A Family of Partnerships
Family-owned Business with Deep Industry Experience
As the name suggests, the company is a family business with a deep history in the industry and a commitment to recycling and exceptional service. During the 1990’s and 2000’s, the family, successfully built the largest solid waste management company on Long Island, New York.
Joining the Family Across Multiple Businesses
In 2006, the Winters family was looking for equity capital to support the next phase of growth in his business on Long Island. It was important that the family retain majority control and Clairvest was chosen as a partner because of our experience as constructive minority investors. Together, we aggressively grew the company to become the number one player on Long Island and successfully sold in 2007 to a strategic buyer for a significant profit.
Several years later, Joe and Sean Winters opportunistically acquired a struggling solid waste business in Connecticut and, after turning around its operations, invited Clairvest to partner again to help grow that business.
In 2013, Clairvest became a non-control equity partner. The company made numerous acquisitions and greenfielded two recycling facilities during our hold period .
In 2015 the Winters family had an opportunity to buy back the Long Island assets that we sold together in 2007 and return to their home market. Once again, the Winters family and Clairvest worked together to consummate the acquisition of these assets with an US$28 million investment for a minority stake of 47% of the Long Island business.
“Partnering with Clairvest in 2006 was an important step in growing our family company and selling it successfully. We partnered with them for the second time because we trust them and know that they will work alongside us to help achieve our goals once again.” Joe Winters, CEO
Since 2015, Winters Bros. Waste Systems of Long Island completed five strategic acquisitions and materially improved operations across all lines of business. The company is now known as thriving enterprise with an excellent reputation, first rate equipment, superior safety standards and strong financial performance. It is actively advancing several highly strategic initiatives that would position it as the undisputable market leader in New York State and one of the leading privately held solid waste management companies in the United States.