Flush with Opportunity
For many industries 2020 was a crappy year. And for the portable sanitation industry, with potties so ubiquitous at events and gatherings, a pandemic would have intuitively portended lots of toilets with no place to go.
Instead, though, the year was flush with business. The industry supplies and services portable bathrooms, sinks, and sanitizer stations, and it is generally dependent on four main revenue drivers: special events, construction, agriculture, and disaster relief.
Biffs Inc. saw a 90 percent decrease in events-related rentals in 2020, says vice president Ben Schnackenberg. Annual gatherings typically necessitating thousands of rentals were zeroed out. But the rest of its market has seen enough growth to counter the losses. Both agriculture and construction are operating normally, so business in those areas is still booming.
North Branch portable sanitation company Jimmy’s Johnnys has been renting portable toilets to manufacturers so truckers don’t have to enter buildings, says Rich Anderson, president/CEO.
Correctional and care facilities are renting units too. And almost all customers are renting more sinks and sanitizer stations. Jimmy’s supply of 180 sinks has been rented out for months.
Plus there are 300 Covid-19 testing sites around the state, the majority of which rent portable toilets, sinks, and hand sanitizer dispensers, says Karleen Kos, executive director of Bloomington-based Portable Sanitation Association International.