OUR WINDOW CLEANING STORY
If you were to tell Jack Ruegsegger back in 1994 that in ten years he would have a successful business cleaning windows, he would have probably told you that you were nuts. You see, back in 1994, Jack was just beginning college as a biology major with hopes of following his father's footsteps and becoming a physician. As often is the case, the path we set out on isn't always the one that delivers us to our calling. For Jack, it is this unexpected journey into the world of window washing that has made all the difference.
After finishing college, Jack found that his plan of becoming a physician was not meant to be. Living up to the enterprising person that he is, Jack began working as a stockbroker in training. Finding that this was a tough row to hoe, Jack began washing windows on the weekend to help supplement his income. Cleaning windows was proving to be more rewarding than trading stocks for a living. Consequently, Jack quit his job and dedicated himself fully to the service of washing windows.
So it is 1999. Jack embarks on a new journey by starting a window cleaning business with his brother Joe. They began by visiting with homeowners in neighboring areas and passing out brochures detailing their window cleaning services. Through making a personal connection with homeowners, Jack and Joe were welcomed as the neighborhood window cleaner.
At the same time, Joe was pursuing a college degree in business. So, between classes and around studying, Joe became Jack’s partner in servicing the neighborhood. The matter of naming the company proved to be predetermined task: Jack & Joe’s Window Cleaning, Inc. was the obvious choice!
In 2002, after graduating from college, Joe directed his efforts entirely on the goal of servicing the growing client base. With Joe's assistance, the service business grew rapidly. Jack and Joe began looking at different avenues to grow the business and help smooth the seasonality of the window washing in Minnesota. As a result, snow-plowing, gutter cleaning, pressure washing, and servicing the window cleaning needs of local builders became a part of the package. Jack & Joe's Window Cleaning was growing into something that was well beyond Jack's dreams in 1999. By this time, Jack & Joe’s Window Cleaning was reaching neighborhoods throughout the entire Twin Cities Metro area.
As Jack and Joe continued to nurture, grow, and expand their window washing business, they decided to change the name to meet increasing interest, prepare for expansion, and develop a national brand. What had begun as Jack & Joe's Window Cleaning had developed into the Squeegee Squad®.
As pioneers in the window cleaning business, Squeegee Squad® had persevered and played an integral role in offering professional window cleaning to neighborhoods beyond the Twin Cities Metro area. After building a strong reputation over the years, Jack & Joe's Franchising, Inc. now enlists the help of franchise partners to expand on this success while maintaining the strong reputation for which Squeegee Squad® is well known and trusted.
In 2007 Squeegee Squad expanded into the high rise window cleaning niche. With the help and expertise of Steve Crank, General Manager, Squeegee Squad has become a prominent commercial/high-rise window cleaning company in the Twin Cities market as well as other franchisee owned markets. By spring of 2013 Squeegee Squad has successfully grown to over 30 locations in 16 states and in 4 countries.