MAX Environmental Walks Away from Marcellus/Utica

In 2014 MDN reported that MAX Environmental, operator of the Bulger hazardous waste landfill in Smith Township (Washington County), PA since 1958, planned to expand the landfill by 21 acres in order to handle an increase of drill cuttings and even liquid waste (which they will turn to solid waste) coming from Marcellus Shale drilling (see New Landfill Expansion in SWPA Aimed at Marcellus Drillers). That happened and the landfill currently accepts Marcellus/Utica waste. Earlier this year, MAX sold itself to Altus Capital Partners–a private equity investment firm–for an undisclosed amount (see Pittsburgh-based MAX Environmental Purchased by Investment Firm). With the closing of the deal, MAX’s CEO/owner, William Spencer, rode off into the sunset and Bob Shawver was brought in as the new CEO. Shawver, while acknowledging it would have been “nuts” not to pursue business from the shale industry when it was going gangbusters, is “retooling” MAX–away from depending on the Marcellus industry. If the industry continues to pick up, Shawver won’t turn down business–but MAX will no longer be known and branded as a company in the oil and gas space. Shawver is rebranding the company, and going after customers that are the region’s “traditional bread and butter”–manufacturing, industrial facilities and construction…

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