Manufacturer of Recycling Trailers

Custom Designs

All of our trailers are custom built to meet our customers needs.  Our engineers know the processes needed to make a functional trailer.  We have salesmen that know the options available and will get you the trailer or container to best fit your needs.

In House Financing

Take advantage of Seasonal Payment Options and No Down Payments!  We offer financing to help you get the equipment you need.

Wraps & Decals

Our design staff can work with you to create decals or wraps that will best fit your needs.  We have a vinyl printer and cutter that makes almost any idea a reality.

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Take advantage of Seasonal Payment Options and No Down Payments!  We offer financing to help you get the equipment you need.

Opening its doors in 1990, Pro-Tainer’s objective was to serve the refuse disposal and recycling industry with products that were affordable, well-made, and versatile. Within two years, Pro-Tainer had become a viable force in the industry. By consistently establishing high quality standards and expanding the product line, they have maintained their lead. Pro-Tainer products are all federally approved and available on DOD and GSA contracts.

On October 15, 1996, the sixth year of business, Pro-Tainer, Inc. was honored statewide as one of Minnesota’s leading new industries. By maintaining their commitment to product quality and customer service, Pro-Tainer, Inc. promises to be a leader for many years to come.

On October 1, 2001, Pro-Tainer, Inc. moved its manufacturing facility to a new location in the Alexandria Industrial Park providing employees with a state of the art working environment along with new sandblasting and paint booths. Shane and Shaynen Schmidt, the company’s owners, are dedicated to employee team structures. This guarantees customer satisfaction and quality product lines.

In July 2005, Pro-Tainer Inc. added an exciting new addition at the ownership level with Shaynen Schmidt (son of Shane) joining Shane as Vice-President. This father-son team has many new ideas to add to Pro-Tainer equipment for yet another generation. Pro-Tainer Inc. still values customer satisfaction and quality product lines as it says: At Pro-Tainer, it’s not what you haul… It’s How You Haul It!

On January 6, 2009 Pro-Tainer Inc. acquired Geneva Recycling Products expanding their current market and product line. Along with refuse and recycling equipment Pro-Tainer will offer a line of Tow-A-Toilets.

Shane & Shaynen Schmidt, Owners

Left to Right: Shane & Shaynen Schmidt, Owners

P.O. Box 427
1301 36th Ave W
Alexandria, MN 56308


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I would like to thank you for the excellent product your company produces. Recently, the City of Modesto purchased two recycling trailers and we are extremely happy with the finished product. I did an extensive internet search and it was clear that Pro-Tainer was a leader in the industry and someone I wanted to do business with.

In addition to your exceptional product, it was your company employee Trevor that made the decision an easy one to go with Pro-Tainer. His professionalism and commitment to creating exactly what I was looking for was truly amazing. He took the time not only to listen to what I wanted to see for Modesto, but he made himself available for updates, design changes and address any concerns I might have. The process from start to finish was an easy one and very much appreciated.

Trevor and I had an easy rapport and I can honestly say it was because he believes in the product and the company he works for. He didn’t just sell me the recycling trailers and move on; he followed the entire project until he was comfortable that I was 100% satisfied. He is definitely an asset to Pro-Tainer.

Of course, I don’t want to leave out LeeAnn. Her creative talents and ongoing patience with my thought process to create an education piece was very much appreciated. I’m not sure how many proofs she sent me, but with each change or addition she understood exactly what I wanted and made it happen. These recycling trailers will be a show piece for Modesto for a very long time and will help us continue to work towards zero waste in our community.

If you ever need a testimonial or a letter of recommendation for future clients, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Trevor, LeeAnn and of course the construction crew helped make our vision a reality as we continue to teach people about the ongoing benefits of recycling and that it is everyone’s responsibility to preserve our resources. Please extend my sincere thanks and appreciation.

Vicki Rice, Recycling Program Coordinator

Vicki Rice, Recycling Program Coordinator


Call Pro-Tainer Recycling Trailers Today at 320-763-7550 or toll free at 1-800-248-7761