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July 31, 2014--The CFS Group, LLC, dba Container First Services, a subsidiary of Waste Services Industries, LLC, announced that it completed the acquisition of the assets of Mark Dunning Industries (MDI), Prince George, VA, effective August 1, 2014.

Container First Services (CFS) identified MDI, a hauling company located in Prince George, Virginia, as a great expansion opportunity for their current business plan.

“Mark Dunning has built a business with a similar service mission to CFS: to help our customers grow their businesses profitably, while achieving affordable sustainability,” said CFS’ Chief Operating Officer Tim Webb. “We appreciate the strong foundation he has established for us to utilize for expansion,” he added.

MDI will begin the transition to Container First Services this week. All current employees will remain in place. Current MDI customers should receive notice of the change in their monthly billing statements on August 1. New colors and logos will be visible on current equipment as early as Friday, and the commitment to CFS’ high quality of service and safety, ”Service first…just behind safety”, will be apparent immediately.

“We appreciate the opportunity to work together with MDI,” said Rob Guidry, Container First Services’ President and CEO. “CFS is looking forward to serving MDI’s customers. CFS’ leadership is home-grown, originally from this area, and we understand the waste and recycle business. Our primary focuses are on customer service, safety, and our community. We hope our new customers recognize and embrace our commitment to these ideals. Our sales representatives will be out in the community in the coming weeks to meet our new customers and welcome them to the CFS family,” he added.

Container First Services, based in Petersburg, Virginia, is a full-scale industrial, commercial, and residential waste and recycling services provider. CFS owns and operates the Tri-Cities Regional Recycle Center and Landfill, as well as CFS Disposal and Recycling Services of Lunenburg, and CFS, Rice. Container First Services is locally owned and operated, and is one of Central Virginia’s most experienced and leading providers of waste and recycling services.

 


 

April 23, 2014--Container First Services and the Tri City Regional Disposal and Recycling Services are expanding the footprint of their current disposal facility.  After months of design, engineering, bidding and construction, a 4.8 acre landfill expansion (a new cell) is nearing completion.  Construction began December 1, 2013 and is expected to be complete April 25, 2014 barring inclement weather. 

The DEQ has received the required design, survey, and testing information, as well as quality assurance documentation.   Tri City Regional Disposal and Recycling Services is hopeful for the receipt of the operational certificate from DEQ, and subsequent commencement of operations on or about May 5, 2014. 

The new cell is located to the right of the scale house, in front of the transfer station or material recovery facility (MRF), at the base of the existing landfill and active cells.  The expansion and addition of this cell will allow for faster, more efficient service times and easier access to the landfill. 

The opening of this new cell will cause changes in the existing traffic patterns, entering and exiting the landfill.    CFS asks our patrons to please alert your drivers to be vigilant with regard to these modifications.  We ask that they pay particular attention to new signage, and use caution as everyone becomes aware of the new surroundings.   Thank you for your continued patronage through this transformation and expansion of our facility.   We appreciate your use of Tri City Regional Disposal and Recycling Services and look forward to seeing you.

 


 

March 1, 2014 was the date of the Second Annual Dig Deep 12 Gala in honor and memory of Grayson Payne Austin, and What A Great Night it WAS!

The black tie optional event was held from 6pm-midnight at the Country Club of Petersburg, 1250 Flank Road in Petersburg.  Nearly 200 guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, a buffet and  beverages, a silent auction and live auction, a vocal performance by Sterling Austin, and dancing to the sounds of "Red Neck Pool Party".  For information on how to join us next year, or to make a donation, please click here to be redirected to the John Randolph Foundation's website.  We look forward to seeing you, and thank you for your continued contributions to, and support of, this worthy cause.

The Austin Family and Container First Services in conjunction with the John Randolph Foundation began Dig Deep 12 to fund scholarships in honor and memory of Grayson Payne Austin.  These scholarships ensure that Grayson's legacy of love for his family, and his love of life and sports will live on and be shared with generations to come.  Grayson was a rising star, a fifth grader a William A. Watson Elementary School in Prince George County when his life was cut short by a tragic boating accident on July 21, 2012.  At a young age Grayson had already established himself as a bright student and a true athlete with a passion for baseball and golf.  Grayson was often told by his father, a volunteer youth baseball coach in the county, to "Dig Deep 12, Dig Deep" on the baseball field.  Grayson did just that, as he proudly wore his #12 jersey. 

The event was a grand success last year with nearly 200 people in attendance, raising nearly $45,000 to begin the funding of an endowment to ensure that scholarships may be awarded in Grayson's memory for many years to come.  We have yet to compile the figures for 2014, but rest assured, it was a fantastic success. 

 


 

February 1, 2014--Container First Services of Petersburg is proud to begin commercial services at Fort Lee, Virginia.  In photo at left, front end load driver Garry Coleman provides service to containers on the inaugural day of the contract.

 


 

December 15, 2013.  Container First Services has named its employees of the year.  "These individuals exemplify the leadership qualities that we want all of our employees to strive toward," said Rob Guidry, CFS' President and CEO. 

Awards were given in five categories, with an overall "Employee of the Year" award being chosen from one of the category winners.  Employees were judged on their adherence to CFS' safety policy, their level of service, and the completeness of their work/paperwork. 

The category winners are:

  • Commercial Driver, Garry Coleman
  • Industrial Driver, Diante Bolling
  • Landfill Employee, Cary "Chief" Ferguson
  • Residential Driver/Helper, Dan Osteen
  • Support Services, George Tarr

The 2013 Employee of the Year is Cary "Chief" Ferguson.  "'Chief' is an asset to Container First Services in every respect.  He is a leader, he has an excellent work ethic, and he believes and follows CFS' policies and procedures.  This keeps him safe, ensures good, safe, timely service for our customers, and keeps us running efficiently and effectively," said Tim Webb, CFS' Chief Operating Officer.

In top photo at left, (left to right) President and CEO, Rob Guidry; Director of Finance, Chris Elko; CFS' 2013 Employee of the Year, Cary "Chief" Ferguson; and Vice President of Administration, Jeff Kraus.  In lower photo at left, (left to right) Industrial Driver, Diante Bolling; President and CEO, Rob Guidry; Director of Finance, Chris Elko; Landfill Employee and 2013 Employee of the Year, Cary "Chief" Ferguson; Residential Driver/Helper, Dan Osteen; Chief Operating Officer, Tim Webb; Support Services, George Tarr; Commercial Driver, Garry Coleman; and Vice President of Administration, Jeff Kraus.


 

October 15, 2013.  Container First Services has been chosen as the a WINNER of the Darden School of Business Annual Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards.  CFS was selected by former Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Taylor Murphy Jr. for the Chairman's Award.  The awards are named for his late father, Tayloe Murphy Sr.

“CFS is very proud to have been considered, and even more blessed to have been honored with such a prestigious award,” said Container First Service’s President and CEO Rob Guidry.  “As we grow, Container First will continue to give back to the challenged economic areas and communities of people that have helped to build our company and make it what it is today,” Guidry added.

Container First Services was one of thirteen Virginia businesses chosen as a finalist.  Just as all of the finalists, CFS has endured downturns and extenuating circumstance, overcome many challenges, and continued to grow; displaying economic hope in an area of Virginia that is most in need. 

Container First Services was in competition for one of five winning spots.  Finalists gathered at Darden’s Abbot Center to announce the Resilience Award winners at a special dinner, reception and award ceremony. 

In photos at left, VP of Administration, Jeff Kraus, President and CEO, Rob Guidry, and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Webb celebrate their Darden School of Business Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award win with the Darden School of Business Center's own Tayloe Murphy, and Rob Guidry receives the Chairman's award from Tayloe Murphy.

 


 

Lunenburg, VA.  CFS recently donated $10,000 to local volunteer fire departments for new equipment.  The money has been used to purchase a Blitzfire Portable Monitor, and to outfit needed equipment in ambulances and for responders. 

CFS' CEO and COO are both former firefighters and take safety seriously.  CFS appreciates the overall safety provided by volunteer organizations such as the fire and emergency squads in Lunenburg, Victoria and Kenbridge.

 


 

Rice, VA.  The CFS Group, LLC, dba Container First Services announced that it has completed the acquisition of the assets of Arena Trucking, September 10, 2013.  Container First Services (CFS) identified Arena Trucking, a hauling company located in Rice, Virginia, as a great expansion opportunity for their current footprint.

“Mr. Arena built a solid company in a great location,” said CFS’ Chief Operating Officer Tim Webb.  “We appreciate the strong foundation he has established for us to expand upon,” he added.

Arena Trucking will begin the transition to Container First Services this week.  All current employees will remain in place.  The community and current customers should begin to see new colors and logos, and the commitment to CFS’ high quality of service and safety, immediately: ”Service first…just behind safety.”   

“We appreciate the warm welcome we have received from the community,” said Rob Guidry, President and CEO.  “CFS is looking forward to serving the South-Central Virginia region as we have served our ‘home’ area, the Tri-Cities,” he added.

 


 

The County of Lunenburg is looking forward to the construction of a new concession stand and new male and female restrooms at Central High School's baseball and softball fields, thanks to a $30,000 donation from Container First Services.  The addition, slated for completion by the Spring 2014 season, will be a welcome upgrade for Central High's athletic facilities.  Previously, the school did not have a concession stand, and the athletic field bathroom facilities consisted of a port-o-let.   

Since the purchase of the Lunenburg landfill in February 2013, Container First Services has dedicated itself to making a difference in the community.  CFS has cleaned-up the landfill, is adding a recycling component, and has helped the County financially. 

Additionally, Container First Services is committed to an annual contribution of $50,000 within the Lunenburg community for public education/public safety purposes.  Container First Services is built on a strong foundation of community service and safety, and believes in giving back to the communities in which we do business.

To read the Kenbridge-Victoria Dispatch's article, click here.

In the photo at left, Container First Services Vice President of Administration, Jeff Kraus, Chief Operating Officer, Tim Webb, and President and CEO, Rob Guidry, present a donation to Lunenburg County Public Schools Director of Operations Charles Berkley and Superintendent Dora Wynn.

In photo at left, President and CEO, Rob Guidry, reviews plans for the new Central High School concession and bathroom facilities.

 


 

September 2013--Container First Services of Petersburg would like to announce we have merged with Regional Industries of New Jersey.  CFS is still locally owned and operated with the local management team of  Rob Guidry, President & CEO and Tim Webb, Chief Operating Officer.  The merger will be a transparent transaction for our customers and the areas we serve, and will enable CFS to acquire the needed capital to better serve the communities in our area.  

 


 

Container First Services partnered with the local Petersburg, Va, law enforcement, as well as City officials and the Virginia National Guard Counterdrug Task Force to support "Operation Renew".  Container First Services supported the operation, and its impact on the reduced crime in the City, with a contribution of $50,000 of in-kind disposal and recycling services.  

"Operation Renew" is a program established to reduce crime and blight within the City by removing properties known to have an association to drug trafficking.   Nearly 30 members of the Virginia National Guard Counterdrug Task Force spent two weeks in the City of Petersburg.  They were able to demolish more than 15 properties known to be nuisances.

In the photo at left, Container First Services President and CEO, Rob Guidry joins City officials, local law enforcement, and members of the National Guard as the last house in "Operation Renew" is about to be demolished.

 


 

August 1, 2013 marked another milestone for Container First Services.  President and CEO, Rob Guidry signed the contract to begin commercial services at Fort Lee, Virginia.  In the photo at left, Vice President of Administration, Jeff Kraus (left), and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Webb (right), look on as President and CEO Rob Guidry (center) signs the contract.

 


 

The First Annual Dig Deep 12 Scholarship Gala took place Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the CCP Country Club of Petersburg, and raised more than $45,000!  These funds benefit the scholarship program, ensuring that an annual scholarship will be awarded.

The Dig Deep 12 Scholarship Fund was established in January 2013 in honor and memory of Grayson Payne Austin.   The Austin family, Container First Services (CFS), and friends, established the fund to ensure that Grayson's incredible love of life and sports will be shared with many future generations.  The scholarship will assist the selected student athletes in Prince George County with their educational endeavors. 

In the photo at left, President and CEO, Rob Guidry is joined by Chief Operations Officer, Tim Webb and Vice President of Administration, Jeff Kraus. 

Contributions are accepted throughout the year by clicking here, and checking the box for "Dig Deep 12".

 


 

March 1, 2013, Container First Services became the City of Petersburg residential waste and recycling services provider.  Residents began receiving their new Petersburg "Crimson Wave" themed, curbside waste toters, and green recycle toters during the week of Feb. 25. Residential collection began March 7 & 8. For questions on waste collection please call the CVWMA waste hotline: (804) 425-0500.  For questions on recycle collection, please call the CVWMA recycle hotline: (804) 390-0900.

 


 

Beginning July 1, 2012, Container First Services became the Colonial Heights residential waste service provider.  Residents received new curb-side cans for their residential waste, and a new, local partnership was begun.

 


 

Container First Services was named the 71st Largest Solid Waste Firm in the June 2012 "Top 100" publication by Waste Age Magazine.

 


 

Container First Services received the 2011 IMPACT Award Winner from the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce! This prestigious award recognizes a local business that has made an impact on Greater Richmond region's economy, contributed to the community and their employees, and innovated industry. To read more about the award, click here.