City of Scranton, Pennsylvania Signs Three-Year Smart City Contract with Rubicon

Rubicon’s products to be installed in entire solid waste and recycling fleet to digitize operations and use real-time data to drive greater efficiency

Atlanta, Georgia, UNITED STATES


Lexington, Kentucky, April 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rubicon Technologies, LLC (“Rubicon” or the “Company”), a digital marketplace for waste and recycling and provider of innovative software-based solutions for businesses and governments worldwide, today announced that it has entered into a three-year smart city partnership with the City of Scranton, Pennsylvania (the “City”) to help enhance its residential waste and recycling services.

RUBICONSmartCity™ is a proprietary, cloud-based technology suite that helps city governments run faster, smarter, and more effective waste, recycling, and heavy-duty municipal fleet operations. The platform includes a mobile app, an onboard data collection device, and a web-based portal. The City of Scranton’s goal is to digitize operations and gather and analyze real-time data to optimize its recurring solid waste and recycling routes. As the sixth-largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Scranton boasts a population of nearly 80,000 residents, and its fleet provides residential waste collection services for roughly 26,000 locations.

“Rubicon’s smart city technology will drive meaningful progress within Scranton’s public works operations,” said Paige Cognetti, Mayor of Scranton. “Digitizing our operations has been a long time coming, and we look forward to working with Rubicon to utilize the data and insights that these processes will reveal, generating opportunities for greater efficiencies in our overall daily workflow and service delivery for our residents.”

The RUBICONSmartCity manager portal will collect data and analytics, providing the City with route updates, daily reporting, and operational insights, leading to more efficient operations, improved service for citizens, and critical cost savings. RUBICONPro™, a complementary product offering, helps private waste and recycling haulers deliver best-in-class customer service to commercial and residential customers through a similar feature set.

“Cities across the United States are reimagining their waste and recycling operations. Working with Rubicon, they can refine processes, improve services for residents, and save taxpayer dollars,” said Nate Morris, Chairman and CEO of Rubicon. “Cities like Scranton are critical in helping to achieve a smart city vision that includes all corners of our country, beyond the coasts and outside of the biggest cities. We applaud the City's leadership for its commitment to continuous improvement and look forward to a long and productive partnership.”

In 2021, RUBICONSmartCity was listed in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards in the “AI & Data” and “Spaces, Places, and Cities” categories, and it won the Capital Finance International (CFI) Best SaaS Smart City Solutions Award. In December 2021, Amazon produced a documentary featuring RUBICONSmartCity and its work with the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico entitled, “The Road to Zero Waste.”

“The City of Scranton has committed to transforming its government operations during the past few years and we are thrilled to play a role in helping the City's leadership execute on its vision to deliver better, faster, and more affordable core public services,” said Michael Allegretti, Chief Strategy Officer at Rubicon. “Scranton demonstrates that cities of any size can be a part of the smart city movement and benefit from the gains delivered by innovative technology partnerships.”

RUBICONSmartCity has been rolled out in over 70 cities across the United States, including Asheville, NC; Baltimore, MD; Columbus, OH; Durham, NC; Fort Collins, CO; Fort Smith, AR; Glendale, AZ; Greenville, NC; Hartford, CT; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; Memphis, TN; Montgomery, AL; Santa Fe, NM; San Antonio, TX; Savannah, GA; Spokane, WA; and Roseville, CA. The solution is available to purchase on Sourcewell, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace, the HGACBuy consortium, and Marketplace.city.

About Rubicon

Rubicon is a digital marketplace for waste and recycling, and provider of innovative software-based solutions for businesses and governments worldwide. Creating a new industry standard by using technology to drive environmental innovation, the Company helps turn businesses into more sustainable enterprises, and neighborhoods into greener and smarter places to live and work. Rubicon’s mission is to end waste. It helps its partners find economic value in their waste streams and confidently execute on their sustainability goals. Learn more at Rubicon.com.

Rubicon previously announced an agreement for a business combination with Founder SPAC ("Founder") (Nasdaq: FOUN), which is expected to result in Rubicon becoming a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the new ticker symbol “RBT” in the second quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.

About Founder SPAC

Founder is a blank check company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses. While Founder is not limited to a particular industry or geographic region, the company focuses on businesses within the technology sector, with a specific focus on the theme of Digital Transformation. Founder is led by CEO Osman Ahmed, CFO Manpreet Singh, and Executive Chairman Hassan Ahmed. The company’s independent directors include Jack Selby, Steve Papa, Allen Salmasi, and Rob Theis. Sponsor and advisor, Nikhil Kalghatgi, leads the company’s advisory board.

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Founder cautions that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. Although Founder believes the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, nothing in this press release should be regarded as a representation by any person that the forward-looking statements or projections set forth herein will be achieved or that any of the contemplated results of such forward-looking statements or projections will be achieved. There may be additional risks that Founder and Rubicon presently do not know of or that they currently believe are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Founder cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Neither Founder nor Rubicon undertakes any duty to update these forward-looking statements, except as otherwise required by law.

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