Business as a family tradition.
When current owners Mike and Tom Schumacher were growing up, business was part of daily life. When they were in grade school, where there should have been a two-car attached garage, there was instead their father’s beer and liquor store. As high schoolers, their father bought a sweeping compound company and gave it to them (at minimum wage) to run. It was a simple product, basically sawdust mixed with oil or wax to keep dust down when sweeping floors. Instead of buying sawdust by the bag, Marvin bought it by the railcar. But the business wasn’t close to a railway so Mike and Tom had to manually unload each boxcar with aluminum coal shovels. It usually took them a week to unload one car. The business was all theirs. Their father never showed up or worried about it. Mike and Tom had to figure out how to do everything. They took the orders, made the product, wrote the shipping papers, dealt with the truckers, did all the accounting…everything.
“That was one of our first tastes of business. It was a great primer on business for both of us.”
– Tom Schumacher
After their father sold the business, Mike went to work for his father in the warehousing business, starting driving a lift truck and working his way up to managing a warehouse, customer service, and eventually sales. Tom went to college and earned an MBA in accounting, while running his own business to earn his way through school. After becoming a CPA and working in the corporate world for a while, he joined his brother and Services Plus, to give Dad a retirement offer he couldn’t refuse, and have made the company their own over the past 15 years.
Owners giving out turkeys to employees.