OE Expands Cleaning Business with ServiceMaster Franchise

By: Opportunity Enterprises Last Updated: October 7, 2009

For the past 15 years, Opportunity Enterprises (OE) has been providing commercial cleaning services to businesses throughout Northwest Indiana. Beginning this month, the organization’s successful janitorial branch will be even stronger.

OE announced on Oct. 1 that it has become a franchisee of ServiceMaster, a national company that has been in the cleaning business for more than 50 years. The move will help OE continue to meet its high standards in the janitorial industry by providing the best staffing, training, equipment and products available.

OE Chief Financial Officer Randy Hurst said this was a logical move in continuing to meet the goals of growth and development for the organization.

“We are excited to join the ServiceMaster brand as a franchisee,” he said. “We are now better equipped for exponential growth in service quality and coverage in Porter, Lake, and LaPorte counties.”

ServiceMaster by OE Manager Judy Woodrick added that the decision to franchise was made to provide the best possible services to current customers while continuing to expand the clientele in Northwest Indiana.

“Our customer base has come to depend on us as the most reliable and efficient cleaning service in the area,” she said. “ServiceMaster will help us continue to build on that reputation. The potential for growth is very exciting.”

Hurst added that ServiceMaster would provide the opportunity for clients at OE to become full employees with standard wages and benefits. This exemplifies OE’s mission of creating sustainable life choices and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

“Most importantly, ServiceMaster’s mission and values align with OE’s,” Hurst said. “The people we serve and train as employees of ServiceMaster by OE are our most important resource and concern. Changing the lives of our employees is our product, high quality janitorial and specialty cleaning is the by-product.”

About Opportunity Enterprises, Inc.
Opportunity Enterprises is a not-for-profit organization that creates sustainable life choices for individuals with challenges and disabilities. Since 1967, OE has provided quality employment, enrichment, and residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities. More than 1,000 children and adults throughout Northwest Indiana receive services on an annual basis.

About ServiceMaster
ServiceMaster Clean professionals are part of the ServiceMaster family, one of the world's largest and most versatile service networks with locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as 14 countries around the world. Each year, the company serves 10.5 million homes and businesses in the United States.