BENLEE Roll Off Trailers Sadly Announces the Passing of its Founder and Ex-Chairman

February 6, 2014

ROMULUS, Mich., FEBRUARY 6, 2014- BENLEE North America's largest manufacturer of roll off trailers is sadly announcing the passing of William (Bill) Wolok, its Founder, Ex-Chairman and CEO. He died yesterday at the age of 84.

"Bill was a great inspiration to many of us as we went through the enormous swings in the business in recent years.  His passing is a great loss to our team and the industry", said Greg Brown, current President and CEO.

Bill started his career in the late 1960s buying scrap metal and operating as a hauler. Another great industry legend Harry Kletter, who died last month, manufactured roll off trailers for Bill. In 1974, Harry was so busy with other ventures that he sent Bill the drawings for the roll off trailers and suggested he have them made for himself. BENLEE was born. Bill stopped dealing in scrap metal and grew BENLEE to become the industry leader in manufacturing of roll off trailers. After many years of growth, he sold the company to Gregory Brown in 2004. "Bill worked with me through the transition of ownership and supported our growth", said Brown. "Bill really enjoyed that in 2007, the company went back to its roots, when we purchased Raleigh Metal Recycling and Goldsboro Metal Recycling, thereby getting back into the scrap metal business which was where he began. Bill loved roll off trailers, but scrap metal was in his blood. He was a fixture at every ISRI meeting." concluded Brown.

Bill is survived by his wife Edith and three daughters, as well as a large number of grandchildren. Services are today, February 6, 2014 at Dorfman Funeral Home, in Farmington Hills, MI at 12:00 noon.

BENLEE has three integrated operations:

  1. Designing and manufacturing of vehicles used in Scrap, Recycling, Trash, Demolition, Environmental, Energy and other specialty markets.
  2. Repair, Service and Frame Straightening, where vehicles can be rebuilt from the ground up.
  3. Nationally recognized Parts Operation that ships a broad range of Parts the Same Day the order is received, including from our internet Parts Store, including tarps, hydraulic valves, cylinders, cables and all types of roll off parts.

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