Valicor Environmental Services (“Valicor”), one of North America’s largest providers of non-hazardous wastewater treatment services, today announced the appointment of Steve Hopper as Chief Executive Officer, effective July 5, 2021. Mr. Hopper brings to Valicor a successful track record of leading and growing environmental services businesses. He succeeds Gregg Kaplan, a former long-time Operating Partner with Pritzker Private Capital (“PPC”), who led Valicor through the pandemic and is departing to pursue other professional opportunities.
“I am honored to join the Valicor team,” said Mr. Hopper. “I have long admired Valicor’s culture, service quality, and leadership position as the largest operator of centralized wastewater treatment (“CWT”) facilities in the U.S. I look forward to serving our customers, strengthening our industry partnerships, and accelerating our next phase of growth.”
“Steve’s experience building environmental services businesses makes him ideally suited to lead Valicor into the future,” said David Gau, Partner and Head of Operations at PPC. “Our long-duration capital will continue to support Valicor as Steve helps drive new business opportunities, evaluates add-on acquisitions, and further strengthens Valicor’s customer relationships.”
Continued Mr. Gau, “We thank Gregg for his exceptional service leading Valicor through the pandemic, and we wish him well on his next endeavor. After several years with PPC, Gregg offered to lead Valicor last year through our initial efforts of sorting the team, strategy, and execution. Gregg has helped build a strong foundation that positions Valicor for future success and this initial work is now complete. We are pleased to welcome Steve as he steps in to guide Valicor into its next chapter.”
Mr. Hopper joins Valicor from Eurofins Scientific, where he served as President & Chief Operating Officer for Environment Testing America. He previously held various senior roles at Veolia North America, including President & Chief Operating Officer of the company’s Industrial Water and Regeneration division. Mr. Hopper received a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from The University of Houston.
Valicor’s strategy focuses on developing greenfield CWT facilities and acquiring operators of CWT facilities, as well as other providers of waste management and environmental services, including materials recycling, product destruction, landfill solidification and related services.
Based in Monroe, Ohio, Valicor is one of the largest providers of non-hazardous wastewater treatment services in North America. Leveraging its extensive fleet of tankers and a network of strategically located centralized wastewater treatment facilities, the company transports and processes diverse wastewater streams that result from the manufacture of industrial and consumer goods. Valicor’s mission-critical services allow customers to meet federal, state, and local regulations by safely and responsibly disposing of oily water, leachate, soaps, line flush waste, and similar waste streams. The company also provides a diverse set of landfill solidification and product destruction services. Valicor is an ISO 14001 certified organization and takes great pride in its environmental compliance process.
Additional information about Valicor is available at www.valicor.com.
Pritzker Private Capital partners with middle-market companies based in North America with leading positions in the manufactured products, services, and healthcare sectors. The firm’s differentiated, long-duration capital base allows for efficient decision-making, broad flexibility with transaction structure and investment horizon, and alignment with all stakeholders. Pritzker Private Capital builds businesses for the long term and is an ideal partner for entrepreneur- and family-owned companies. Pritzker Private Capital is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Additional information about Pritzker Private Capital is available at www.ppcpartners.com.