Environmental Cleanup, Remediation and Emergency Response
EMS was started in Ohio in late 2000 as a single-employee waste broker that aided environmental consulting firms and contractors with management of hazardous waste. EMS founder Jon Ransom originally gained his exposure to the environmental business through his career start as a sales representative with Ashland Chemical in 1991. Subsequent positions with environmental service companies in North Carolina added to his knowledge and experience.
Family ties brought him back to Ohio in 2000. Starting the business out of his basement in Lakewood, Jon faced many challenges, including a lack of credit with suppliers and vendors, minimal knowledge of the regional marketplace and no existing customer relationships. Overcoming its early challenges, EMS experienced slow and steady growth through 2008 when it had 12 employees and one small warehouse in Cleveland. Throughout this time frame, EMS established a strong company culture, a solid balance sheet and a quality reputation in the industry. This foundation set the stage for the exceptional growth to come.
After recovering from the economic implosion of late 2008, EMS hit its stride in the second half of 2009 and quickly accelerated its pace of improvement and growth. By 2012, EMS had grown to more than 75 full-time employees with operation centers in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Steubenville and Toledo. Far beyond its early days as a waste broker, EMS now provides full-service site remediation, oil and gas field services, emergency spill response, tank removal and installation, demolition, waste management and industrial services for both the private and public sectors.