Garb-el Products Company: History and Timeline


Garb-el is a family owned business that began in Buffalo, NY in 1950 manufacturing disposal equipment for the restaurant industry. While disposers were not a new idea, Garb-el took an innovative approach to design, introducing an auger feed disposal unit with a hammermill pulverizer. We have always been a pioneer in the industry and realized our product line was a natural fit for supermarkets, restaurants and food processors. Garb-el is celebrating 65 years of manufacturing safe, durable, economically efficient and reliable equipment.

We have established a reputation for quality, product innovation, design and value. Garb-el’s strong brand name and new product development capabilities are unsurpassed in the industry. Our objective is to establish ourselves as the preeminent manufacturer of commercial food waste processing equipment in the world. Below are selected milestones from the company’s history.


Garb-el (garbage elimination) Products Company was founded in Lockport, NY.

Loblaw's Supermarket

1952 (Spring)
Garb-el sells it’s first food waste disposer to Loblaw’s Supermarket in Buffalo, NY.

Garb-el "P" Series Bedding Waste Disposer

Garb-el introduces the bedding waste disposer and markets to hospitals, research facilities and universities.

Sales top $1 million.

1973 (July)
James Carbone joins Garb-el as an assistant sales manager.

Garb-el closes sales office in Buffalo and moves offices and personnel to Lockport manufacturing facility.

1983 (September)
James Carbone, company vice president, purchased Garb-el Products Company.

Garb-el introduces a new line of trim/prep stations and expands sales internationally.

Garb-el Fish Cleaning Station

Garb-el develops a fish cleaning station with a grinder and receives a design patent.

Plant Expansion

In order to increase manufacturing efficiency, meet growing sales and expand research and development capabilities, construction began to add an additional 10,000 ft².

1987 (Spring)
Construction of the plant expansion is completed.

GHV Model

Garb-el introduces the GHV models to meet the high volume demands of it’s food processing and wholesale food packaging customers.

Garb-el expands on its fish cleaning station product line and introduces the two-stage fish cleaning station.

Low Profile (LP) and Standard Profile (SP) models are introduced.

Garb-el’s national service agents tops 300.

2002 (January)
James M. Carbone, Jr. joins Garb-el in the sales department.


2004 (October)

Garb-el launches new product line of fillet and bait rigging tables.

20,000th machine sold!

Garb-el introduces Organic Waste Grinder (OWG) and Organic Feedstock Grinder (OFG) models for the food waste to energy market.

2010 (November)
Selected by Whiting-Turner to provide equipment for Children’s National Medical Center project.

2011 (December)
Partner with Spectrum BioEnergy on anaerobic digestion pilot project located at Albany County Wastewater Treatment Plant.



2012 (January)
Selected by Clean World Partners (CWP) to design and manufacture front-end preprocessing system for CWP’s first commercial anaerobic digester project.

Garb-el OWG-750

2012 (October – January)
Selected to provide Organic Waste Grinder (OWG-750) for ethanol production pilot at UC Davis.