It is hard to believe that ten years ago today, Jim Buczko, Lee Crepeau and myself signed the paperwork which created American National Skyline, Inc. Since then we have grown into one of the largest window washing companies in the United States. This would not have been possible without our wonderful employees, customers and vendors. I sincerely thank each and every one of you very much for being a part of our success.
The past ten years has not been “a walk in the park”. We have experienced many highs and lows. The acquisition of Penn Window Cleaning being one of the highlights and the passing last year of our president, Jim Buczko, the lowest. We have opened offices and closed them. We are surviving the economic downturn that began in 2008 and are positioned for growth in 2013. We are debt free and profitable, something not a lot of companies in our industry can say.
Recently, we have taken a leap of faith with the purchase of automated window washing machines and improved water-fed pole technology. These are innovations that where applicable, will make window washing safer, more efficient and provide improved results over traditional methods. We are constantly evaluating and updating our safety programs, training and equipment so that our employees can work in a safe environment. Our IT department is diligently working to provide the best available technology to make needed information readily available to our administrative and operation personnel.
Yes, the past ten years have been exciting for us, but now we look forward to the next ten years and the changes and innovations the future will bring. How we adapt is the key. With that said, our sustainability depends on all of you. I would like to request your input on what we can do to become a better company through your experiences with us as an employee, customer or vendor. I have set up an email (email@example.com) so you can send me your comments and suggestions. These emails will be shared anonymously with the appropriate staff members. Ideas will be taken to heart, evaluated and if we determine it makes sense and is possible within our business model, implemented. There will be no negative repercussions for any comment or suggestion. I am looking for honesty and insight and welcome your forthrightness.
Thank you again for a great ten years and I look forward to working with you for the next ten years and beyond.