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Small Business Spotlight: Renville Sibley Sanitation LLC

“RSS at one point almost crumbled. By God’s grace, a miracle out of nowhere happened. God sent an angel… he knows who, who picked up the pieces. Thereafter, we came to learn about a finance company that believed in us and our potential… and then came FEF which stuck by us and helped us whenever we needed anything. RSS owes everything to God. He opens windows when doors are closed. We are truly blessed and we thank God for everything”

-Bruce Prigge, Owner of RSS LLC

We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Bruce & Rita Prigge, owners of Renville Sibley Sanitation LLC, located in Gibbon, Minnesota. Their journey in the sanitation industry is a compelling tale of prioritizing personal connections, quality service, and affordability.

Renville Sibley Sanitation LLC

Bruce's background in waste disposal sparked the idea of venturing into entrepreneurship. 

He realized, “Hey I should start my own company, that way I won't have to commute to earn a living!” Thus, Renville Sibley Sanitation LLC was formed in 2004, with Rita in the office handling billing, Bruce and his 3 employees manage waste disposal and recycling pick-ups across 7 Minnesota counties. RSS has continued to grow, along with their need for new and reliable commercial equipment.

RSS Sanitation Truck financed by Fortis Equipment Funding

Family in front of the RSS sanitation truck financed by Fortis Equipment Funding

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Erich Maerz of Fortis Equipment Funding

Bruce and Rita needed to choose a commercial lender that was reliable and reachable, even outside of standard business hours, as overnight hours and early mornings on the job were standard. They have worked with Erich Maerz for over 10 years, learning that Fortis EF embodies many of the same values of RSS. Erich has been available to discuss Bruce’s needs and find him a solution - at any hour of the day!

From dumpsters to garbage containers, side loaders to engine overhauls, Bruce has financed over 100 pieces of commercial equipment with Fortis Equipment Funding. With each new piece of equipment financed through Fortis Equipment Funding, they improve their efficiency and reliability, ensuring they meet the demands of their growing customer base.

They say they have “always been thrilled that Fortis EF has helped them through their ups and downs.” Enduring the harsh winters of Minnesota and the unpredictable nature of sanitation work, Bruce and Rita remain dedicated to providing top-notch service. Their commitment to quality and affordability, coupled with their emphasis on strong relationships, set them apart in an industry often dominated by larger corporations.

Renville Sibley Sanitation LLC became a trusted name in Gibbon and the surrounding areas. Their story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the importance of prioritizing customer satisfaction in business. Fortis is delighted to support Bruce and Rita, cheering on RSS LLC. Customers like Bruce enable Fortis to support small businesses to expand and thrive. We invest in relationships, We invest in You.


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