Hometown Haulers aims to be a trusted service
Hometown Haulers, a local garbage and recycling company, is hoping to fill an un-met need in the small-town areas it serves.
The company, which is located at Freerksen Trucking in Dodge Center, has been around for a little over two years and is co-owned by Landon Koss and Mark Freerksen.
Even though Hometown Haulers is still a relatively new company, Freerksen and his father have been in the trucking business for over 25 years. The company, DC Equipment Sales, buys used garbage trucks, fixes them up and resells them. Koss said because of that business, they already had some perfectly good trucks to use and an idea was born.
“When ARI sold out there was technically no local company in the Kasson, Mantorville, Dodge Center area anymore. It was all big national companies,” Koss said. “We just saw the need for a local company, had extra trucks sitting around and thought lets just give it a shot.”
The company serves Dodge and Waseca Counties and in April will add Mower County (Waltham) to the list. Currently the company has customers in Kasson, Mantorville, Dodge Center, Hayfield, Owatonna and Waseca. In February, Koss estimated that the company served around 1,500 customers and 125 businesses.
The company provides both commercial and residential services, as well as temporary roll-off construction dumpsters. If you’ve seen a KoMet blue or Cobra red garbage bin, odds are it is from Hometown Haulers. The company provides colored bins with logos including Kasson-Mantorville KoMets, Dodge County Hockey Wildcats and the Minnesota Vikings.
“It is just something we wanted to do. A lot of people look at their garbage cans and think, ‘They are so ugly’ or, ‘We don’t want it sitting outside,’” Koss explained. “It shows more school pride and a lot of people enjoy it, and don’t mind keeping their garbage cans outside now”
The company’s mission is “to provide Dodge County (and other counties) with a trusted and friendly local garbage handler