If a problem arises a night mechanic and night supervisor are available to take a fill in unit to the site or make repairs to a broken unit. “We’ve rarely held a job up,” Oxtal says. “We have companies that call us and say ‘we need sweepers.’ They know if they call us they are going to get what they need. Our thing is we never say no, we always find a way.”
Central Sweeping offers such quality service that the company has several of the first clients since Ray Swatkowski began offering parking lot maintenance services. One client, the Bells Factory Outlet Mall, in Orlando, and several theme parks have used Central Sweeping’s services since 1987.
Finding success through diversity
While other contractors struggled to stay afloat in the current economy, Central Sweeping found success through diversity. By offering services such as power sweeping of parking lots and roadways, milling and rumble strip installation, heavy construction clean up, and complete property maintenance Swatkowski was able to watch his business grow.
“We have been growing since the economy down turned,” Swatkowski says. “We took care of a lot of subdivisions when the housing market was booming, and that downturn is what hit us hard.” Swatkowski has been buying new equipment and tries to update every few years. He has also purchased a four-acre property for a new facility. Along with the start up of Central Sweeping & Milling Services in 2009, Swatkowski has purchased three milling machines run with cleanup crews.
Central Sweeping has found a niche business of milling with clean up, providing the contractor with one source to work more efficiently and cutting cost. “Being the middleman in our business is not a good thing,” Swatkowski says. “The challenges in front and in back of you are on a consistent basis.”
By offering both services, Central Sweeping has seen several benefits. “It has helped get some jobs. If you get the milling job you have the sweeping job,” Swatkowski says.
The dependability that Swatkowski expects from his crew is essential when completing construction jobs. “Some of the larger construction jobs have a 20 man paving crew and 50 dump trucks,” he says. “When a piece of the puzzle breaks down you have other guys waiting. Dependability is huge.”
Central Sweeping has also seen an increase in government jobs. “We’ve gotten municipalities because of the government cutbacks,” Swatkowski says. “Road maintenance is the main industry that hasn’t cut back.”
The future of Central Sweeping is clear: The company will continue down the same path of great customer service in the parking lot maintenance arena. Another addition to services Swatkowski considers for the future is completing more asphalt maintenance services such as paving and sealcoating.
Another area Swatkowski hopes to do is complete heavy equipment fabrication repair of specialized municipal equipment such as street sweepers. He also plans to become a dealer for fine municipal equipment, and he is looking into expand the property and job management areas ultimately reaching a global market.