Truck of the Month: GreenTeam Plumbing, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Photo credit: GreenTeam Plumbing
Of the seven trucks Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based GreenTeam Plumbing founder and President James Terry has on the road, his Ford LCF Diesel service truck stands out from the crowd.
“I would like to have 10 more like it,” he says. “They are hard to find. I like the truck because the wheelbase is short. It’s not a box truck, but it’s a big truck that turns on a dime.”
Outside panel access and ample storage space are two key features that come in handy for Terry’s techs.
“The way they make the body is really convenient,” he says. “If you are on a commercial job or at a water main break you can access materials from the outside so you don’t have to go inside every time to get something. It’s also high enough and wide enough to fit pallets inside. We just used the truck on a 200-toilet project in a housing community. I can stack four pallets inside and still have room for tools.”
While maximizing effectiveness inside his trucks is important, Terry also has set out to make sure the proper message is being delivered on the outside of his vehicles. Fort Lauderdale-based Sign Studio applied the company’s green-focused logo to the fleet.
“I like to keep it simple and clean,” the 28-year-old says. “A lot of companies put the services they provide on their trucks. We’d have to put a book on the outside with all the services we perform. We do everything. The logo is clean looking and isn’t crazy. I have a vision of growing into a big company. You look at companies such as AT&T and Comcast and they all have simple logos.”
The GreenTeam name serves two purposes for Terry. “I didn’t want to make it James Terry Plumbing,” he says. “I wanted a catchy name that deals with green, which, in my opinion, is going to be the future of plumbing.”
Photo credit: GreenTeam Plumbing
Terry’s company mainly focuses on plumbing work in hospitals, schools, large condo associations and commercial office buildings. In addition to doing work on the new Florida Marlins baseball stadium, it recently was awarded a plumbing contract for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and worked with the city of Tamarac, Fla., on a green toilet initiative.
“We’ve installed almost 500 high-efficiency toilets in Tamarac,” says Terry, who thanked Dania Beach, Fla.-based mechanical contractor Kerney and Associates President Patrick Kerney for helping him start his business. “The city is offering $100 rebates for installing the toilets. We’ve done eight or nine buildings in the last two months.”
Terry’s strong belief in sustainability stretches into the company’s internal operations. All service techs have iPhones to access electronic files, thus little to no physical paperwork is generated in the field.
“A tech can open up his phone and see where he has to go and then pull up all the information on that project,” he says. “We wanted to go green all the way.”
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