June 3, 2009, St. Louis, Missouri...St. Louis-based Stratus Building Solutions, the nation's fastest-growing international brand in the building services and maintenance franchise industry, has expanded operations into its 20th U.S. state by awarding a new Master Franchise to Paul L. Knutson in Omaha, Nebraska, called Stratus Building Solutions of Omaha, Inc.
A highly-respected corporate business executive whose experience includes senior management positions at major companies in Nebraska and Wisconsin, Knutson will operate Stratus Building Solutions from headquarters at 6910 Pacific Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68106. Telephone: 402.884.4004.
Mr. Knutson, who earned a Masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Nebraska, said, "I am very pleased to be the newest Master Franchisor in Stratus Building Solutions' growing network of successful building services and maintenance operations.
"As president of Stratus Building Solutions of Omaha, I am optimistic about creating new jobs and contributing to the regional economy by establishing new unit franchises to serve building owners and managers in greater Omaha," he added.
Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, "Paul Knutson has an excellent reputation in Omaha's business community and an impressive professional background in human resource management, facilities management and corporate communications.
"Paul's leadership skills and corporate business experience are assets for Omaha's business community and for our company. We welcome Paul to Stratus Building Solutions' growing family."
Pete Frese, President of Stratus Building Solutions, said, "Paul Knutson and Stratus Building Solutions of Omaha complement our company's expansion into 20 U.S. states and the recent expansion of our brand into Canada since our company was founded in 2004. We look forward to making new friends and business associates in the greater Omaha metropolitan area."
Financial terms of the agreement with Stratus Building Solutions of Omaha were not disclosed.
Stratus Building Solutions won four "top ten" spots in Entrepreneur magazine's 30th Annual Franchise 500® ranking published in the January 2009 edition. Jarrett and Frese founded Stratus Building Solutions after each worked as top corporate executives for more than ten years in commercial cleaning franchise industries.
Early in May 2009, Stratus Building Solutions of Canada was established to serve all ten provinces in that nation. Stratus Building Solutions currently has U.S. operations in Connecticut, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee. The company's near-term plans include expansion into Texas and in Europe.
Stratus Building Solutions offers 16 different building service franchise plans providing state-of-the-art "environmentally green" cleaning systems, products, services and marketing support. These include the "Stratus GreenClean" program which uses environmentally-friendly products and services to help sustain healthier, more productive facilities. Also, the firm offers an exclusive "Stratus Sani-Proof" program that kills bacteria, including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), and other germs found in schools, health clubs, daycare centers, gyms, dormitories, medical offices and hospitals.
Stratus Affiliated Services, LLC, a division of Stratus Building Solutions, provides landscaping, energy audits, recycling, pest control, hard-surface cleaning, and related services to complement the company's successful building service franchise programs.
Stratus Building Solutions franchise benefits include orientation and training; customer referrals; administrative and accounting support; pre-arranged credit lines; access to insurance and surety bonds, financing options, business reviews; promotional support; and other turn-key advantages. The firm's headquarters are at 1976 Innerbelt Business Center Drive in suburban St. Louis, Missouri.
For more information, please see the website http://www.stratusclean.com/ or call Stratus Building Solutions at 314.731.2000 or toll-free at 877.731.2020.
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