Manhole Rehabilitation Helps Grow Municipal Customer Base

California contractor survives economic downturn and propels a small startup operation into a major player in manhole rehabilitation.
Manhole Rehabilitation Helps Grow Municipal Customer Base
H&R Plumbing owner Horacio Franco and his wife, Alejandra, and crew sit around a Mr. Manhole leveling system in El Sobrante, Calif. Left to right are: Jesus Uriarte, Carlos Chavez, Fabio Rustioni, the Francos, Amador Sosa and Rafael Escobar.

Horacio Franco was ready to control his own destiny. He’d worked six years in the plumbing industry and had earned his master plumber license when he decided to open H&R Plumbing & Drain Cleaning in 2004. Within a few years it grew to eight service vans with a full staff...

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