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Old 09-21-2005, 10:27 PM
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Did you know Trugreen/Chemlawn has stock?

You can invest in their company under the symbol SVM. It is a part of Service Master. The company is worth 4 billion!!!

The ServiceMaster Company provides various services to residential and commercial customers primarily in the United States and Canada. The company operates in five segments: TruGreen, Terminix, American Home Shield, American Residential Services and American Mechanical Services, and Other Operations. The TruGreen segment provides lawn care services and landscape maintenance services under the TruGreen ChemLawn and TruGreen LandCare brand names. The Terminix segment offers termite and pest control services under the Terminix brand name. The American Home Shield segment provides home warranty contracts for systems and appliances, and home inspection services under the American Home Shield and AmeriSpec brand names. It offers residential customers with contracts to repair or replace electrical, plumbing, central heating and central air conditioning systems, and hot water heaters and appliances. The American Residential Services and American Mechanical Services segment provides plumbing, drain cleaning, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and electrical services under the ARS Service Express, American Mechanical Services, and Rescue Rooter brand names. The Other Operations segment provides residential and commercial disaster restoration and cleaning services under the ServiceMaster and ServiceMaster Clean brand names, domestic house cleaning services under the Merry Maids brand name, and on-site furniture repair and restoration services under the Furniture Medic brand name. The company provided its services through a network of approximately 5,400 company-owned and franchised service centers, and business units, as of December 31, 2004. It offers its services in Denmark, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Spain, and has licensing arrangements to provide certain of its services primarily in Asia and the Middle East, Canada, and France. ServiceMaster was founded by Marion E. Wade in 1929 and is based in Downers Grove, Illinois.
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Old 09-21-2005, 10:51 PM
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I know the owner of the area servicemaster franchise, he's had it for 27 years with 2 partners that he just bought out about a year ago.
He has a protected area under the franchise and owns 2 other companies that go along with it's services.
It's not a bad business I guess, he's doing quite well for himself.
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