Custom molder Cascade Engineering Inc. is expanding its trash container business beyond its utilitarian wheeled carts, with new products aimed at residential use and public places such as malls and parks.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company has forged a reputation in the municipal waste industry for its wheeled carts, molded on a giant, 9,000-ton injection press that links two Battenfeld presses with 4,500 tons of clamping force.
Cascade introduced its newest product, Waste-Mate, in October at the WasteCon show in Long Beach, Calif. The polyethylene container features a covered lid open on all four sides, and a liner that can be removed for cleaning.
President Michael Valz said in a recent interview that Waste-Mate is rotationally molded, a process Cascade outsources to an undisclosed molder. Cascade is finding out more about rotomolding as it develops more consumer-oriented waste-handling products, Valz said.
Early last year, Cascade introduced the Bench-Mate, which looks like a garden bench but has a hinged lid and hollow base. Bench-Mate is being marketed to golf courses as a place to store beverages for golf outings, or course maintenance tools, as well as to homeowners and operators of multifamily dwellings, such as apartments and condominiums.
To hit the multifamily market, Cascade formed Invisible Waste Services. IWS operates in four Florida cities, coordinating waste pickup and providing containers.
Cascade also has created a nationwide alliance with Chicago-based Urban Services of America Inc., which specializes in repairing broken waste carts, Valz said. The two companies had been competitors before deciding to team up.