Topsoil to Topsale

From the beginnings of Kurtz Brothers Topsoil to the presently functioning branches of KB operations across Ohio, the vast history of KB BioEnergy below will provide a peek into the past where it all began.

 

HISTORY

 

1970s

Mel and Dolores form Melvin Kurtz Trucking.

Begin producing and hauling topsoil as business grows.

Mel Kurtz, Sr. forms business with four sons: John, Greg, Mel Jr. and Tom.

Managed business from the house.

 

1980s

Start up Sports Turf Group. Serviced hundreds of golf courses with top dressing, custom blends and landscape products. Sold to Oglebay Norton in 1997.

Awarded contract from Ford motor company to dispose of Ford's spent sand from engine casting process.

Awarded marketing contract for compost generated by newly operational Akron Compost Facility.

1990s

Awarded operating contract for entire Akron Compost Facility under name KB Compost Services, Inc.

Awarded contract for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) to operate largest yard composting facility in the State of Ohio.

Manages 100,000 tons of yard waste per year.

Introduces color-enhanced mulch into business producing "Amerimulch" selling colorant to mulch producers throughout the US. Sold to Chromascape.

Construction Demolition business ventures begin.

 

2000s

Awarded US Compost Council Composter of the year.

KB Compost rebranded to KB BioEnergy to explore new energy-sustaining avenues.

KBBE operates the Akron Compost Facility managing the waste stream for the City of Akron.

ADS Phase I Pilot Project engineering and construction begins.

 

2010s

Compost operations ceased.

Phase I (5,000 dry ton ad system) is constructed to handle 1/3 of operations

ADS I Project successful.

KB BioEnergy commissions ADS Phase II. In operation 2014 - present.

Phase II handles 100% of waste stream through Anaerobic Digestion.

 

2020s

KB BioEnergy looks forward to the future.

Sourcing new ways to transform and sustain natural resources for generations to come.

 

"Anaerobic Digestion, appropriate for 30% of Ohio's biomass, conservatively would generate 27.6 billion kWh, meeting the needs of 2,758,000 homes."

- The State of Ohio

Office of the Governor