Environmental Solutions & Services, Inc. was founded in 1995 by Paul Taylor and Ron Goerne in Savoy, IL. Paul and Ron believed there was a niche for a company to provide solutions for Indoor Air Quality Monitoring, Duct Cleaning and Environmentally Sensitive Janitorial Service in Central Illinois.
After a couple of very difficult years and financial struggles, Ron left the company in 1997 and Paul took over. The Duct Cleaning and the Indoor Air Quality Monitoring was a tough sell, but the janitorial services really began to take hold. There was a need in Central Illinois for a professional, consistent, high-quality janitorial service. Many customers saw the benefits of using environmentally favored cleaning products and methods to clean their facilities. With a focus on workforce productivity, building owners and managers recognized the workplace health and productivity benefits of a sound cleaning service.
In 1999, ESS surpassed $1,000,000 in revenues and moved to a larger facility in Urbana, IL. The operations portion of the business became more than Paul could handle on his own, so Terry Patton was hired as Operations Manager. Jacob Shaw took over as Operations Manager in 2015.
The first few years in business were difficult in many ways. Staying above water financially was always a concern as the company had accumulated a significant amount of debt. After many years of financial struggles, ESS became 100% debt free in 2002. “Operate Debt Free” is one of ESS’s Core Values, and ESS remains debt free today.
Geographic growth throughout Central Illinois has been a part of the company vision since day one. In 2004, ESS opened a branch office in Effingham to better serve the South Central Illinois Region. The Effingham Branch provides services in Effingham, Mattoon, Charleston, Paris, Newton, Arcola and other local towns. Brittany Babbs is Branch Manager.