Environment Control, a Southern California janitorial service chain, said Thursday that it expects to move its headquarters to Coeur d’Alene during the next two years.
About 35 people initially will be employed at Environment Control’s new headquarters, said Tim Keaty, an assistant vice president of operations. Approximately twothirds of the company’s work force will be hired locally.
“After the fire, floods and a bad economy, we thought it would be nice to get out of Southern California,” Keaty said. “All the benefits are up there; we’re going to move.”
Environment Control has purchased about 2.5 acres in the Silver Lake Office Park, a complex surrounding the Hecla Mining Co. headquarters on Highway 95. Construction could begin as soon as this summer, Keaty said.
Plans call for a 20,000- to 25,000-square-foot building, which is 25 percent larger than Environment Control’s office in Anaheim, Calif. The company has hired Coeur d’Alene architect John Eixenberger to design the building.
Founded 30 years ago by owner Daryl Kraft, Environment Control currently has franchise offices in 28 states. The chain specializes in cleaning commercial office and retail buildings.
Company headquarters provide support to franchise owners by handling billing, payroll, taxes and other services. Officials declined to disclose annual sales and payroll.
“If there was a more perfect company to come here, I couldn’t find it,” said Bob Potter, president of Coeur d’Alenebased Jobs Plus, which recruited Environment Control. “It’s a first-class company and very well thought of. I’m really proud of this.”
Potter said he first met Environment Control two years ago, meeting with every employee and conducting multiple visits to company headquarters and Kraft’s home.
Environment Control officials were looking for a site that would lower their business cost and provide a better environment for employees and their families, Potter said.
After a two-year absence, Environment Control’s franchise in Spokane was reactivated last fall when independent businessmen Stan Dotzler and James Wise bought the franchise rights and began bidding contracts. There is no franchise owner in Coeur d’Alene.