Stratus Building Solutions Introducing New Affliated Services Division

April 21, 2008 // Franchising.com // - St. Louis, Missouri...Stratus Building Solutions, the St. Louis-based franchisor of retail-commercial-industrial building cleaning service franchises nationwide, is launching a new division called Stratus Affiliated Services, LLC to provide landscaping, energy audits, recycling, pest control, hard-surface cleaning, and other services to expand and complement the company's successful service franchise programs.

Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, "Stratus Affiliated Services exponentially expands our commercial cleaning and maintenance programs available to all of our franchisors and clients across the United States, and satisfies the industry's needs for 'one-stop-shop' availability of complete maintenance services.

"Stratus Affiliated Services is a strategic business expansion for our growing company, representing a significant investment in new equipment, employee training, product support, marketing and other capital assets," said Jarrett. "To our knowledge, Stratus Building Solutions is the first national commercial cleaning and maintenance services franchisor to introduce such a full complement of integrated services to meet the needs of today's building owners and managers," Jarrett added.

Stratus Affiliated Services will debut in select markets in July 2008, with national availability to Master Franchisors starting later this year. Pete Frese, President of Stratus Building Solutions, is CEO of Stratus Affiliated Services, LLC. Bill Blair, Vice President-Master Development at Stratus Building Solutions, is President of the new division. Initially, Stratus Affiliated Services will include these categories:

  • Landscaping for corporate, commercial and industrial real estate, from grounds maintenance to "hard-scape" maintenance
  • Energy audits and maintenance of building lighting systems, including internal and external lighting
  • Recycling services, including pickup, removal and appropriate "green" disposal of paper, computer equipment, plastics and debris
  • Hard-floor care for commercial, industrial, corporate buildings and campuses
  • Pest control services for commercial, industrial and corporate buildings, as well as campuses

Pete Frese said, "We listened to our clients and, also, to our Master Franchisors and their unit franchisees before electing to make the capital investment necessary to introduce this comprehensive level of maintenance services. Our clients are looking for cost-efficiency and high quality from a sole source of complete maintenance services. Stratus Building Solutions is providing what the market wants."

Bill Blair said, "We are confident that Stratus Affiliated Services will be in demand by our franchisors and clients, based on results of test programs in St. Louis and requests from franchisors who seek availability of these value-added maintenance programs. The availability of integrated cleaning and building maintenance services is a true innovation in our industry. "

Stratus Building Solutions was founded by Jarrett and Frese in 2004 after both served as top executives in the cleaning services franchise industry for more than a decade. Their company is lauded in news media for its expansion and increasing growth.

Stratus Building Solutions currently offers franchises in California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. The firm's headquarters are at 1976 Innerbelt Business Center Drive in St. Louis.

The firm offers 16 cleaning service franchise plans providing state-of-the-art "environmentally green" cleaning systems, products, services and marketing support. The firm recently introduced the "Stratus GreenClean" program which uses environmentally-friendly products and services to help sustain healthier, more productive facilities. Also, the firm introduced a new program called "Stratus Sani-Proof" that kills bacteria, including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), and germs found in schools, health clubs, daycare centers, gyms, dormitories, medical offices and hospitals.

Stratus Building Solutions franchise benefits include orientation and training; customer referrals; administrative and accounting support; pre-arranged credit lines; access to insurance and surety bonds, financing options, business reviews; promotional support; and other turn-key advantages.

For more information, please see the website www.stratusclean.com or call Stratus Building Solutions at 314.731.2000 or toll-free at 877.731.2020.

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