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"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
The lawn-care experts at Greenway LawnCare arrive ready to beautify residential grounds with ease. Once onsite, the crew sets to work mowing overgrown grass, trimming hedges, and scaling ladders to clear leaves from gutters. When dealing with fragile areas such as flower gardens, they demonstrate their attention to detail by putting down their equipment and pulling weeds by hand, leaving precious buds untouched. In addition, they also lay down layers of pine bark and red mulch to feed and protect roots.
"Making your life and workplace cleaner one job at a time.” This simple slogan captures the spirit of Kleenworks, whose management team brings nearly a decade of experience to each job. The team's management technique has birthed a straightforward but detailed 50-point checklist that governs each household-cleaning session. By using this checklist, the staff gives homeowners a clear picture of how long they can expect the cleaning to take. Kleenworks’ comprehensive commercial services, including construction cleanup and day-porter services, make it possible for Jacksonville businesses to get things done without missing a beat, which, after a bee you’re swatting with a copy of Bee Movie, is the worst thing to miss.
In his former role as a C-130 crew chief in the air force, Bryan Ruiz fostered a keen eye for details. Now, Ruiz and his team of licensed and insured handymen draw on his hard-earned focus and discipline as they apply the "one customer at a time" approach to residential and commercial work.
Technicians at 1st Coast Painting & More can also perform a range of home-maintenance services. The company's pressure cleanings purge homes, driveways, and sidewalks; drywall services add finishing touches to rooms; and crown-molding installation can help dens feel less inferior to master bedrooms.
Homeowners breathe easier after visits from Chase Air—literally. One of the business's signature services is installing UV air cleansers, which go above and below air-conditioning coils to reduce or eliminate allergens and bacteria in homes. To keep HVAC systems pumping this healthful air through homes, the company's licensed technicians use 35-point air-conditioning and 26-point furnace checklists, which help them ensure the systems’ wires and blades are all working properly and the hamsters running the motors have enough yogurt.
But Chase Air didn't receive customer-service awards for four years in a row from Angie's List merely for providing immaculate AC and heating inspections. It became a fan favorite because its technicians also handle advanced services including green ductwork and installations of Frigidaire iQ Drive pumps, which are more energy efficient than conventional heat pumps. Chase Air selects the technicians who handle these services carefully, often helping them develop their skills through the company's own apprenticeship program.