April 20, 2011 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – The economy is bouncing back, and Americans are ready to invest in their homes. According to a recent report from Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, remodeling expenditures are expected to increase at a rate of 3.5 percent annually between 2010 and 2015. That means more home improvement projects and higher demand for service professionals. This is especially true for products homeowners cannot easily install themselves, like windows, custom mirrors, and glass shower and tub enclosures.
More than 175 Glass Doctor franchises specialize in these home improvement services. Now the company is looking for dedicated professionals who are interested in franchise territory opportunities in Boston, Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and San Diego.
From windows to windshields to storefronts, Glass Doctor is a leading full-service glass services brand that offers mobile residential, automotive and commercial glass services to the U.S. and Canada. Glass Doctor also offers custom glass services, including tub and shower enclosures, entry door glass and mirrors. As the number of home improvement projects increase in the rebounding economy, custom glass services have become an important diversification opportunity for established glass shops and newcomers to the glass business.
Whether new or experienced in the glass industry, Glass Doctor franchise owners and their teams have the opportunity to improve their business and technical skills. Glass Doctor offers the most in-depth training in the industry, including online training classes and a seven-day, hands-on training course at Glass Doctor University Training Center in Waco. There new franchise owners learn the latest glass repair technology, customer service techniques, business software and marketing methods, in addition to basic glass cutting and installation techniques.
Glass Doctor is committed to continuous improvement of operations, training and development of team members and growth of its businesses. From service calls to marketing, the company built its business system to maximize results. Glass Doctor franchises operate on a set of core values founded on customer service, job quality and professionalism.
In 2011, Entrepreneur magazine named Glass Doctor No. 167 on its annual "Franchise 500" list, 73 spots higher than the previous year. The company also ranked No. 1 in the "Misc.—Home Services" category, No. 97 on the "Fastest Growing Franchises" list, and No. 132 on "America's Top Global Franchises" list this year. Known as the world's first, best and most comprehensive list of franchises, Entrepreneur bases its ranking on financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.
Glass Doctor was established in 1962 with a shop in Seattle, Wash. The company began franchising in 1977, and in 1998 joined The Dwyer Group, Inc.®, an international franchisor of service industry companies. At that time, the company's corporate headquarters relocated to Waco. Today there are more than 175 Glass Doctor franchise owners at more than 275 locations across the U.S. and Canada.