Certain things you cannot just throw away. Other items can be cleaned and used multiple times. Various companies provide these services for restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and the like, lowering costs for customers and keeping hazardous materials out of public waste facilities. One such company, Swisher Hygiene
Who is he?
Wayne Huizenga co-founded Waste Management
This practice of buying smaller competitors to grow and expand would continue after he bought into Swisher in 2004, purchasing a majority stake in the company from founder Patrick Swisher for $8.1 million. Huizenga and his business partner Steve Berrard spent the next year buying out most of the remaining stockholders and took the company private. Last year, seeking capital to expand, Swisher merged with CoolBrands International, providing them with the cash needed to help the company grow. Since going public, Swisher has purchased 55 companies in total, rebranding them all under the Swisher Hygiene name.
Room for further growth
Similar to the growth history of Waste Management, Swisher plans to continue its growth by purchasing small mom-and-pop operations across the country. Huizenga thinks that the commercial cleaning industry as a whole is worth upward of $25 billion and that Swisher can carve out a big hunk of that pie. Due to its size, Swisher can't compete against the likes of Ecolab
Beyond restaurants and hotels, there are other industries that need specialized removal services. Biomedical waste produced by hospitals, blood banks, and other similar facilities needs to be removed and disposed of safely. Swisher does service these types of facilities, but also faces competition from much larger Stericycle
Although the company is not expected to be profitable until next year, things look promising at Swisher Hygiene. Since it's led by an industry-tested veteran, we can expect Swisher to become a competitor in the multibillion-dollar commercial cleaning industry. Follow all the exciting developments by adding Swisher Hygiene to your free watchlist today.
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