Garbage biz becomes more crowded in BP
A couple of enterprising young men are raising the Kruckeberg name to higher business levels.
These men just happen to be twins Trevor and Tyler Kruckeberg. The twins are 28 and have been involved in business circles at Minimizer for many of their younger years.
Tyler is the owner of KIK Graphics, which has been growing by leaps and bounds since it started three years ago.
Now, Trevor has emerged as an entrepreneur and is managing a business called Kruckeberg Services. The pulse of this business will be sanitation on the residential and commercial sides.
Kruckeberg Services will provide custom tailored services for a customer's waste and recycling needs.
Trevor has been actively recruiting customers for his garbage hauling business in a 25-mile radius.
He has a rolloff truck and a packer truck. His rolloff truck is supplied by Lonnie Lembke and is a Ford F-550.
In the early stages of business establishment, Kruckeberg says Kruckeberg Services has about two dozen customers and hopes to expand the business to include Blooming Prairie and many surrounding, smaller communities like Adams, Lyle, Hayfield, Ellendale and Geneva.
The business actually has two parts. The company will also haul race trucks and Bandit Racing supplies to each race.
Marketing has been the key to the business ventures of Trevor's father, Craig, current chairman of the board of directors at Minimizer.
Trevor has learned many of his marketing ideas from his father, who also is driving garbage truck for him when needed. Kruckeberg Services is using a garbage truck that Craig used early in the history of Minimizer, dating back to 2002.
Trevor's marketing includes use of Facebook, mass mailings and newspaper advertising.
The younger Kruckeberg has been working on this project since last August. "We waited until Jan. 1 of this year to really break out the business and it has taken off faster than we thought," he says.
Three standard residential containers are offered: 35 gallon, 64 gallon and 96 gallon.
Trevor also hopes to offer bags.
"We want to give something back to the city and would like to return to the Billy days," Trevor said. He is referring to Billy Walsh, former owner of Walsh Garbage Service. Walsh sold his business to Skjeveland Enterprises of Claremont.
Skjeveland picks up most of the residential and commercial garbage in the city of Blooming Prairie. There are no contracts with the city.
"You could set your clocks to Billy's pickup schedule," said Trevor. "We want to give the power back to the customers," he said.
Trevor is the sole full-time employee of Kruckeberg Services. He has two part-timers on the payroll.
Trevor said he would like to see the garbage business grow, and he hopes to keep the quality of service at a high level. "We want to work with our customers giving the best quality service possible," he said.
Craig and his twin sons have all been very involved in the Bandit racing series. All three have raced. Trevor said he took a year off last year and is till debating whether he will race this next year.
The Bandit Facebook page has 400,000 followers, "It definitely took off faster than we expected," Trevor related.
The Kruckeberg Services trucks carry the new LION logo, which is family motivated. Tyler designed the logo and wrapped it on the Kruckeberg trucks.
Trevor offered some history on selecting the lion for the logo. He said his great grandfather was named Leo, his grandfather Dick's middle name is Leo and father Craig's Horoscope is Leo. Trevor's son Cash also has the middle name of Leo.
Asking if he was having fun with his new ventures, Trevor smiled widely. "It's a crazy kind of fun," he said. "It's a different kind of work where you have to adjust," he continued.
Trevor's son Cash, a kindergartner, loves to hang out with his dad at the garage where the garbage truck is kept.
One of his latest projects involved the mass cleanup of a disposal area at Stinar Corp. in Eagan.
Since 1946 Stinar, now owned by Kruckeberg Enterprises, has provided industry leading aviation ground support equipment to the airline industry.