Burgmeier's Hauling has bought all the residential and the "rearload" commercial container accounts in Blair County from Waste Management, effective July 1.
Burgmeier's will add 2,500 customers through the purchase, bringing its total to 25,500 customers in six Pennsylvania counties, western Maryland and eastern West Virginia, according to company controller Steve Kasun.
"It's a good opportunity to expand our customer base," Kasun said. "It fits very nicely with our existing customers and routes."
The transaction will help both companies operate more efficiently in Blair County, said Erika Deyarmin, western Pennsylvania spokeswoman for the Houston, Texas, based Waste Management Inc., which calls itself the "largest environmental solutions provider in North America."
Deyarmin expressed the commercial component of the sale differently than Kasun, saying the only commercial accounts sold were those along Waste Management's residential routes.
"We will still operate eight to 10 trucks per day in Blair for commercial business," Deyarmin said.
The sale of the Blair County accounts is not part of a divestment effort by Waste Management, Deyarmin said.
Burgmeier, the largest Blair County hauler, has about one-fourth of the county's trash business, while Waste Management is among the top five, according to John Frederick, executive director of the Intermunicipal Relations Committee, which operates recycling programs in the county.
At one time, Waste Management was the second biggest residential hauler in Blair, Frederick said.
The sale is the second time the company has divested itself of its residential customers here, Frederick said.
"They obviously decided residential collection was more of a challenge than it was worth" in this area where private subscription prevails, Frederick said.
The company has one-hauler contracts with municipalities all over the northeastern U.S., he said. "That's their business model."
In helping Burgmeier's gain a larger market share, "there's hope it will improve efficiency and stabilize long-term price trending" in Blair, Frederick said.
Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.