Stratus Building Solutions Expands Franchising to Ventura County, California

December 17, 2008 // Franchising.com // - St. Louis, Missouri...Stratus Building Solutions is continuing its national expansion by awarding a Master Franchise to Stratus Building Solutions of Ventura County, Inc., a new building service and maintenance franchisor with headquarters in Simi Valley, the company announced. California business entrepreneurs Jim Parell and his wife Tinee are owner/operators of the new Master Franchise.

Stratus Building Solutions of Ventura County, with offices at 3355 Cochran Street-Suite 202, Simi Valley, California, 93063, can be reached by calling 805.915.9868. The new business complements Stratus Building Solutions' Master Franchise operations in 14 other states, and a Master Franchise in Los Angeles County which opened in March, 2008.

Mr. Parell said, "Stratus Building Solutions of Ventura County plans to aggressively start new building service franchise businesses and create jobs by helping franchisees provide environmentally-friendly maintenance services to building owners and managers.

"We will exclusively offer Stratus Building Solutions sub-franchise units for sale so entrepreneurs can provide contract cleaning services for retail, commercial, industrial, multi-family and professional buildings based on Stratus Building Solutions' successful model," he said.

Stratus Building Solutions of Ventura County will hire several employees immediately, and plans to establish multiple sub-franchise operations to serve the region in 2009. Financial terms with Stratus Building Solutions were not disclosed.

Mr. Parell has competed in several "Ironman" and "Ultra Marathon" events. He is a world traveler who previously was vice president-sales for a garment company. Tinee is a native of Manila, Philippines, who has lived in the U.S. for many years, and previously worked as a legal secretary. The Parells have been married three years and have one daughter.

Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, "We welcome Jim and Tinee Parell to Stratus Building Solutions' family of successful franchisors across the United States. This new Master Franchise will complement our company's presence in California established last March with the opening of Stratus Building Solutions of Los Angeles County in Encino.

"All of our franchisees provide recession-resistant building services with a reputation for superior quality, employee excellence and environmental responsibility. We are very optimistic about our new relationship with Stratus Building Solutions of Ventura County."

Pete Frese, President of Stratus Building Solutions, said, "Jim and Tinee Parell are hard-working entrepreneurs committed to growing a franchise that will make a positive difference in Ventura County's business community. Their dedication and enthusiasm are inspirational to our company and Stratus Building Solutions franchisees across the nation."

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

Stratus Affiliated Services, LLC, a division of Stratus Building Solutions, provides landscaping, energy audits, recycling, pest control, hard-surface cleaning, and related services to complement the company's successful building service franchise programs.

Stratus Building Solutions currently offers franchises in Connecticut, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Mexico, with 2009 expansion plans. Frese and Jarrett founded Stratus Building Solutions after each worked as top corporate executives for more than ten years in commercial cleaning franchise industries.

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. The firm's headquarters are at 1976 Innerbelt Business Center Drive in suburban St. Louis, Missouri.

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