Clean Harbors has become the leading environmental and industrial service provider and largest hazardous waste disposal company in North America. Since 1980, field service centers have been strategically located across North America to provide emergency response services and perform planned work on customer locations. Due to their work over the years, Clean Harbors has become a recognized leader in environmental emergency response services.
Founded by Alan S. McKim, Clean Harbors began as a four-person tank cleaning business. Today, Clean Harbors is a publicly traded company (NYSE: CLH) that maintains a vast network of service centers for waste management, treatment and disposal facilities, and a broad range of services. Mr. McKim continues to lead the company as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board.
Clean Harbors has achieved steady growth, both geographically and in terms of service offerings, through the acquisition of new facilities, equipment and personnel in order to respond to client needs. In 1986, their laboratory chemical packing services, CleanPack®, was formed to provide industries, schools, universities, and communities with vital services to manage the collection, packaging and disposal of laboratory chemicals and household hazardous waste. Clean Harbors provides comprehensive hazardous waste handling and disposal throughout North America.
Clean Harbors’ Chairman Alan McKim cut the ribbon at the
2016 unveiling of its $120 million state-of-the-art El Dorado
facility in Arkansas, designed to be North America’s most
technologically advanced hazardous waste incinerator.
In 1989, Clean Harbors purchased Chem Clear Inc., an industrial aqueous waste treatment company. This acquisition firmly established Clean Harbors as a waste disposal provider, and the 1995 purchase of an incinerator in Kimball, Nebraska expanded their resources in this area.
In 1998, Clean Harbors formed their Industrial Services division. Their industrial personnel perform industrial cleaning and maintenance services which require a fast turnaround. Such services include hydroblasting, liquid/dry vacuuming, sodium bicarbonate blasting, steam cleaning and chemical cleaning of equipment and systems.
In 2002, Clean Harbors acquired the assets of the Chemical Services Division of Safety-Kleen. This purchase added 55 service centers, 33 waste management facilities and 4,400 employees to Clean Harbors’ existing resources. In 2007, Clean Harbors acquired Teri, LLC, with its 550 employees; several field location; incineration facility in El Dorado, Arkansas; and a treatment, storage and disposal facility in Wilmington, California. In 2008, the Company acquired two solvent recycling facilities in Chicago, Illinois, and Hebron, Ohio. This acquisition broadened the Company’s service portfolio and established a substantial presence for Clean Harbors in the solvent recycling market.
In 2009, Clean Harbors acquired Eveready Inc., a Canadian company that provides industrial maintenance and production, and lodging and seismic services. With the addition of more than 2,100 employees, 79 locations and a service fleet of more than 2,400 truck and trailer units, this purchase broadened Clean Harbors energy and industrial service offerings, as well as its geographic reach.
Following Eveready, Clean Harbors completed a series of acquisitions to enhance and expand its energy and industrial services further. Clean Harbors went on to acquire additional capabilities in seismic services, industrial cleaning, pipeline maintenance, industrial lodging services and catalyst and refinery material processing and recycling. In 2011, Clean Harbors acquired Peak Energy Services, bringing on the capabilities to service oil and gas drilling operations by providing surface rentals and specialized liquid, solid and sludge processing.
In 2012, Clean Harbors made its largest acquisition in Company history with the purchase of Safety-Kleen. Safety-Kleen is a leading North American used oil recycling and re-refining, parts cleaning, and environmental solutions company, with approximately 4,200 employees serving more than 200,000 customer locations in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
As Clean Harbors moves forward, their goal is to continue to enhance services and expand their geographic reach through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. In 2013, they acquired Evergreen Oil, a Californiabased company that specializes in the recovery and re-refining of used oil. In 2015, the acquisition of Thermo Fluids, Inc. expanded their used oil collection and recycling capabilities and strengthened their presence in the western United States.
From 2014 through 2017, Clean Harbors continued its investment in used oil collection, used oil re-refining, and lubricant blending/packaging by acquiring and building capabilities to distribute finished lubricants. Also, in 2017, Clean Harbors acquired Lonestar West, which further broadened its daylighting and hydro excavation services throughout the U.S. and Canada.
In 2018, they acquired Veolia’s U.S, which is an industrial cleaning business. This acquisition provides significant scale and capabilities while increasing the size and geographic reach of their existing U.S. industrial services business.
Today, Clean Harbors has more than 400 service locations providing waste transportation and disposal; laboratory chemical packing; 24-hour emergency response; parts cleaning; and field, energy and industrial services. The Company also owns and operates more than 100 waste management facilities that offer a wide range of disposal options, including incineration; wastewater treatment; and landfill, recycling and specialty disposal. Clean Harbors is the largest hazardous waste disposal company and the largest rerefiner of used oil in North America.