1-800-JunkPro Continues To Clean Up During Covid-19
In 1999, Mike and Misty Davis launched a simple family business with just a truck and a trailer as a way for the husband-and-wife team to make a little extra money on the side. In 2016, the company turned to franchising to spur growth.
Today their company, Wichita-based 1-800-JunkPro, offers both junk removal and dumpster rentals through 9 locations in Kansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Junk removal is a lucrative field, part of a $50 billion industry fueled primarily by homeowners moving or remodeling, but also by the needs of offices and commercial businesses. To put it in perspective, 1-800-JunkPro removes more than 22 million pounds of junk through its franchised locations each year (that’s 11,000 tons!). Not all of it goes into landfills: the company tries to donate or recycle as much of the collected materials as it can.
“We have become a throwaway society; people have more and more to dispose of,” says CEO Mike Davis. “We want to meet those needs better than anybody else.”
Homeowners are the company’s bread and butter. That’s why Davis says the company puts such an emphasis on customer service. “If we take care of our customers and we take care of our franchise partners, the growth of our company will take care of itself.”
Bring on the junk!
How has Covid-19 affected the way you have led your brand?
It hasn’t changed how I lead the team. Covid was just another hurdle for us to get through. It was a big hurdle to be sure, but we treat it just like any other obstacle placed in our path. We quickly assessed what was needed to keep our business moving forward and then we pivoted, adapted, and made the changes required to lose as little momentum as possible. As always, we expected to win, together.
How has the economy changed your goals for your company?
It hasn’t. We won’t move the target and we won’t accept a participation trophy. We had to pivot and change a lot as a company last year, but we still grew by 14%. This year, I expect to grow by over 40%. That being said, we’re fortunate to have been an essential business. I feel terrible for the companies who have been struggling to get by with their hands tied behind their back.
What can we expect from your company in the next 12 to 18 months?
To put it simply, you can expect more. More happy customers being served by more happy team members at more 1-800-JunkPro locations in more states. The sky is the limit.
What are your long-term goals for the company?
I want 1-800-JunkPro to be a household name in every state.
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