Darrin Hamm has followed in his father's footsteps and is now the president of Fred Hamm, Inc. a Jersey Shore company that offers non-recyclable waste removal from homes and businesses.
The company's customer base covers a very large area, according to Darrin. "We go all the way from Centre County, north to Tioga County, South to Shamokin Dam, east to Picture Rocks to Milton," Darrin said. "We have thousands of customers."
The company's expansion happened quickly.
Shane Lewis, a garbage hauler for Fred Hamm Inc. prepares to board his truck and start his route. The company runs 13 trucks and services are large area.
"My father had most of the commercial and industrial properties in the Williamsport area," Darrin said. And from there the company picked up more and more customers and now services the large area it does today.
The services that the company offer include hauling garbage from residential and commercial properties along with providing dumpsters to landlords and large commercial sites.
Darrin can also provide dumpsters to people who are looking for them for a one time use, such as, if they are cleaning out a room in their home.
The company now has 18 employees that do everything from hauling trash, to fixing the trucks to answering phones.
The company runs 13 trucks and carries waste to the Lycoming County Landfill and the Wayne Township Landfill.
When it comes to recycling, the facility has a recycling center on site that people can take advantage of.
"People can drop off cardboard and other items here," Darrin said.
Fred Hamm Inc. also caters to businesses when it comes to recycling. "Commercially, we give containers to businesses and then we empty them," Darrin said. "We collect cardboard and paper."
Because more and more businesses are "going green, Darrin said he has seen an increase on the recycling side of the business.
Darrin says his favorite part about his job is meeting his customers and making connections. "Especially in this industry, I get to meet everyone," Darrin said.
He said that essentially everyone is a potential customer, and it is nice to get out and meet those people.
"Residents, families and businesses are all customers," Darrin said. "One of my favorite parts of my job is hearing from customers about the satisfaction they have with our services. They are very appreciative."
The Fred Hamm Inc. garbage haulers are up every morning and begin their routes at about 3 a.m., no matter what the weather.
"I was talking with someone from Lycoming College and they said it was snowing and they were one of the only people on campus and they were offering their praises cause our truck was outside to pick up the garbage," Darrin said.
Darrin said he went to a week long seminar recently about the future of the business. "The future of the business is rooted in recycling," Darrin said. "Eventually my employees may be picking up less trash and more recycling."
The company was started by Darrin's father Fred, in 1968. He began the company with a pick-up truck and started hauling recyclables part time. Eventually he decided to make it his full-time job to haul recyclables.
Eventually Fred wanted to be a more diverse company, and decided to begin hauling trash too, which is what the company's main service is now.
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