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In 1996, with an '86 Chevy pick-up truck, a used lawnmower and a dream, I launched Franklin Outdoor Services. The name Franklin originates from my grandfather Jim Franklin, a man whom I have a great deal of respect for and who built a successful outdoor advertising company from the ground up. He told me that the success of his business was based upon honesty, integrity and delivering a quality service to his customers at a reasonable price. I vowed to build my company based on those same principals. For the first 3 years, I operated my business by myself. I was excited about the future of Franklin Outdoor Services and would stop at nothing to make it a success. When I wasn't mowing I was dropping fliers in mailboxes. I honestly loved my job. I hired my first employee in 1999 and Tim Keating is still with the company today. We started out as a small company mowing residential lawns, but soon we began to expand and started offering a variety of landscaping services to a growing list of clients. As our growth continued, we hired additional employees and eventually took on a number of commercial properties. Today, Franklin Outdoor Services is a full service company, offering grounds maintenance, landscaping, irrigation, outdoor lighting, fertilizing, weed control, snow plowing and ice management services to some of the finest properties in the Twin Cities. Although we have enjoyed an exciting period of growth, our company continues to operate under the same principals as when it was launched 28 years ago. Our customers expect the best and we at Franklin Outdoor Services strive daily to meet and exceed their expectations. We use the most modern equipment in the industry and our highly trained staff is extremely professional in both appearance and work ethic. Franklin Outdoor Services is very proud of its reputation and works hard to maintain it, and it's our promise to you that we will work just as hard at maintaining and improving your property. Sincerely,
Jim Hartwell, President
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