About Us

Armada Waste Ohio provides comprehensive waste management and transportation solutions for the Midwest. We are a group of like-minded companies dedicated to excellence and customer satisfaction.

By listening to our clients, we creatively adapt our services to meet their needs. Our professionally trained drivers and service consultants ensure a quality experience from start to finish.

Our company began in 2010 with Capitol Waste & Recycling Services, formed by waste management executives, Rob Smith and Wendell Shelton. Drawing from decades of experience, their vision was to found a business on the principles of quality service, excellence in delivery and treating stakeholders with respect. Within a few short years, the company organically grew to become a major player in Central Ohio’s waste industry.

In order to minimize our impact on the environment, we expanded reuse and recycling capabilities by acquiring Lancaster Metals in 2013. Regional growth and service offerings were bolstered again in 2017 with the purchase of On Demand Container in Cincinnati, OH and Iron City Express in Pittsburgh, PA. Together, the companies provide complete services from strategic consulting for efficient project design to collection, hauling, recycling and disposal.

Our entrance into the oil and gas industry began in 2016 with the acquisition of Buckeye Water Service. Vertical integration was achieved when we brought in Mud Masters in early 2018. The sister companies work hand in hand to provide shared customers with hauling and processing capabilities for phase of drilling projects.

We continuously seek additional acquisitions that will complement our range of services throughout the Midwest.

Meet Our Team

Our dedicated team of professionals take pride and personal responsibility to serving our customers with care. Every team member knows and shares your concerns about how we treat the environment. Our services and performance are best measured by our customer satisfaction.

Robert Smith


With over 26 years of solid waste and recycling experience, Rob has successfully led teams as small as 7 and as large as 1300 to increased sales and profits, cost controls, and process improvements which have resulted in consistent improvements in revenue, safety, compliance, customer service and operational efficiencies. As District Manager, Market Area GM, and Area Vice President, he consistently achieved or exceeded annual EBIT targets during his tenure at two of the largest publicly held solid waste providers in the US.

Wendell Shelton


As a successful Sales and Operations Executive, Wendell has been leading teams in the waste industry to success for over 27 years.  Driving business development goals is where he has excelled in roles Regional Sales Manager, Vice President and Director of Operations at industry leading waste and recycling providers. He has consistently led teams to exceed sales goals and drive innovation to increase revenue.

Ben Woods

Vice President

Ben has been excelling as an executive in the waste industry for over 33 years.  He continues to drive operational excellence as Vice President following roles such as Regional Sales Manager, Senior District Manager, Director of Operations, Market Area GM and Vice President.  With a long tenure of effective and excellent leadership at some of the largest waste providers in the country,Ben continues to grow and improve the Armada Waste family of companies.

Ray Romo


For over 37 years, Ray has successfully led finance organizations, developed accounting processes and managed operations for large solid waste organizations.  With a tenure of roles such as Division Controller, Group Financial VP, General Manager and Area Controller, Ray has driven strategy and financial policy while emphasizing results and compliance. With this wealth of knowledge and experience, he is developing and improving the Armada Waste organization financially and operationally.