ESS Clean, Inc. is proud to serve Central Illinois and Indiana.  We are committed to our Team, our Customers and our Community.

Our Mission

At ESS Clean, Inc. Our Mission is to:

  • Provide every customer with a clean, healthy, safe and productive workplace.
  • Utilize the most effective, environmentally friendly methods and technology.
  • Hire, train, develop and promote honest people, providing tools to improve their quality of life.

Core Values

Core Values are the Principles that drive a company’s actions and relations with employees, customers, vendors, and the outside world. At ESS, we have decided to hold fast to our Core Values no matter what.  Whether we are in Illinois or California, if we are cleaning toilets or constructing buildings, we will adhere to our values. ESS Clean, Inc. Core Values:

  • Honesty!
  • Improve the Lives of our Team
  • Provide the Best Value
  • Always Get the Job Done
  • Operate Debt Free
  • Have fun

History

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.

ESS grew to over 140 employees in 2005 and it became apparent that Paul could no longer handle all of the hiring and Human Resources duties.  Tammy Eckart was hired as Director of Human Resources to fill the gap.  Today, the Human Resources Team consists of Lorianne Bauer, HR & Safety Director, Julianna Huck, Director of Employment,  Kim Kopp and April Blair, HR Coordinators.  The HR Team does a great job of hiring for and maintaining a positive culture throughout the organization.

While ESS had no customers in Bloomington in 2007 it was apparent that Bloomington, IL was a vibrant, growing business community that could benefit from a high quality, professional Contract Cleaning Company.  ESS opened a Branch Office in Bloomington during the fall of 2007.  Kevin Copass was hired as Branch Manager.  Today, Kevin has over 75  people on his Team serving the Bloomington-Normal area.

In 2011, ESS opened a Branch Office in Decatur, IL, who is managed by Bob Monteith.  In 2018, ESS Clean expanded into Indianapolis with the acquisition of Crystal Clear Commercial Cleaning.  Pam Kregers was hired as Branch Manager.

The ESS Team has continued to provide the highest quality, most consistent contract cleaning service in Central Illinois.  As a result, revenues have increased every year since 1995, averaging 9% annual growth for the past 10 years, with a better than 95% customer retention rate.

In 2009, Environmental Solutions & Services, Inc. changed its name to ESS Clean, Inc., to reflect the primary purpose of the company.

Our Team

Mike Alsmeyer
Mike AlsmeyerFirst Shift Supervisor
Mike joined the ESS team after 30 years in the restaurant and service industries. As First Shift Supervisor, he is responsible for supervision of day porters and 1st shift project work. When he is not at work, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife, Sherri, his stepdaughters, Heather and Brooke, and his four grandchildren. Mike also plays guitar and he enjoys grilling and bike riding.

Brittany Babbs
Brittany BabbsEffingham Branch Manager
Brittany is the Branch Manager for the Effingham & Mattoon areas. She has been with ESS Clean since February 2009. She started as a part-time cleaner and then moved to an Area Manager position in February 2010. In August of 2018, she was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager. Brittany is from Oblong, IL and loves spending time with her husband, Jeremy, two sons, Tucker and Bryar, and their dogs. Her other hobbies include fishing and playing/watching a variety of sports. Brittany has an Associate’s Degree from Lincoln Trail College in Science and Arts.

Email: Brittany Babbs

Lorianne Bauer
Lorianne BauerHR & Safety Director, SHRM-SCP, PHR
Lorianne joined the ESS Team in 2012 after twelve years in the staffing business, serving clients including Procter & Gamble, Amazon, Plastipak and Solo Cup. Lorianne has a passion for community service and has been involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Eastern Illinois Foodbank, and the Annual Job Fair for Champaign County. She was a licensed Foster Parent for 10 years and also has a shih-tzu and a malti-poo she loves to spoil. Lorianne has earned the designation of SHRM-SCP (SHRM Senior Certified Professional in HR) and PHR (Professional in Human Resources). She enjoys implementing new programs and technology at ESS that have a positive impact on the company and employees.

Email: Lorianne Bauer, PHR

April Blair
April BlairBlooomington HR Coordinator
April joined ESS in January 2019 as the HR Coordinator for our Bloomington branch. She has 2 years of staffing experience and 6 years of recruiting experience, and earned her Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees from Illinois State University. After college, April and her husband stayed in Central IL where they live with their two dogs, cat, and tortoise. In her free time she trains Brazilian Jit Jitsu and relaxes at home with Netflix documentaries.

Email: April Blair

Kevin Copass
Kevin CopassBloomington Branch Manager
Kevin Copass joined the ESS Team in September, 2007, as Bloomington Branch Manager. He currently resides in Normal, IL with his wife of 30 years. Kevin has 25 years management experience ranging from food processing to distribution of children’s books and now as a BSC. Kevin and his wife Jodi were foster parents for 11 years. When he’s not working, Kevin enjoys biking and vegetable gardening. Kevin is certified as a Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician thru the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC).

Email: Kevin Copass

Sarah Dhom
Sarah DhomEffingham Area Manager
Sarah has been with ESS since November of 2014 and became a part-time Area Manager for the Effingham Branch in July, 2015. She came to ESS with previous management experience from the food and service industries. She lives in rural Jasper County with her husband Marc. She has 2 sons, Maeson and Maddox (Max), along with 2 stepchildren, Elianna and Fletcher. Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, taking care of her animals, and gardening.

Julianna Huck
Julianna HuckDirector of Employment
Julianna, who also goes by “Julie” joined the ESS Team in 2015 as Employment Manager. She has over twenty years of experience in Human Resources, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Retail Merchandising with minors in Business Administration and Marketing. Julianna has lived in Arizona, California, Tennessee, Indiana and Illinois. She loves traveling, flower gardening, crafts, decorating, reading and movies. When she is not working, Julie likes to visit her three brothers and five nieces and nephews.

Email: Julianna Huck

Billie Key
Billie KeyIndianapolis Branch Manager
Billie joined ESS Clean in November of 2018 as Area Operations Manager in our Indianapolis Branch and was promoted to Branch Manager in June of 2020. She has 13 years of experience in the industry including supervising contracts, operations and account management. Billie also has 8 years of experience in the medical field. She has her CCMA, CNA and Osha 30 certifications. Billie has 3 children and 1 very spoiled grandbaby. She loves spending time with her family as much as possible. Billie also enjoys refurbishing old furniture, hunting for antiques and playing pool in her free time.
Email: Billie Key
Pamela Kregers
Pamela KregersIndianapolis Business Development Director
Pam joined the ESS family in October of 2018 as our Branch Manager to assist with the expansion of Indianapolis and the surrounding areas of Indiana. Pam was moved to Business Development Director in June of 2020. She brings 30 plus years of operational management and sales experience, with over a decade of that time dedicated to the Building Service Contracting Industry. She has earned RBSM, CIMS, and OSHA 30 certifications. Pam and her husband of 35 years have a varied range of interests with family time, and the joy that brings, being the top priority.

Email: Pam Kregers

Ron LaVallie, Jr.
Ron LaVallie, Jr.Effingham Area Manager
Everyone calls me Joe. I started with ESS in August 2017 after spending 25 year’s in the food service industry. I was with Outback Steakhouse for 17 years, 7 years as kitchen manager and then 5 years at the Firefly Grill in Effingham as a sous chef. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, playing golf, and going to an Indianapolis Colts or Pacers game. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my daughter Emma and son Karsten.
Stephen Martin-Drain
Stephen Martin-DrainIndianapolis Area Supervisor
Stephen Martin Drain joined ESS in 2019 as a part time associate. He was promoted in 2020 to Area Supervisor in the Indianapolis Branch. Since serving in the Arm Forces. Stephen has acquired experience as a manufacturing machinist along with experience in logistics, client services & transportation. Prior to his employment with ESS he was a stay at home father for his five children. Stephen is also a mentor to inner-city youth, giving back through the arts. Stephen enjoys working out and spending quality time with his family and friends.
Mike Milne
Mike MilneBloomington Area Manager
In December of 2019, Mike joined ESS Clean, Inc., as an area manager for the Urbana Branch. He transitioned to the Bloomington Area Manager team in June of 2020. He and his wife, welcomed the birth of their first baby, a son in March 2020.
Bob Monteith
Bob MonteithDecatur Branch Manager
After 15 years managing a hotel in Decatur, Bob joined the ESS Team in 2010. He is currently Branch Manager of Decatur. Bob has a B.S. in Hotel Management from Purdue University. He has been married since 2003 and has two stepchildren. Bob has been instrumental in a new project to feed the homeless in Decatur. When he is not working, volunteering or spending time with his family, Bob enjoys studying Astronomy and Genealogy.

Email: Bob Monteith

Bob Odell
Bob OdellArea Manager
Bob Odell joined the ESS Team in 2010 as Assistant Site Manager. He was promoted to Area Manager in 2011. Bob has spent a majority of his career in management, including twelve years in swine farm management, and ten years in manufacturing supervision. Born in Paxton, IL, Bob has lived in Illinois his entire life. He has been married to Christina for eighteen years and has two teen-age boys, Tyler and Chase. Bob enjoys spending time with family and his interests include American history, politics, gardening, Christian outreach and Chief Illiniwek.

Debra Robinson
Debra RobinsonQuality Assurance Manager
After receiving her Masters Degree in Education in 2004 from Southern Illinois University, Debra became a youth instructor. She joined the ESS Team in 2012 and was quickly promoted to Area Manager. In her free time, Debra enjoys reading, walking, dancing and spending time with family and freinds. Debra looks forward to providing the best quality of service to customers and support to the ESS Team.

Jacob Shaw
Jacob ShawOperations Manager
Jacob came to ESS Clean with fifteen years of experience in Purchasing and Marketing. Jacob grew up in in the Champaign/Urbana area, graduating from Centennial High School and earning a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois. Unfortunately, Jacob is a huge Buckeye fan! He enjoys hiking, camping, grilling, and of course, watching The Ohio State football and basketball teams. Jacob is married with two daughters who both play softball and piano (not at the same time). He was also named Rib Champion for 2017 in his neighborhood annual competition!

Email: Jacob Shaw

Linda Soule
Linda SouleArea Manager
Linda has been in the cleaning business most of her life in one way or another. She joined ESS after six years as a retail floor technician and is currently Area Manager for Urbana. Linda has three grown children. They enjoy outdoor activities together, and Linda especially loves sports, cooking, and baking.

Tracy Sowers
Tracy SowersArea Manager
Tracy has been working in the contract cleaning industry for the past 25 years, 23 of those in management. She joined the ESS team as Area Manager in 2012. Tracy grew up in Urbana, IL. She enjoys spending time with her family (including “Elvis”, her 135 lb. black Labrador). She also loves fishing, swimming and gardening.

Paul Taylor
Paul TaylorPresident
Paul has been with ESS since 1995. Paul has an Engineering degree from the U of I. He has earned the designation of Certified Building Service Executive (CBSE) from the BSCAI, Green Cleaning Professional from ISSA, LEED Green Associate from the USGBC and is a Certified Workplace Trainer for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Paul is involved in the community as a member of Savoy Rotary, mentor for “TALKS” Mentoring, member of Savoy United Methodist Church and Community Coordinator for Financial Peace University. Paul likes to spend time with his wife, Andrea, and daughters Grace, Olivia and Laura. He also enjoys fishing, camping, skiing, running, biking and swimming.

Email: Paul Taylor

Peggy Tobin
Peggy TobinAccounting & Inventory Specialist
Peggy joined our team in 2014. Peggy has an accounting degree and has worked in the accounting field for 30 years which gives her the experience necessary for a variety of situations. Peggy and her husband of 27 years, Paul live in Farmer City. The Tobin’s have 2 grown children. When not working Peggy enjoys the beach, working in the yard and spending time with her family.

Email: Peggy Tobin

Angela Torres
Angela TorresIndianapolis Area Manager
Angela came to ESS as a part-time cleaner in 2019. Her background is in residential cleaning, retail management and hospitality management. She also ran her own dog daycare and boarding business and continues to have a high interest in the care and training of companion animals. After a short time on the ESS team, she began cleaning full-time and was then quickly promoted to Area Manager. She loves getting to know all of her new team members and playing an integral role in their development as cleaners for ESS. Angela has a Certificate of Accounting and plans to pursue a CPA. When she is not studying or working with companion animals, Angela can usually be found roller-skating in one of Indianapolis’ vast parking lots or biking in the park.

Brian Vasquenz
Brian VasquenzBloomington Area Manager
Brian started working at ESS as an Area Manager in 2012. He was born in Baltimore (he’s an Orioles fan) and grew up in Bloomington. Although he has studied History and Human Biology, Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at Illinois State University and a Master of Divinity degree from ORU. He lives in an 1892 Victorian house, so Brian and his wife spend many weekends finishing projects in the house as well as their gardens. Brian is married with three children; his oldest is serving in the Marine Corps and two are still at home. When he’s not working on his house or at ESS, Brian enjoys time with his family, reading, cooking, hand sharpening knives, riding bicycles and cracking whips (no kidding!).

Marty Whalin
Marty WhalinArea Manager
Marty has been with ESS Clean since January of 2015 and in his current position of Area Manager since August of 2018. He spends his free time with his dog and his son, Henry. Marty’s hobbies include hunting, camping, canoeing, cycling… basically anything involving the outdoors and his dog.

ESS Clean, Inc.

2406 E. University Ave.
P.O. Box 17067
Urbana, IL 61803-7067

Phone: (217) 337-6701
Fax: (217) 337-6889
officemanager@essclean.com

Effingham Office

1015 S. Willow
Effingham, IL 62401-1545

Phone: (217) 342-6701
Fax: (217) 342-6705
ron@essclean.com

Bloomington Office

7 Finance Drive, Suite #4
Bloomington, IL 61704

Phone: (309) 664-6711
Fax: (309) 662-6726
kevin@essclean.com

Decatur Office

2590 Federal Drive #507
Decatur, IL 62526

Phone: (217) 791-6325
Fax: (217) 791-6618
bobm@essclean.com

Indianapolis Office

5815 W. 73rd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46278

Phone: (317) 552-0377
billie@essclean.com