Hog History: Rumpke Sponsors the Preble County Pork Festival

EATON, Ohio—Sept. 12, 2012—Pork Festival Sponsor Rumpke Waste & Recycling is no stranger to swine.

In 1932, company founder William F. Rumpke had a coal delivery business. He was accustomed to taking items in trade; it was the Great Depression, after all. One day a customer paid him with six hogs.

With the help of his brother, Bernard, the resourceful Rumpke brothers raised their livestock by collecting garbage, which back then consisted primarily of food scraps. They grew the herd and by the 1950s were raising thousands of hogs. On the Rumpke farm, workers on a conveyor system picked out glass, rags and other reusable items. Eighty years later, Rumpke is the largest recycler in the state of Ohio.

Eventually Rumpke broke away from farming to focus on environmentally sound waste disposal and recycling. The firm is still family-owned and operated in Colerain Township. To tour Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, email

“Rumpke is proud to sponsor the Preble County Pork Festival,” said Rumpke Regional Vice President Mike Bramkamp. “This partnership is good fit given our company’s history of hog farming.”

The Preble County Pork Festival is Sept. 15-16, 2012, at the Preble County Fairgrounds. Rumpke provides trash and portable restroom services for an estimated crowd of 200,000 people. The Preble County Solid Waste Management District provides recycling collection, with is processed at Rumpke Recycling in Dayton.

Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions. Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, The William-Thomas Group and Rumpke Hydraulics. For more information, visit


Sara Cullin
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