KITCHENER, Ont. — B.J. Bear Grain Co. has been purchased by Custom Ecology, a US-based waste hauler that was looking to expand its Canadian presence.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mableton, Ga.-based Custom Ecology is owned by private equity firm Kinderhook Industries. Prior to the recent purchase of B.J. Bear, Custom Ecology served the Greater Toronto Area with a 44-truck fleet based in Southeast Michigan.
B.J. Bear provides outsourced municipal solid waste hauling services to large commercial waste collection businesses and waste generators.
“We are excited to partner with Kyle Grundy, president of B.J. Bear, who brings 20 years of industry experience to Custom Ecology,” announced Craig Stafford, president and founder of Custom Ecology. “The acquisition of B.J. Bear will allow us to grow our customer base in the Greater Toronto Area and also allow us to provide intra-Canadian waste hauling to our existing customers.”
Rob Michalik, managing director of Kinderhook, added “Craig and his team have demonstrated a strong ability to identify, execute and integrate strategic acquisitions, which have expanded the company’s geographic footprint and enhanced its service offerings. B.J. Bear offers significant strategic value for Custom Ecology with its expansive service territory, exceptional management team and superior customer service.”