The Grisafi brothers (above, from left) Vince, Nick and Jim own Montrose Septic Service, which has been a trusted ally of the natural gas industry since 2008.
Since the majority of activities involved with the natural gas industry occur outdoors, access to modern conveniences for the men and women who work the rigs and lay pipelines are often limited. Some of the unsung heroes in the industry are the people who provide clean portable restrooms for these workers. Montrose Septic has been doing business with gas industry partners for more than a decade.
The company was started by Nick Grisafi and his older twin brothers Jim and Vince, Montrose High School alumni who managed a dairy herd on the family farm on Waterford Road in Bridgewater Township after graduation. The farm is part of more than 500 acres of land accumulated by their great grandfather and Italian immigrant, Ignazio Grisafi. The owners of Montrose Septic acquired their tract from their father, Jim Grisafi, and the brothers still live adjacent to each other there.
As if running a farm and each man driving a school bus for 20 years wasn’t enough to keep them busy, the Grisafis started Montrose Septic in 1999 and added portable toilets to their service line in 2001. After the cows were sold in 2002 and the men retired from busing, Montrose Septic was sailing smoothly, perfectly poised to ride an unprecedented wave of opportunity.
“The first 10 years went well,” Vince recalled. “Then, when Cabot got here in 2008, that made us a lot busier.”
“It made a lot of businesses busier,” Nick added. The initial crews arriving to drill wells were housed in campers, and the Grisafis gained contracts pumping out on-site holding tanks. They also needed fresh water for showers. The brothers became regular visitors to well sites, removing waste and filling separate tanks with fresh water.
As the gathering lines and pipelines were laid, the demand for portable restrooms in the county nearly doubled, pushing the brothers to expand their stock. On average, Montrose Septic has 300 portable restrooms in use and continues to offer a full range of commercial and residential septic services.
“We grew with them,” Nick said of their relationship with Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. They now maintain a fleet of three septic trucks, three potty trucks and two fresh water tankers.
While the numbers fluctuate, the Grisafis and employee Tim Dolaway are managing restroom facilities at as many as 15 rigs at any given time. Though the brothers insist that all of the companies they work for maintain clean and well-organized sites, Cabot often stands out to them because of their employees.
“The Cabot company guys are good people,” Nick maintains. “They always treated us well. If we saw an issue and told them about it, they’d take care of it. You can’t beat that.”
Montrose Septic Service can be reached at 570-278-1072.