“Retirement is not for everyone” explains Leslie Weisser about her husband Blain, “he just wasn’t as content sitting at home as he was going to work”. Kim Workman noticed her dad seemed bored most days as he transitioned from the work force. “I just thought he wasn’t satisfied without something to do all day and Mom and I were trying to keep him busy.”
Meanwhile, her husband Brandon Workman was running his own roofing company (Workman Roofing) and identified a lack of service in the industry when it came to getting waste bins for disposal material. One night while doing a Kijji search, he found a truck and 17 “roll off waste bins” for sale in Northern Alberta. It was the perfect solution for his roofing business and he thought it just might be the answer to all the fuss and worry about his Father in law’s boredom.
So a family conspiracy to keep Blain busy took roots and the Weissers joined the generation of “maturepreneurs”, people who launch their first business after reaching 60.
They went to Community Futures to learn about perspectives, business plans and financial assistance for this new adventure. They found the answers to their questions and the assistance they needed. With complete support from their daughter and son-in-law, B & B Bins became a reality in 2009.
B & B Bins is a disposal system that delivers waste bins to job sites for refuse material and once the bins are full, the service extends to disposing of the waste material at the landfill.
“Service is our Motto” is boldly printed on their business card and service is the primary focus of the business. A delay in delivering or picking up waste bins has a domino effect for the entire renovation/ construction industry. “No bins for waste disposal can stop an entire crew from being able to get a roofing job completed”, explains Kim.
Word of mouth about B & B and the quality of service they provided soon resulted in an increase in the demand. People started calling for the roll off bins for extensive yard cleanups, renovations, estate cleanups, storm damage, flood damage cleanup, etc.
Leslie states “We are busy all day long”. The need was greater than anticipated and soon there was also a need for another truck and more bins. Calls for bins started to come from all over Canada and the United States for jobs in the area and soon B & B Bins Inc. was serving throughout Southern Alberta. By 2014 the business has expanded to three trucks, 32 bins, and employs two full time drivers and one part time driver just to keep up.
The small business has turned into a full time family operated business mainly operated by Blain, with Leslie managing the office duties. Kim and Brandon offer support when needed. The business doubled within the first year and has kept on growing. “Blain is loving the business. He loves being outdoors and has a different adventure every day.” Leslie says with a smile. “Our challenge now is not keeping Blain busy, it is getting him to slow down.”
Mother and daughter laugh and their voices fill with pride when they speak of the men in their lives who work hard at their businesses and about Blain who is never, ever bored any more.