FOR Solutions Composting Systems
Metal Fabrication & Installation Contractor 717-207-8985


FOR Solutions Composting Systems
FOR Solutions Composting Systems
Customer:FOR Solutions, LLC
Industry:Commercial Composting and Food Scraps Management
Location:Newton, NJ


In July 2016, the Founder and Executive Chairman of FOR Solutions LLC, Dr. Nicholas J. Smith-Sebasto, contacted GSM Industrial in search of a new option to manufacture his patented composting systems. Dr. Nick’s company had previously utilized two different companies in order to manufacture his FOR Solutions composting systems and was not completely satisfied with the results. When he turned to GSM Industrial for help, we did all we could to learn about his unique product and how we could meet his needs.

Dr. Nick’s Composting System

Dr. Nick’s prototype composting system has been in operation for over 7 years and in that time has processed more than 560,000 lbs. of food scraps into high-quality compost. The composting process takes just 5 days compared to an average of 3 months to a year for traditional systems.

He developed his prototype after using three other commercially available composters and investigating many more. His first effort to recover and recycle uneaten food was at a residential environmental education center that was spending a tremendous amount of money to have the trash hauled away and its dumpsters were attracting the local black bear population. He purchased a commercially available composter that failed to live up to the claims of the provider.

He moved to the parent campus, a large Mid-Atlantic university, where his efforts to explore and describe the benefits of on-site recovery and recycling of uneaten food continued in a more urban setting. Again, he purchased a commercially available composter that worked better than the previous one, but it still had many limitations and design liabilities.

After experimenting with a third composter, Dr. Nick came to believe that he must use his experience to design his own composting system. He was awarded a United States Patent for his aerobic in-vessel rotary drum composting system in 2014.

Since the installation of the prototype at another university where Dr. Nick was now an administrator and faculty member, the composting system has processed more than 560,000 lbs. of food, saving over tens of thousands of dollars in waste disposal fees. The high-quality, nutrient-dense compost has been used throughout the campus for landscaping purposes and on an associated farm.

The system has produced compost with a market value of nearly $30,000. The waste management savings along with the value of the compost have provided a fantastic return on investment and return on environment for the university.

FOR Solutions is hard at work turning unwanted food scraps into a replenishable natural resource with the power to revitalize the Earth’s soil. Its mission plays a large role in the sustainability movement.

Landfills are reaching their capacity and producing environmental problems with their methane emissions and leachate. Both landfill tipping fees and hauling fees are steadily increasing, making composting a valuable alternative solution for educational facilities, military installations, correctional facilities, and other locations with large food courts.

Working with GSM Industrial

After learning about Dr. Nick’s incredible composting systems and mission, we were excited to get to work and see how we could help.

Dr. Nick needed a company that could assist him in making subtle tweaks to his design and develop a more detailed shop drawing of his composting systems. He also required a company that had the capacity to handle all of the fabrication, welding, machining, and assembly of his compost systems. In order to accomplish everything, this job required a facility that could provide enough square footage for sub-contractors to come in and work on his system, such as adding controls to the control panel while it was being manufactured.

In true GSM fashion, we were able to provide Dr. Nick and FOR Solutions with a one-stop shop that maintained a seamless manufacturing process. GSM Industrial has now manufactured three of the five standard composting systems that FOR Solutions offers. We have also begun installing these systems for Dr. Nick and his team.

At GSM Industrial, we value strong partnerships and working with FOR Solutions provided just that. To get started on your next project or start a partnership, contact us here or give us a call at 717-207-8985.

Working with GSM Industrial was a breeze, I appreciated the one-stop shop aspect as well as its quick response and thoughtful collaboration.

Dr. Nicholas J. Smith-Sebasto, Founder and Executive Chairman of FOR Solutions LLC

We don't claim to be experts in making compost from food, but we can use our skills and experience to build things to make it happen.

Jeff Kramer, Business Development at GSM Industrial

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