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Flowers Sanitation Company History

1944 - Frank Flowers establishes business.
  - Rogers interest in the trash business started at 8 years old when he was emptying barrels in the back of his dad's pick up.
- Flowers Sanitation started with 2 trash trucks & serviced a small area.  Frank also at that time operated the Virden Landfill west of town; that landfill has been closed for a number of years.
   
1971 - Built a 48 x 60 2 bay shop at 900 W. Fortune St. in Virden with a 12 x 12 office & sitting on 1 acre of land; this was all done while still working for his dad.
   
1978 - Roger ran a small route for 1 year while working with his dad.
  - Roger's equipment was a pick up with wooden sideboards.
  - Roger continued to build his route for 3 to 4 years then expanded with a '73 Ford trash truck & '75 Ford Pick up
   
1981 - In November Roger bought Frank out: 2 trash trucks & backhoe; went to curbside pickup
   
1983 - Roger bought his 1st new International trash truck
- Also had a '75 Chevrolet trash truck and a '75 pick up with dump hopper
   
1988 - Bought 1st used '79 Mack roll off truck with 5 boxes & went in to roll off business
- This was promoted by Thermal Ceramics in Girard who encouraged Roger to haul their trash
   
1989 - Put 1st computer in the office in Virden
   
1991 - In June bought out Hartman Disposal in Carlinville
- We have seen 4 haulers come and go and we are still here and growing strong
   
1992 - Roger bought his 1st new roll off truck & at the time he bought this new truck he had been in the roll off business 3 to 4 years
   
1994 - Roger built new office - added 1 more computer
  - Roger bought his 3rd new roll off truck
   
1997 - Roger built a 4 bay shop & washbay south of the main shop
  - Roger bought his 4th new roll off truck
   
2003 - Roger bought out Charlie & Lucy Pocklinkton's Residential & Commercial Route
  - Charlie later retired in August of 2003
   
2004 - Added 3rd office personel & 3rd computer
  - Roger bought out Harold Ellingers roll off business from Litchfield
  - Added another 4 bay shop to the existing 4 bay shop w/ washbay
  - Roger bought an additional 3 acres for container storage
   
2005 - Added 4th office personel & 4th computer
   
2006 - Added 5th office personel & 5th computer
   
2007 - Added shop expansion & kitchenette
   
2008 - Bought out Bumpus Disposal
   
2015 - Started recycling program
   
2016 - Converted to front load containers
 
Currently Flowers Sanitation employs 5 office personel Monday through Friday 7:30 - 4:00.
 
Currently Flowers Sanitation employs 25 drivers/laborers and 2 mechanics Monday through Friday 6:30 to when the route is done.  This number of employees does include Roger who is a working owner & drives his own roll off truck.
 
5

- Roll Off Trucks

4 - Pup Trailers - Capability of hauling 8 roll off boxes at one time
5 - Garbage Trucks
5 - Pick Up Trucks for delivery of barrels & pick up of appliances and so forth
5 - Satellite Packers
2 - Satellite Trucks with dump beds
1 - Hook Lift Truck - Capable of servicing 10-yd roll off boxes
250 - Roll Off Boxes
500 - Commercial Containers
   
OFFICE HOURS: MONDAY - FRIDAY 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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