SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita 20 Year Anniversary
The 20-year anniversary of SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita marks an important milestone for the company, and for the franchise owner, Patrick Butler. Patrick moved to America from Ireland in 1989 and spent 11 years working in aircraft before starting his SERVPRO career. When SERVPRO started it was completely operated out of Patrick’s basement, since then they have grown into an 11,000 square foot office, warehouse, and workshop. 20 years ago, Patrick and his neighbor at the time, Craig McIlvain, had the drive and passion to get into business together, and bought a restoration franchise in the Wichita area. Craig partnered with Patrick for about 10 years, from 2001-2011 before selling his half to Patrick.
In 2015 Michael Butler followed in his father’s footsteps in joining the business after going to UNL and obtaining his degree in Political Science & Economics and then working in Lincoln for two years. In 2018 Michael took over as the Marketing Manager and has now stepped in as the General Manager.
2019 was a year that SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita really focused on growth and had their best year ever. In 2020 while a lot of businesses slowed down due to the pandemic the restoration industry really stayed steady and SERVPRO was able to add a new service line to their vast array of services, Covid-19 Cleanings. This service line took off and one SERVPRO franchise was able to get a contract with the Federal Government and worked with them during the pandemic to develop a protocol for all Covid-19 Cleanings. With this new service line SERVPRO started an all-new defensive pathogen cleaning program “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.”
In May of 2021 SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita expanded and bought the Southwest territory in Wichita. In obtaining more territories their goal is to increase sales and become the go-to restoration company in the Wichita area. Their building is located off of Oliver right next to Spirit Aerosystems, they needed this type of square footage to store their equipment as well as being able to store customers contents from fires that need to be in a secure location while they restore their home or business.
SERVPRO franchises are in the business of helping people, this includes helping people that are affected by disasters, and helping other franchises. There is a network of over 1,700 franchises that are willing and able to travel to assist one another, so no job is too big. Recently SERVPRO has added construction into their extensive list of services to provide a more streamlined process for the customer. From start to finish we will make it “Like it never even happened.”