Solid Waste & Recycling


Dennis B. Donahue Sr. joins Wilkinson Hi-Rise Board

Dennis B. Donahue Sr., president and CEO of Wooster-headquartered Hi-Rise Recycling Companies and former CEO of Wil...

Dennis B. Donahue Sr., president and CEO of Wooster-headquartered Hi-Rise Recycling Companies and former CEO of Will-Burt, Inc., recently joined with Wilkinson Hi-Rise President Michael Bracken to realign the business and improve the company’s manufacturing operations. Wilkinson Hi-Rise’s other board members include Robert Gold, an operations executive in commercial construction and Don Janezic, SVP and CFO of Bigelow Tea.

Wilkinson Hi-Rise, LLC was founded in 1923 and has become the leader in new products such as compactors, automated recycling systems and stainless steel architectural products. Wilkinson Hi-Rise has a manufacturing facility in Stow, Ohio; sales and service centers in New York, California, Illinois, and Florida; and a network of distributors nationwide that sell, install and service Wilkinson equipment. The company offers recycling education programs for architects, contractors, and homeowner associations and services such as odor control, compactor replacement, chute cleaning, and repairs.

There are no plans to merge Wilkinson Hi-Rise and Hi-Rise Recycling.

“We’re thrilled to have Dennis collaborate with us,” said Michael Bracken, Wilkinson Hi-Rise president. “There’s a tremendous amount of synergy between the two separate recycling businesses. Dennis has long been recognized for his ability to streamline manufacturing operations and pull together a team to assist in achieving profitability and growth.”

Already Donahue has begun work breaking the company into major business units: construction, service, and distributor business and rectifying some of the issues that the previous owner found didn’t satisfy the market.

Hi-Rise Recycling Companies, Inc. distributes, markets and sells a diversified line of products and systems used in the collection, recycling and transportation of solid, liquid and low-risk hazardous waste materials. Headquartered in Wooster, Ohio, the Hi-Rise family includes Hesco Sales in Davie, Florida, AG Products in Phoenix, Bes-Pac in Piedmont, South Carolina and New Albany, Mississippi, and De Vivo Industries, in Waterbury, Connecticut.


Wilkinson Hi-Rise, LLC
2821 Evans St.
Hollywood, FL 33020

Hi-Rise Recycling Companies, Inc.
148 East Liberty St.
Wooster, OH 44691
(330) 262-0919

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