JERSEY SHORE Continuing a business that his father began more than 40 years ago, Darin Hamm has built Fred Hamm Disposal Inc. into a successful company that cares about its employees.
Hamm's father, Fred, began what was then a recycling business, collecting cardboard around the area. But as it began to gain popularity and having integrated a garbage service into the company, it became a success.
"It just grew and grew and grew," Hamm said.
Darin Hamm, owner of Fred Hamm Disposal Inc., stands with one of 20 trucks the company uses to pick up garbage and recyclables.
The business was a three-truck operation in the 1990s, but has since grown to 20 trucks that serve Lycoming and Clinton counties. The company has expanded itself to aluminum and cardboard recycling services. Hamm took over the operation of the company in 1998, although he was part of it since he was a child.
The business serves residential, commercial and industrial customers with garbage and recycling disposal.
Hamm said his faith in the teachings of the Bible and Jesus Christ has allowed him to not only build a family atmosphere for his employees but to treat his customers with respect.
"I feel the most important thing that made us successful and grow rapidly I learned from the Bible, and that's caring about people," said Hamm, who studied business in college.
Hamm explained that throughout the years his company has made decisions not based on finances, but people.
"We make decisions to help people. We just kind of operate it by faith," he said.
And the care that Hamm feels for his customers is extended to his employees, as well.
"We care deeply for one another," he said of the family-like atmosphere between all employees.
Hamm said employees are able to come to him with problems they are experiencing outside of work and he looks to give them advice and help.
Hamm explained that the employees also make a connection with the communities they work in. Each employee works within the community they live in.
He said the company's size and care for their customers sets them a part from others in the same line of business.
And as needs change, Hamm said the company will do so as well.
"Our services are expanding as consumers' needs are," he said.