Andy and Don started working together in the 70’s building a successful regional investment bank. Jeff joined them in the early 80’s and they formed Laurel Mountain Partners in 1990. Initially, Laurel developed individual solid waste assets, it acquired a division of USG in an LBO, and then in the mid-90’s began building companies via acquisition and integration of numerous businesses. Four separate Liberty Waste companies were built over the next dozen years wherein over 50 companies were purchased, integrated, operated and ultimately sold either to public companies or to private equity backed firms. Laurel also built the nation’s largest scrap tire recycling business, Liberty Tire Recycling, by acquiring, integrating and operating 45 companies throughout the US and Canada. The business recycled about 150 million tires annually, nearly 50% or North America’s total.
Since 2015, Laurel has continued to build its place in the solid waste management history books. It has built 3 integrated waste management companies (Lewis Clark Recycling and Disposal, Pro Disposal USA, and Telluride Waste Services). Lewis Clark and Pro Disposal both had successful exits and Telluride Waste has become the largest independent waste hauler on the western slope of Colorado. Today, Laurel is focusing on developing assets around Telluride Waste in Colorado and actively looking for the new opportunities.