Four companies comprising the Barry Franklin Group won the grand prize of $20,488 in the Plumbers’ Success International Profit Partner contest. The winners -- Al’s Master Plumbing, Minneapolis; Neighborhood Plumbing, Foley, Minn.; Strictly Plumbing, Marion, Iowa; and Plumbing and Heating by Craig, Hutchinson, Minn. -- showed an average increase in profitability of 63 percent as a result of participation in the Profit Partner program.

Teams are challenged with developing an outline for improving their businesses using the marketing, pricing and selling systems offered through PSI. Team members are required to critique each other’s businesses through monthly site visits and telephone calls, and record their observations over the year.

Teams are judged based on successful completion of their visits and calls, increased profitability among the group, implementation of PSI systems, challenges overcome by individual team members and the group, and participation.