, all of which operate using CNG instead of diesel fuel. The facility will also serve as a CNG fueling station for the fleet. Waste Management’s Hardeeville project received funding in partnership with the Center for Transportation and the Environment in Atlanta as a part of a competitively selected U.S. Department of Energy cost-shared award for its focus on using CNG.
“For every diesel truck we replace with natural gas, we reduce our use of diesel fuel by an average of 8,000 gallons per year along with a reduction of 14 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year,” Shrader said. “Our vehicles powered by CNG emit nearly zero particulate emissions, cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent, and are quieter than diesel trucks. These are exciting times for Waste Management and our partners in Jasper County and beyond, and we look forward to our continued success working together.”
During a Dec. 21 called meeting of the Jasper County Council, council approved second reading on an ordinance authorizing a fee in lieu of taxes and incentive agreement between the county and Waste Management.
“Waste Management is a vital part of our industrial community and we thank them for expanding and creating 53 new jobs,” Jasper County Council and Jasper County Chamber of Commerce Chairman Marty Sauls said in the release. “We are proud to have this respected company investing in our community through quality jobs, revenue, philanthropy and civic support.”
Waste Management is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America and it serves more than 21 million municipal, commercial and industrial customers in the U.S. and Canada.