Winters Bros. Waste Systems of Westbury has purchased the Long Island operations of another waste company, Canada's Progressive Waste Solutions.
In a transaction that closed Sunday, Winters Bros. acquired all of Progressive's Long Island hauling operations, seven recycling operations and eight transfer stations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
With the acquisition, Winters' employment totals about 500 -- including about 260 on Long Island, up from 58, and the rest in Connecticut, said Winters manager Will Flower. "We kept almost all of the employees from Progressive," he said in an email, but said a few opted to transfer to Progressive's operation in New York City.
Winters also has moved its local headquarters from Bohemia to what had been Progressive's local headquarters in Westbury.
With the acquisition, Winters will have an additional 20,000 customers, about double the total before the deal, and more Long Island municipalities, Flower said.
Based in Toronto, Progressive says on its website that it is one of North America's largest full-service waste management companies, doing business in 13 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and six Canadian provinces.
Winters originally owned Progressive's Long Island operation and sold it to Progressive in 2007, as Progressive was making acquisitions throughout the United States. Winters kept its headquarters on Long Island but operated elsewhere, including Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, and parts of Connecticut.
Last year, Winters re-entered the Island market with the purchase of Detail Carting, changing the name to Winters Bros.