THE waste company that took over the affairs of embattled Letterkenny businessman Jim Ferry has itself been bought out.
Ireland’s biggest refuse and recycling firm Beauparc Utility Group confirmed to the Donegal News that it has acquired WERS Waste. The acquisition will bring the Meath firm’s nationwide customer base to over 325,000 homes and businesses.
It is two years since Galway-headquartered WERS snapped up two of Jim Ferry’s interests – Ferry’s Refuse Recycling Ltd and Ferry’s Refuse Collection Ltd.
Jim Ferry was jailed for nine weeks in June for failing to comply with the orders of the High Court in relation to the illegal dumping of thousands of tonnes of waste outside Letterkenny.
Beauparc was founded in the early 1980s and is the driver behind the Panda Group, the umbrella for waste management giant Panda Waste as well as Panda Power, a leader in Ireland’s renewable energies industry.
Managing Director of Beauparc, Brian McCabe, confirmed that those working for WERS Waste will continue to be employed by the new owners. Mr McCabe added that under his watch, customers are guaranteed that their waste will either be recycled or used as to generate energy.
“The acquisition of WERS Waste further expands our nationwide footprint and consolidates our position as a key player in sustainable utility solutions,” Mr McCabe said.
“We are looking forward to servicing our new communities and WERS customers can expect to receive the highest level of customer service as well as a guarantee that 100 per-cent of the materials collected will be recycled or recovered for energy.”
Mr McCabe added that he wanted to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the Gleeson family in building the WERS empire.
“Alongside the existing WERS team, Beauparc will bring new investment and our significant experience in the sector to ensure the future growth and success of the business,” he said.
WERS Waste was established in North Galway in 1989 by brothers Pat, Martin and Paul Gleeson. In a short statement, they said they intend to concentrate on growing their plastics recycling business at their Weir Road facility in Tuam.
Paul Gleeson said: “Pat, Martin and I felt that the time was right for us to concentrate our strategic focus on the plastics recycling element of our business, where we have made significant investments in recent years.
“We would like to pay tribute to our loyal staff and to our customers for their support and business over the years which helped us grow WERS to where it is today. We are confident that both will benefit from this acquisition by Ireland’s biggest refuse and recycling management company.”