In the Press

Roanoke Solid Waste Crews Continue to Clear Debris – July 2012

After recent heavy storms, the City of Roanoke, VA uses Petersen equipment to clear debris and get routine waste collection back on schedule. Check out the video to see Roanoke’s Lightning Loader® in action!

Lake Wales-Based Manufacturer Petersen Industries Gets New Owners

By Kevin Bouffard
Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10:08 p.m.

HAINES CITY | Ownership of Petersen Industries Inc., a 56-year-old Lake Wales truck manufacturer, has been passed to a new generation, including the founder’s son, Sam Petersen.

Petersen and Casey Hardee, formerly the private company’s national accounts manager since February 2011, purchased Petersen Industries for an undisclosed price in a stock deal effective Tuesday, according to a press statement released Wednesday.

Both are equal partners, and Hardee will serve as president while Sam Petersen, 28, son of late founder John Petersen, took the post of vice president of sales and marketing.

“When it’s a family business, it’s hard to give up,” said Nancy Rathbun, John Petersen’s widow and the former president, who ran the company with her husband, Lee Rathbun.

Both have retired, but Nancy Rathbun said she would keep her office at the company’s plant at 4000 State Road 60 W. for an indefinite period of time to work as an adviser.

When the Rathbuns decided to sell their Petersen Industries stock, they rejected other options, such as selling to a competitor or a venture capitalist, she said.

“All those options would have been bad for the community and bad for the employees,” Nancy Rathbun said. “We’re very happy the new owners are part of the community.”

MSW Management’s Product Showcase Nov/Dec 2011



Petersen Industries Inc., a manufacturer of grapple trucks and bulky waste collection systems, introduces its newly designed Crab attachment, which enhances the capabilities and features of Petersen’s prior design. Exclusive to Petersen Industries, the Crab is an interchangeable device attached to the end of the grapple truck boom that enables the truck operator to pick up and transport commercial waste containers from a control platform located directly behind the chassis cab. The new design is compatible with all waste containers that meet ANSI Z245.60 specifications and has a lift capacity of 7,100 pounds. Adding versatility to the attachment, Petersen’s new design also incorporates lifting rings for connecting chains to assist when lifting rear-load containers, compactors, or other items.

Florida City Cuts $20,000 from Budget

The City of St. Augustine, Fla., is no stranger to the economic realities of government agencies nationwide: finding creative ways to maintain services, increase revenue, and enhance the stability of budgets.

Automated Collection Goes to Work

Efficiency decreased costs in Worker’s Compensation and labor, increased recycling efforts, and more aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods on trash pickup day are the primary reasons why more solid waste managers are pleased with the results they’re getting from automated collection systems.

In the year that Bay City, TX, has automated its solid waste collection, the city has saved $200,000 in labor costs.

Automating Bulk Trash Collection with Grapple Trucks

Thirty years ago, Rochester, NY, collected its bulk trash the old-fashioned way—with a six-wheeled open truck, a driver, and three laborers who picked up whatever was left at the curb by heaving it over their shoulders into the truck bed.


Pumping Up for Bulky Waste

Not all trash is small, fitting into a can, cart, or bag. Dead shrubs or tree limbs can be heavy; furniture and appliances wear out and are discarded. With this year’s digital TV transition, more haulers are seeing various-sized analog televisions at the curb—which, unlike some furniture and white goods, are not snapped up by scroungers before trash pickup.