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Craft Equipment Purchases American Waste Control

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Craft Equipment Company, a Southern states regional material handling equipment, waste reduction and construction specialty equipment distributor, announced August 1st their purchase of American Waste Control of Florida (AWC). Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale. The acquisition of AWC will further strengthen Craft’s operations in the four southernmost counties of Florida, including Miami.

Established in 1971, Craft Equipment has grown into a leader in the material handling, waste reduction and construction specialty industries throughout the Southeastern United States. Operating in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, Craft’s vast product line and expertise customize solutions to a wide range of applications.

American Waste Control, directed by President John Sobota, began operations in Florida in 1997 after relocating from New York. The company is known in South Florida for the sales, service and installation of all waste reduction equipment, including balers and compactors.

“Our association with Craft will take AWC to the next level,” said Sobota, who has become Vice President of Waste Reduction company-wide for Craft Equipment Company. “Providing us with additional buying power, new economies of scale, and will allow us to offer customers a wider variety of services.”

Sobota also said that AWC customers will now have access to Craft’s 24/7 service operations, increasing customer’s efficiency and productivity.

“This acquisition will benefit both companies,” said Craft’s President and CEO Donald L. Mays Jr. “American Waste Control, under John Sobota’s leadership, brings to Craft special skills that will enhance our effectiveness in the Miami market, and Craft will bring to AWC our expertise and the ability to service other types of equipment.” He added: “As a team, we’ll be able to offer customers a full line of waste reduction and material handling equipment services with one phone call.”

With Craft’s background in waste reduction products, the partnership between these two environmentally savvy companies will strengthen waste control management in the area.
“We’ll now be able to offer customers in South Florida the best services available in both industries,” said Sobota.

Customers can expect a seemless customer service and accounting transition to Craft Equipment Company. For more information on Craft or for questions regarding the purchase of AWC, visit their website at or call 800/888-4971.

Craft Equipment Company is a full-service, waste reduction, material handling and construction specialty equipment distributor headquartered in Tampa, FL. The company is privately held and was founded in 1971. It was purchased last year (2012) by one of its long time employees and previous 15-year partner, Don Mays. Currently the company provides equipment and services for over 14,000 customers throughout an eight state area. The company plans for continued growth throughout the South. Craft Equipment employs over 80 people to assist with consultation, customer service, installation and aftermarket parts and services.

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