THE NORTH CENTRAL LANDFILL is much more than the Polk County dump. It might not be noticeable from the outside, but on the inside it’s a very sophisticated and technologically advanced operation. We’ve even heard it described as a local “modern marvel.”

Today, the working parts of the county’s landfill property, located west of Winter Haven off Winter Lake Road (State Road 540), are larger than they were a year ago. Working with a new customer, COMANCO Environmental Corporation, Tucker Paving Inc. had a nice paving role in a major landfill expansion that wrapped up just recently.

The Plant City-based COMANCO company, a leading national provider of services in the geosynthetics marketplace, spearheaded all of the landfill construction work. Here’s what the company had to say in an Oct. 26 post on its Facebook site (

“COMANCO’s Superintendent Nathan Wilfong reporting ‘Live From the Field’ at the Polk County Landfill in Florida. This year-long landfill expansion project is finally complete as the COMANCO team demobilized from the site this week. COMANCO completed the 30-acre landfill cell which included a five layer geosynthetic system, leachate collection pipe and gravel, protective sand cover, rain tarp installation, site work which included the installation of new asphalt access roads, concrete pump station pads, and the surrounding stormwater system of the new cell. The crew did an excellent job to deliver the best quality product while keeping their focus on safety.”

COMANCO’s core services are liner/geosynthetics, pipework, gas collection, and earthmoving. Three partners, Mark Topp, T.R. Johnson, and Bob Johnson, started the company as an environmental and civil construction firm in 1989, five years before the launch of Tucker Paving. COMANCO is an acronym for COstruction MANagement COmpany. Originally based in Tampa, the company has operated from headquarters in Plant City since mid-2005. The company also has an office in Reno, Nev., and more than 250 employees overall.

According to the company’s website — — COMANCO has been recognized every year since 2004 by Engineering News Record as one of the top 200 environmental companies in America. The company reports that it has completed more than 3,000 projects in 27 years and that it installs more than 100 million square feet of geosynthetic liner every year.

The management of Tucker Paving is pleased that it had the opportunity to work with COMANCO on the big landfill project, and it’s happy to now be associated with one of the nation’s most prestigious construction companies in the environmental services sector.