Paul L. Knutson is President of Stratus Building Solutions of Kansas City and also President and Operating Partner of Knutson/Gladstone Enterprises. The new Master Franchise at 7501 College Boulevard, Suite 120, in suburban Overland Park, Kansas, is located a few miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
Stratus Building Solutions of Kansas City plans to hire six employees immediately and establish 40 new Stratus Building Solutions unit franchises to serve building owners and facilities managers in metro Kansas City this year, creating about 100 new jobs before year-end.
Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, “Paul Knutson plans to build on Stratus Building Solutions’ success by introducing our company’s successful business model and reputation for superb customer service to metropolitan Kansas City. We are sure that he will.”
Pete Frese, President of Stratus Building Solutions, said, “Our company was founded in St. Louis. This expansion in metro Kansas City strengthens our presence in Missouri while complementing our growth across the United States and internationally. Missouri is “The Show-Me State,” so we are especially proud to have Master Franchise operations in the state’s two biggest metro areas.”
Mr. Knutson is a highly-respected business executive whose experience includes senior management positions at major corporations in the Midwest. He earned a Masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Nebraska and has an impressive professional background in human resource management, facilities management and corporate communications. He can be reached in metro Kansas City by calling 913.661.2930
Mr. Knutson said, “As president of Stratus Building Solutions of Kansas City, I am eager to make new friends and business associates in metro Kansas City while contributing to the regional economy by establishing new unit franchises and creating new jobs.”
Stratus Building Solutions now has U.S. operations in 23 states, plus new operations in Europe, Canada and Central America. The January 2010 edition of Entrepreneur Magazine ranks Stratus Building Solutions the Number One Ranked New Franchise, the Number Three Fastest-Growing Franchise and Number 13 overall on its 2010 Franchise 500© rankings. In 2009, Stratus Building Solutions received the prestigious “2009 St. Louis Award” in the franchising category from the U.S. Commerce Association.
Stratus Building Solutions offers 16 different building service franchise plans providing state-of-the-art “environmentally green” cleaning systems, products, services and marketing support. These include the “Stratus GreenClean” program which uses eco-friendly products and services to help sustain healthier, more productive facilities. Also, the firm offers an exclusive “Stratus Sani-Proof” program that kills bacteria, including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), and other germs found in schools, health clubs, daycare centers, gyms, dormitories, medical offices and hospitals.
Stratus Affiliated Services, LLC, a division of Stratus Building Solutions (stratusclean.com), provides landscaping, energy audits, recycling, pest control, hard-surface cleaning, and related services to complement the company’s successful building service franchise programs.
The company’s franchise benefits include orientation and training; customer referrals; administrative and accounting support; pre-arranged credit lines; access to insurance and surety bonds, financing options, business reviews; promotional support; and other turn-key advantages. The firm’s headquarters are at 1976 Innerbelt Business Center Drive in suburban St. Louis, Missouri.
Financial terms of the agreement with Knutson/Gladstone Enterprises were not disclosed.
For more information, visit the website or call Stratus Building Solutions headquarters 314.731.2000 or toll-free 877.731.2020.