ESG Announces Acquisition Of The Curotto-Can Company

Chattanooga, TN. (May 17, 2013) — Environmental Solutions Group (ESG) has announced the acquisition of The Curotto-Can Company of Sonoma, CA. Details of the acquisition have not been disclosed.


The Curotto-Can is known for their automated carry can that mounts to the forks of a commercial front loader, converting the unit to an automated front loader. This system enables a commercial refuse collection unit to also be used for residential pickups, with efficiency and versatility superior to that seen in automated side loaders.


Pat Carroll, president of ESG said, “We are very excited to have John Curotto and his team as part of Environmental Solutions Group. John is a fourth-generation hauler and an industry pioneer who approaches product design from the hauler’s perspective. This maximizes benefits for the end user, which aligns directly with our philosophy at Heil and ESG.”


John Curotto, president of The Curotto-Can, agrees. “Being a part of Environmental Solutions Group will help us do more for haulers in our industry. Pat Carroll and the ESG Team aren’t satisfied with the status quo. They are innovating for today and tomorrow. They have the right philosophy and an energetic, experienced team, which makes all the difference when it comes to helping customers be more profitable. We want to be a part of that.”


“We have been working with Heil for the past two years to integrate our automated carry can into their Heil Half/Pack® and Half/Pack FreedomTM front loader designs,” Curotto continued. “This close collaboration has resulted in the development of a completely integrated system that represents the next generation of automated collection. We could not be more excited about being part of Environmental Solutions Group and about what this means for haulers who need to address an increasing number of collection and financial challenges. Now they can use one seamlessly integrated unit to handle both commercial and residential routes more efficiently than ever before. Working with ESG will enable us to make product innovations happen at a much faster pace and with a greater positive impact on our customers’ bottom line.”


Independent studies and direct customer feedback have shown that the Curotto-Can significantly improves productivity while lowering operating costs per hour. In addition, both companies cite enhanced safety as a major benefit. With the Curotto-Can, the driver is able to perform the automated collection process from within the security and comfort of the cab while keeping his eyes looking forward during the entire operation, thereby improving safety and ergonomics. Additionally, extra bulk next to the cart can be loaded with the same truck, eliminating the need to “chase” the truck with a manual rear loader. While loading bulk items the operator is at the front of the truck instead of at the rear, placing the operator in a more safe location and reducing the possibility of being struck by another vehicle. Also, the superior maneuverability of the Curotto Can dramatically reduces productivity losses from slow and potentially unsafe backing events while navigating cul-de-sacs.


Heil and The Curotto-Can will display their next generation automated front loader system at Waste Expo in New Orleans, May 21-23. Visit booths #2847 and #3147 for more information or to request a demonstration.


The Curotto-Can designs and manufactures automated carry cans for refuse collection vehicles in the solid waste and recycling industry. They are focused on delivering reliable solutions that enhance productivity and make a positive impact on their customers’ bottom line. For more information, visit


Environmental Solutions Group encompasses industry-leading brands—Heil Environmental, Marathon, and Bayne— to create a premier, fully integrated equipment group serving the solid waste and recycling industry. Through extensive voice-of-customer outreach, in-house engineering and manufacturing capabilities, a wide-reaching service network, and proven industry expertise, ESG is focused on solving customer problems through environmentally responsible products and providing world-class support. For more information, visit