Wastebuilt Executive Spotlight: Ben Scheiner

Cal Franklin interviews

Wastebuilt Plant Manager Ben Scheiner

Ben Scheiner serves as the Plant General Manager for Wastebuilt in Winamac Indiana, home of the Galfab4W0A2500_WEB Roll-Off Hoist. He is a Manufacturing and Supply Chain leader with over 20 years of experience helping people and organizations achieve their maximum potential. He has worked as an Operational Consultant and Coach in Semiconductors, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Electronic Assembly. He has been the Plant Manager of the leading factory in its field in the world and Head of Operations for DeLaval’s Chemical Division. Ben holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA. He is a Chartered Engineer via the IET in the UK and a Chartered Fellow of CMI in the UK, he is a Certified Supply Chain Professional through APICS, the Association for Operations Management in the US. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. In his spare time he studies Spanish and volunteers in Spanish. Ben is the Pulaski County representative on the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board.

Franklin:   The accent is the first thing people notice about you. Tell us what brought you to the United States.

Scheiner:  A few years ago I was given the opportunity to relocate to Washington State to work as a Plant Manager for a factory making milking equipment. I have been a manufacturing professional for most of my career and the opportunity to manage a plant was too good an opportunity to pass up. I lived in the Pacific Northwest for 4 years and have been in the Midwest for the last 3.

Franklin:   How did you come to Wastebuilt and how has that experience been for you?

Scheiner:  I was recruited to help turn the Galfab facility (now Wastebuilt Winamac) into a modern world-class manufacturing unit. Once again – an opportunity too good to pass up. Change is always hard and the change process in Winamac is no exception but we have a superb team, both back office and in the shop. 2015 has been a great year and the team delivered amazing results. From a companywide perspective, Wastebuilt has grown both organically and through acquisition in the short time I have been a part of it – I think this is a great time to be a part of this company.

Franklin:   I read somewhere about your thoughts on the concepts of trust as it relates to the business product. Can you explain what you meant?

Scheiner:  I look at this from 2 key aspects. One aspect is from our customers’ perspective. They trust us to deliver a high quality product every time – improving that quality while delivering the growth we enjoyed in 2015 is a key focus of mine. The other aspect is in the relationship in the team – if I (we) can create an environment of trust where everyone pulls in the same direction, the team can achieve amazing results and ultimately the team wins.
Franklin:   I understand you’re married to a practicing Psychotherapist? Tell us about your family.

Scheiner:  I have been married to Tamara for 15 years, she is a South African from Cape Town. We have 9 year old twins – a boy and a girl – Gil and Noa, they were born in the UK but, unlike me, they have American accents. 9 is a great age where kids have a lot of cool and intelligent stuff to say. I think that being married to a Psychotherapist gives me a unique insight into what makes people tick and how to motivate via passion, compassion and understanding. As an engineer, I often see things in black and white, Tamara helps me to achieve a more complex and textured perspective.

Franklin:   You once told me that building the best quality product is the goal you want to achieve. Can you explain?

Scheiner:  The Galfab roll-off hoist has always been renowned as a quality product with innovative features. In 2015 we successfully met the challenge of maintaining and improving that quality while experiencing rapid growth. We do this via a combination of fixtures, checklists and testing. Every hoist goes through an engineering review before production starts and is tacked in a fixture to ensure consistent quality. Checklists are used throughout the process and we do a full functional test with a loaded container for every hoist. Once it is ready to go, the hoist goes through a multipoint final inspection by a dedicated team. However like you, I am a fan of the late, great Bear Bryant – who wanted “committed not contented” players – what we have achieved this year is merely the starting point for our next level of improvements.
Franklin:   You are the Pulaski County representative on the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board. Tell us about your work with the Board.

Scheiner:  The Board provides oversight and vision to all aspects for developing a workforce that is ready for future challenges. My involvement enables me to have a direct influence on that. Some of the reasons I enjoy working in Indiana include the importance placed on manufacturing and the innovative programs in place to connect the right people with the jobs we have. I really like being a part of that and being able to impact what the future workforce will look like. Being part of the Board has also enabled me to meet interesting and passionate people who I would not otherwise have met.

Equipment Maker GalFab to Retain Jobs, Create 20 More in Indiana

GalFab Acquisitions LLC, a waste equipment manufacturing company, is expanding operations in Winamac, Ind., and creating new jobs, the state said.

GalFab Acquisitions recently acquired the assets of GalFab Inc., which has operated in Winamac for the past 20 years. The new owner will invest $720,000 to lease, renovate and equip the former GalFab Inc. building.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is providing up to $700,000 in tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans.

GalFab Acquisitions is rehiring 65 current GalFab, Inc. positions and will create up to 20 new jobs over the next year, the state said.

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“With GalFab’s long standing history in Winamac, we look forward to continuing our commitment to success in this community,” said Greg Podell, CEO of GalFab Acquisitions, in a statement. “GalFab seeks to provide and design the highest quality product to lead the future of the waste industry, and Indiana has continued to provide a talented pool of workers and business environment to help us achieve this.”

GalFab makes roll-off hoists, roll-off containers, compactors, self-dumping hoppers and securement systems for the garbage, scrap and steel manufacturing industries.

GalFab is now part of Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions LLC, which recently purchased the company along with Stepp Equipment Co., which provides equipment distribution to the waste and recycling industries.

Podell created Wastebuilt with the financial backing of Millbrook Capital Management, a New York City-based private investment firm.

Wastebuilt also has named Jerry Samson as vice president of sales and marketing. Samson, most recently, lead the sales group at Liberty Tire Recycling, the company said.

Source: Jim Johnson, Waste & Recylcing News

Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, LLC Appoints Jerry Samson as Vice President of Sales & Marketing

CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwire – Jan 14, 2013) – Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, LLC (Wastebuilt), a distributor and manufacturer of equipment, parts, and services for the waste and recycling industry, announced today that it has appointed Jerry Samson as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Mr. Samson joins Wastebuilt with more than 20 years of experience in the waste industry. Prior to joining Wastebuilt, he served 12 years in senior management roles at Waste Management and was also Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Wastequip. Most recently, Mr. Samson led the sales group at Liberty Tire Recycling.

“Wastebuilt is committed to creating a senior management team that can grow our business and be relentless in customer service,” said Greg Podell, CEO of Wastebuilt. “Jerry brings a wealth of experience and leadership to our sales organization and has a successful track record in the industry.”

“I’m extremely pleased to be moving to this new, exciting role within Wastebuilt,” said Samson. “I look forward to providing our customers with outstanding service and contributing to the company’s long-term success.”

About Wastebuilt

Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, LLC (Wastebuilt) was created in 2012 as a vehicle for entering the waste and recycling industry. Wastebuilt recently acquired Stepp Equipment Company, which specializes in the refuse, scrap and recycling industry, and Galfab, Inc., a manufacturer of various products for transportation in the garbage and scrap industry. Wastebuilt’s mission is to provide its customers with world class distribution of equipment, parts, and services supported by manufacturing facilities. For additional information, please call 708-458-7800.

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Millbrook Capital Management Inc. Enters The Waste and Recycling Equipment Industry with Two Acquisitons

NEW YORK – January 7, 2013— Millbrook Capital Management Inc., a New York City-based investment firm led by John S. Dyson, announced today that it has created a new entity to enter the waste and recycling equipment industry. The new entity, Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, LLC (Wastebuilt), has acquired two companies: Stepp Equipment Company and Galfab, Inc. and is seeking similar acquisitions. These two companies have combined annual revenues of approximately $40 million. The purchase price was not disclosed.

“We believe that the national haulers, municipalities, dealers, distributors, and local haulers in the waste and recycling industry will benefit from a well-capitalized and customer-focused source for equipment, parts, and maintenance,” said Alan Rivera, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Millbrook Capital Management. “By combining a leading service, parts and distribution company with a high quality manufacturing company, we have drawn on the best of both worlds.”

Commenting on the news, Greg Podell, Wastebuilt CEO, said, “I am extremely excited about combining two experienced companies in the waste and recycling equipment industry. The experience and expertise these two companies bring to this industry are unmatched.”

“I am looking forward to being part of Wastebuilt,” said Don Galbreath, owner of Galfab Manufacturing. “After over 50 years in the industry, I cannot think of a better partner than Stepp Equipment. I am thrilled Wastebuilt brought us together.”

Ken Kozelka, Vice President and Co-Owner of Stepp Equipment, added, “This is a historic day for our company. We are moving onto the next chapter for Stepp Equipment.”
The two companies will continue to operate in their existing locations and offer a wide variety of products and services to their customers.

About Millbrook Capital Management Inc.
Millbrook Capital Management Inc., headquartered in New York City, specializes in private equity investments. The firm invests in buyouts, divestitures, and private transactions of lower middle-market manufacturing and business services companies. For additional information, please contact Alan Rivera at 212-586-4333.

About Stepp Equipment
Stepp Equipment specializes in the refuse, scrap and recycling industry. The company was established in 1959 by Jim Lambert Sr. and has grown to sell and service a large sector of the refuse industry in Northern Illinois, Northern Indiana, and Wisconsin. Stepp has offices in both Chicago and Metropolitan Milwaukee. For additional information, please visit www.steppequipment.com.

About Galfab
Galfab, based in Winamac, Indiana, is a manufacturer of cable roll-off hoists, single axle hook hoists, open top roll-off containers, packer receiver containers, self-contained compactors, self-dumping hoppers, and various other products for transportation in the garbage and scrap industry. For additional information, please visit www.galfab.com.

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Greg Podell
CEO, Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions
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843.655.8640

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