The company was started by Mike Rees in about 2011. Before that he spent several years working for another chimney company in the LA area.
Most of our employees came from Guatemala or Persia, originally, don’t ask me why, it’s a mystery to me, also.
We apprentice our technicians and train them on the codes and standards, also. The chimney business is very much a “learn by doing” kind of activity. It’s amazing how much variety there is in chimneys and how many different wrong ways there are to do things with chimneys. Just when we think “we’ve seen it all,” we find something wrong, which we haven’t encountered before.
We run guys through an English class, delivered in-house, to speed up their acquisition of English.
We consider that we have a very good group of people here.