A message from our CEO
To the CIRCON community,
I hope you and your family members are staying safe during this unprecedented time. As our nation moves through a challenge unlike any it has ever seen before, we know that each and every one of you is feeling the impact of the Coronavirus crisis. While we hope for a swift conclusion and recovery, there’s comfort in knowing that we’re all in this together.
As the COVID-19 epidemic and its uncertainty continue to impact our family, work life and how we do business, myself and the entire CIRCON management team remain grateful for all your contributions to keep our business operating under such circumstances. Regardless of all the challenges, it is with pride and gratitude that each of us continues to contribute to being safe while providing the quality and standard of service to our valued clients which they have come to expect from CIRCON.
We’re also doing what we can to help those who are fighting to keep us safe. At the wise suggestion of CIRCON VP Daniel Andrews, we’ve taken inventory of our N95 masks and are donating what we can to help the workers on the frontline of this pandemic, who so desperately need protective gear. (And if you need help donating surplus N95 masks or other PPE, please contact Bobbie Rivas at <email@example.com> and we’ll help with distribution.)
As always, we’re committed to finding a better way to maintain a healthy and thriving team and company, and we look forward to celebrating our shared successes with you once we’re on the other side of this crisis. Thank you for your continued support, and for being a part of the CIRCON family.
—Frank Iezzi, CEO, CIRCON Environmental
Did You Know?
At our state-of-the-art Bayport and Bay Park facilities, additional improvements and upgrades have been made to help us deliver better, faster service to our growing roster of clients within our Waste Treatment and Recycling division. Few things are more precious than time when it comes to wastewater treatment, and to keep our clients’ trucks moving in the most expedient manner, we’ve recently started operating four additional unloading bays, as well as a trailer rinse bay. That gets trucks in and out of our facilities in under an hour—a turn time that keeps us well ahead of competitors.
At a time that feels uncertain for many businesses and industries, we’re proud to share that CIRCON has recently seen exciting growth within the Waste Treatment and Recycling service line.
A major Midwestern transportation company has returned to CIRCON family as a valued client. The liquid- and dry-bulk carrier, which operates across the nation, will be relying on us to process a significant 2.4 million gallons of wastewater each year. That translates to meaningful and momentous growth for this segment of our business, and we look forward to continuing and growing this relationship.
We’ve also embarked upon a new project with a large environmental landfill company, managing the site’s evaporative pond. We’ll be processing an additional 2-3 million gallons of wastewater as this project comes to completion. That means we’re currently completing 10 loads every day, six days a week.
The addition of these two clients and the accompanying work—both recurring and project-based—puts CIRCON on a promising trajectory for growth in the near- and long-term. We will use this momentum to pursue even more leads, more new business, and more clients to whom we can provide our industry-leading service. The stronger we are, the stronger the entire CIRCON community is.
Three Questions with Clint Willis
Clint Willis is CIRCON’s Division Manager for Waste Treatment and Recycling, a part of our business that’s currently experiencing growth, thanks to improved efficiencies and services. Here, Clint offers insight as to why an increasing number of clients are choosing to rely on CIRCON, how his team is managing that growth while prioritizing safety standards through a public-health crisis, and how he and his family are adapting to our new normal.
Your division has won significant business as of late. What’s helping CIRCON stand out amongst its competitors?
Well, we of course have competitive pricing, but really our reputation speaks for itself. We’ve been around the block for a while now, and we’re always working to improve. In recent years, for example, we’ve decreased our turn time for getting trucks in and back out again from nearly two hours to under one hour. And at our treatment facilities, we’ve also added four additional unloading bays, as well as a trailer rinse bay, which allows us to rinse each compartment of a vacuum trailer simultaneously. These new clients and projects are good signs for our company’s future, because, well, volume drives revenue! That’s the way I look at it.
As you tackle these new jobs and projects at this strange and unprecedented time, how are you working to keep your team and your clients safe?
We’re rigorously following CDC guidelines: keeping employees spaced apart, minimizing contact with drivers. We’re not doing any large group safety meetings, but instead doing more frequent, smaller gatherings to make sure we get our required training in, safely. To be honest, safety is such a priority at CIRCON no matter what, that these changes feel fairly minimal to our team. We just see it as a different way of taking on tasks. Everyone’s eager to do their part to help the fight.
You and your wife have a young daughter at home. How are you adapting to our new normal as a family, and what do you think our world will look like on the other side of this?
I think there’s going to be toilet paper everywhere! [Laughs.] But in all seriousness, we’ve seen our communities come together. I’ve seen people reaching out on social media to help the elderly, and local grocery stores are designating their morning hours to let those folks shop. I think social distancing may become the new norm, but to a lesser degree. And as for my daughter, she’s still able to go to daycare, where they’re taking all the precautions to keep those kids safe. Luckily, she’s young enough that she’s kind of clueless as to what’s going on. But I will say she’s getting really good at washing her hands.