DUCTBUSTERS® and DUCTZ Air Duct Cleaning® Merge
ANN ARBOR, MI, July 17, 2006 – DUCTZ International president John Rotche, formally announced the merger of DUCTZ with Ductbusters, the leader in indoor air quality systems.
The contract was signed Wednesday, June 28, at DUCTZ headquarters in Ann Arbor. DUCTZ founder, John Rotche, and Ductbusters CEO, Tom Yacobellis, will serve in dual-leadership roles in the new company.
“John and I began talking about a symbiotic relationship shortly after the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) convention in February. We felt from the beginning that we matched up well and that we could be great partners.”
“DUCTZ brings significant strengths to our new venture including their National Service Team concept; their proven systems; and, the financial commitment, franchise-building expertise, and wealth of resources from parent company Service Brands International,” said Yacobellis. “The beneficiary of this combined company will certainly be our franchisees as well as the air duct cleaning industry as a whole.”
“Tom Yacobellis is a giant in our industry. From past president of the Indoor Air Quality Association, to establishing standards for NADCA, to holding a patent on cleaning air-conditioning systems, we’re fortunate to have Tom’s experience, reputation and management skills to help grow our ‘new and improved’ franchise opportunity. With 30 plus Ductbusters, along with our 15 DUCTZ locations, our new company has a tremendous opportunity to help build the air duct cleaning category,” said Rotche.
Both DUCTZ and Ductbusters have considerable experience in mobilizing large #’s of technicians and equipment virtually anywhere across the country. The two companies had over 100 technicians working within 20 miles of one another in New Orleans, LA after Katrina, unaware that they would soon be merged together as one new company.
Service Brands International, the parent company of DUCTZ, also owns Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman, 1-800-DryClean and Certified Restoration Dry-cleaning Network and opens, on average, one new business every business day of the year. DUCTZ anticipates opening over 400 additional units over the next five years. DUCTZ market development plans will include sourcing from franchise brokers, bolt-on business to mechanical contractors, as well as possible conversions from select, reputable duct cleaning companies.
The Service Brands International portfolio also includes these unique and affordable franchise concepts:
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