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87-1512287 | Government Grant Application

Municipal Maintenance Services LLC | Application Preview

  • General Information

    Business Registration Number: 87-1512287

    Location: Gilmore City, IA, United States

    Length of Operation: 1-5

    Number of Employees: 1-10 Employees

    Annual Gross Income: Less than $100k

    Annual Gross Expense: Less than $100k

    Open to Loans: YES

  • Funding Usage

    $50,000 will be used to finish remodel of newly acquired shop in order to move operations from my residence to a dedicated base of operations. Secondly training for me and my employees to get them certified through the DNR to provide better Affidavit Operator services and a better quality knowledge pool to help towns meet their needs and requirements. Finally for needed specialty tools to repair system components such as fire hydrants, pumps, electric motors/ control systems and safely climb water towers ( safety harnesses). The remaining $100,000 would be used to acquire a new Valve Exercise Vac Trailer, the current one is old and outdate with high repair/ maintenance costs. The current unit was found in a junk yard, rebuilt by me and has served me well the past 2 years. Higher parts and components are getting harder to acquire, replacing the unit with a new one would largely decrease my expenses and increase reliability and more options for further services to be offered.

  • Business Plan

    last year I was able to purchase a heavily used vac truck in order to offer lift station cleaning for sewer systems along with filtration system rehabilitation for water treatment plants. Currently I have expanded my normal services of Affidavit Operator and valve maintenance to include fire hydrant maintenance, repair and fire flow reporting for fire departments. I also have recently partnered with Silversmith Data company to give me needed software to track jobs, inventory, and provide a reporting system of detailed work orders of completed work. This software is in exchange for promoting and training new clients in the state of Iowa on their particular AST software system. This summer I plan to bring my 2 part time employees full time and expand services to a wider area. 2025-2026 plans are in motion to expand maintenance services by offering more specialized work such as water main repairs, live water work repairs, maintenance plans and consultation with addition of 1-2 employees. in addition to acquiring a local competitor's company who plans to retire, negotiations are currently in progress now. 2027-2028 plans are to include additional equipment to be able to provide the same services to multiple locations at the same time. Also begin partnerships with organizations and engineering firms that specialize in my area of industry such as IAMU and ISG. This company was started by accident essentially, I worked for the city I reside in and made some good contacts with a local affidavit operator, DNR field office agents and engineering firms. When I had a falling out with the city and left, I was approached by these contacts and encouraged to start my own company and provide these services due to my. passion and expertise I have acquired over the few years working for the city. Time and time again I have seen small rural towns of Iowa struggle to maintain their utility systems do to increasing costs, lack of contractors who provide the services I provide, and the mentality of society to just replace components instead of maintaining/ repairing the equipment on hand to ensure a long lifespan of operation and dependability. So when I started this company, I did it with the mission to provide a low cost alternative to small towns of Iowa to keep their water/ waste water systems operating and provide a quality product to their citizens which we all depend and rely on to live our lives. With this mission in mind it drove my passion for this industry to new heights.I am determined to make this company work, grow, provide local jobs and one day pass this legacy on to my kids you have also shown interest in what I do.

  • Self Identified Competition

    currently in the services I offer on the maintenance/ repair side I have little to no competition. Major companies have discontinued offering these services along with other small companies like myself have retired and shut down. As far as the Affidavit Operator side there are 2 major local competitors, North Iowa Environmental and one other who is currently a city administrator for large town. North Iowa environmental is currently under negotiations with me to sell his company to me and offer me 22 contracts with towns in the area. I work closely with the sole owner/ operator of this company ( who also convinced me to start this company) and plans to retire within the next 1-2 years and work for me as an employee. The Second fella I also work closely with, I currently provide maintenance contracts to many of his towns and we have a mutual understanding/ respect for our territory of operations when it comes to Affidavit Operations. I offer services in terms of Maintenance/ repair solutions that they do not provide. So in return they hire me to provide their towns with these services. In addition they have been in this industry for many years and plan to retire soon. With the lack of younger individuals such as myself to fill this ever growing labor gap, more and opportunities are "thrust" upon me due to the lack of options. In addition I provide my maintenance services to the entire state of Iowa mainly do to the lack of competition in this particular field.

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