Franklin industrial waste hauler purchased by Illinois firm

AAA Environmental Industries Inc., a Franklin-based hauler of manufacturing and industrial-related liquid waste and sludge, has been purchased by Future Environmental Inc., a Mokena, Ill.-based hauler and recycler of industrial and fuel oils. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Jody Vircks, president and former owner of AAA, is now regional office manager for Future Environmental. AAA’s former headquarters in Franklin is now Future Environmental’s first Wisconsin office.

When it was acquired, AAA had about 10 employees. The company had as many as 30 workers several years ago, Vircks said. The company struggled earlier this year as the credit markets dried up, she said, and was not able to continue operations.

Four of AAA’s employees have been retained by Future Environmental. The company sent one employee from Illinois to Franklin, Vircks said, and has hired five new employees. As the Franklin office grows, it may hire some of AAA’s former employees.

"We will be kind of going in steps as we build back up," she said. "Future Environmental has roughly 100 employees, so we do have people to draw from."

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