Taking It To The Streets

Air-Duct and Garbage-Chute Cleaning

As the importance of clean indoor air becomes more evident, many office-building owners and homeowners have begun to see the necessity of clean air ducts, vents and laundry and garbage chutes. At the Fairfield, New Jersey, company 1-800-Chute-Me, they take the job of cleaning out dirty vents and garbage chutes seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the company's owner and founder, Joel Greenberg, created a special chute-cleaning machine with a 360-degree rotating head and a hydraulic control that can stretch up and down 35 stories, removing pounds of sludge and debris. Greenberg's start-up costs were high--between $100,000 and $200,000, primarily because of the machinery. He has reaped the benefits in phenomenal business. Greenberg opened 1-800-Chute-Me in June 1996, generating about $20,000 to $40,000 in sales each month. By March 1997, he was bringing in $100,000 per month. Greenberg will soon franchise his procedure and his equipment

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This article was originally published in the August 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Taking It To The Streets.

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