SINCLAIRVILLE- Beichner Waste Services reopened its doors only nine months ago, but it has managed to acquire more than 200 customers, including Southern Tier Brewery, St. Bonaventure University and the North Harmony Transfer Station.
"We grew quicker than we thought," said John Beichner, one of the company's three owners.
The reason for this growth can be attributed to the business being known for better service and cheaper prices with the added bonus of it being locally owned. According to Cliff Wilkin, another owner of Beichner Waste Services, the waste service company is the largest locally owned commercial service in Jamestown and the second largest in the southern part of the county.
From left: John Beichner, owner; Lisa Vanstrom, incoming Chautauqua County legislator, D-15; Cliff Wilkin, owner; and John Runkle, Chautauqua County legislator, D-6.
P-J photo by Mallory Diefenbach
"We had a family business - we had that for many years," Beichner said. "We started out with one account, $35 per month. So, we started from zero. We took a big risk."
"I had left the industry myself back in 2008, and thought the idea was something that could be done," said Wilkin. "I worked with my other partners for about eight years prior to that. We just got together. We thought we could pull it off. We had some funds we had saved up, and we went to a bank, got some financing from the bank and just decided to go ahead and do it."
When the waste service company started in March it had only two trucks, and now the company commands three more. Beichner Waste Services' plans for expansion do not just stop there, however. While the business is located here in Chautauqua County, Beichner Waste Services has expanded to Cattaraugus County and has also acquired a license to do business in Pennsylvania.
"(We want to) just continue what we are doing," Wilkin said. "Maybe further into Pennsylvania, probably into the south of main cities because we got one side in Olean and one side in Jamestown."
"This country was founded on small business," said John Runkle, Chautauqua County legislator. "And to see a small group of guys just get together like this, and create this business and proliferate it, make it larger, make it successful is a wonderful thing."
While the business does service residential areas, it currently only does dumpsters; however, it is looking into possibly offering pick up. It hauls everything in-county as well, supporting the Chautauqua County Landfill.
Beichner has been in the area since childhood, and his family still lives on Route 380, where Beichner Waste Services is located. Nicknamed "Beichnerville" as a joke, the name stuck when the company created the first lawful landfill in the county.
Originally founded in 1963 by Theodore ''Bud'' Beichner, the company provided Western New York with all forms of waste removal services for two decades before Bud sold the company in 1989. Twenty-four years later, Bud's son, with Wilkin and Sean Dixon, reopened the business.
Beichner Waste Services can be contacted at 962-1020 for any inquiries.