ESS Clean, Inc. is proud to serve Central Illinois. We are committed to our Team, our Customers and our Community.
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 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:
- Improve the Lives of our Team
- Provide the Best Value
- Always Get the Job Done
- Operate Debt Free
- Have fun
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.
ESS Clean, Inc.
2406 E. University Ave.
P.O. Box 17067
Urbana, IL 61803-7067
Phone: (217) 337-6701
Fax: (217) 337-6889
2645 N. Oakland Ave.
Decatur, IL 62526
Phone: (217) 791-6325
Fax: (217) 791-6618