updated - May 22, 2013 Wednesday EDT
Servpro Industries, Inc. is a franchisor for more than 1,500 fire and water cleanup and restoration franchises in 48 states in the USA. The company is headquartered in Gallatin, Tennessee. Servpro franchises offer a range of residential and commercial cleaning and restoration services, including carpet cleaning, hardwood floors, HVAC systems, upholstery and more.
Ted and Doris Isaacson launched Servpro in 1967 as a painting business in Sacramento, California. With a background in cleaning and restoration, Ted and Doris changed the direction of the company, becoming a franchisor of cleanup and restoration services.
After selling their first franchise in 1969 Servpro acquired the Bristol-Myers Domesticare Division and its 175 Franchises in 1979. Servpro relocated their corporate headquarters from Sacramento to Gallatin, Tenn., in 1988, placing itself within 600 miles (970 km) of 50 percent of the U.S. population. At the time of the relocation, the Servpro system consisted of 647 Franchises.
In 1991 the Nashville Business Journal named Servpro the Small Business of the Year. The company sold its 1,000th Franchise in 2000. In 2005, Servpro moved to a 106,000-square-foot (9,800 m2), facility in Gallatin to provide more room for expansion.
More than 1,500 franchises are in operation nationwide, and Servpro continues to grow despite a difficult economic climate.
Every year since 2004, Servpro has been ranked #1 in the Restoration Services category by Entrepreneur Magazine.
In 2009, Dunn and Bradstreet ranked Servpro #9 in the Best Franchise Opportunity for all categories of franchises.
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