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Wind River Environmental Acquires Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic Services

Wind River Environmental Acquires Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic Services

Wind River Environmental (“Wind River”), the nation’s premier provider of non-hazardous liquid waste solutions, announced today that it has acquired Cooke’s Plumbing & Septic Services (“Cooke’s”) in Stuart, Florida.

With more than 30 employees, Cooke’s is a full-service provider of grease trap, septic pumping, drain field, sewer and drain cleaning, and plumbing services located in Stuart, FL. For over 50 years, Cooke’s has served the residents and businesses of both Martin and Saint-Lucie counties and prides itself on its customer-centric approach.

Cooke’s owner, Donald Rice, commented, “I wasn’t planning to sell, but as I learned more about Wind River and its capabilities, I realized this would be a really powerful combination.” He added, “I’m going to work closely with Wind River to ensure a smooth and successful transition for my many long-time employees and customers.”

David Parry, CEO of Wind River, said, “We want to extend a very warm welcome to Don’s entire team. With its premier reputation, Cooke’s has established a leading presence ranging from Fort Pierce to Stuart and beyond. This will complement our strong existing coverage in the greater Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando, and Fort Myers markets.” He added, “With its attractive internal disposal capabilities, Cooke’s will be an important beachhead for us to further expand our core grease trap, septic, drain cleaning, and plumbing capabilities throughout Florida.”

About Wind River

Headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts, Wind River Environmental is a leading “super-regional” environmental services company. Wind River and its affiliates service and maintain a broad array of non-hazardous liquid waste systems, including grease traps, septic tanks and related waste systems for a wide range of commercial, residential and municipal customers. The company has a “vertical integration” model that handles all aspects of liquid waste streams ranging from collection and hauling through processing, treatment and disposal. Backed by Gryphon Investors, a multi-billion-dollar private equity fund based in San Francisco, Wind River is the largest and most successful consolidator in this highly fragmented and growing market.  For more information, please visit


  • Samantha Leahy
  • Wind River Environmental