Screenmobile in the News
Branching Out | Non-Traditional Franchisees Deliver the Goods
Tuesday, December 01, 2015 - Multi-Unit Franchisee
Screenmobile started in 1980 when the brand’s founders converted a used tent trailer into “The Screenmobile” (which of course doubled as a mobile advertising vehicle). The 35-year-old brand’s mobile business model was an early sign of things to come. Today, with 91 locations in 25 states, the franchise is the nation’s largest mobile screen repair company specializing in the repair, replacement, and installation of window, door, and patio porch screens, and solar shading products.
Local Family Brings New Screenmobile Location to Omaha
Sunday, November 01, 2015 - Strictly Business
A local Omaha family of entrepreneurs recently opened Screenmobile, part of the nation’s largest mobile screening franchise in the U.S., to serve the greater Omaha area.
Screenmobile Opens "Doors" for Young Entrepreneurs Looking to Avoid College Debt
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - Franchising.com
With student debt mounting to a national average of
$29,000 this year, young Americans are faced with considering alternatives to the high price of higher education.
What many may not realize is that a college degree, while beneficial, isn't a requirement to a successful business
career. Screenmobile, the nation's largest mobile screening franchise in the U.S., is offering franchise opportunities
for those desiring a non-traditional path towards owning a business.
Worth noting in business:
Monday, August 25, 2014 - The Bakersfield Californian
Two young entrepreneurs, both former In-N-Out Burger managers, have opened a franchise in Bakersfield that repairs window and door screens.
Visalia native Brandon Wlasichuk, 26, partnered on the venture with former Orange County resident Jason Frazier, 25. Together they own the Screenmobile offices in Bakersfield and Visalia.
Thousand Palms-based Screenmobile has 88 locations in 25 states.
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CORONA: Screen business is mobile
Friday, August 22, 2014 - Press Enterprise
“We’ve recovered,” said Scott Walker, 53, who lives in Palm Desert. With annual revenues not quite $5 million from screen sales, franchise fees and royalties, Screenmobile’s goal is to build the brand to 350 locations, he said.
Trevor Walker and other franchisees drive trucks hauling utility trailers which are equipped with a generator, materials, tools and a table top. During a single visit to homes, warehouses or office, Screenmobile measures, repairs, replaces and installs window, door and porch patio screens and related products. There’s a flat fee of $39 for building each new screen and frame.
Trevor Walker, who services up to five homes or businesses daily, said a typical job brings in $300 to $400. However, he reaped $10,000 from his largest project involving motorized roll-down screens.
Ed Dumaine, 75, praised young Walker’s expertise for putting together and installing in his Riverside home an indestructible stainless steel screen door. “You can’t kick through it, punch through it or break through it with a sledgehammer,” Dumaine said. “Trevor did a great job. Nothing is going to happen to this door.”
Screenmobile owes its creation to a bit of happenstance. To support his wife and four kids in 1979, patriarch Monty M. Walker needed another income besides that from his purchasing job for an aerospace company. He invested a few grand in a handyman franchise and enlisted his son, Scott as his service technician who learned to build screens in the family’s Glendora garage.
The franchise fizzled, but the concept of making and installing screens meshed with the Walkers. At the time, there were at least 4,000 screening companies, but not one on wheels, Scott Walker said.
The Walkers saw a window of opportunity – with screens on it. Monty M. Walker quit his aerospace job. He and his sons converted a used tent trailer into a completely mobile screen repair service as a convenience for customers. Charmed by the popular Batmobile concept, Monty M. bought about $5,000 worth of materials and christened the company Screenmobile. Scott Walker dropped out of college and moved to Palm Desert to jump start the business.
After six weeks of futile marketing, the flashy Screenmobile truck and trailer hooked its first customer. A man in Desert Hot Springs, in need of a rescreening job, spotted the eye-popping logo and told the Walkers, “Follow me.”
And Screenmobile has been traveling door-to-door ever since, still very much a family affair. Trevor’s brother, Dillon Walker, 23, moved into headquarters after selling his successful Lakewood-area franchise. Founder Monty M. Walker, 80, of Glendora, is semi-retired and handles special projects. Scott’s brother, Monty L. Walker, 51, of Cherry Valley, also works at the corporate office.
“We promote a family-oriented culture and most of our franchisees are family teams,” said Scott Walker, who knows every franchisee on a first-name basis.
It costs $69,500 to buy a Screenmobile franchise plus royalty fees. Trevor Walker, who took out a loan to become an enterpreneur, said he quickly began turning a profit.
“It’s working out really well,” he said. “But if that changes, I can always go back to school and try something else.”
Clean Your Screens Every Year
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - Charlotte Observer
By Amy Lorentzen
For The Associated Press
Posted: Thursday, Jul. 18, 2013
The average home has 12 to 15 window screens. Giving them your attention now and then can save you money, ensure better views and keep bugs out.
Experts recommend washing all of your screens twice a year to get rid of grime. That is important whether they are made of aluminum or fiberglass with a vinyl coating.
“If you think of them as a filter, you wouldn’t want to breathe all the dust and the dirt that builds up,” said Scott Walker, president and owner of Screenmobile, a mobile window and door screening company with close to 100 locations throughout the country.
Mobile Window & Door Screening Business Makes Spartanburg Debut
Monday, June 04, 2012 - Bage Anderson
Spartanburg, SC & Thousand Palms, CA — June 5, 2012 Screenmobile®, a mobile screen repair and replacement service, today announced Butch Rambish as its newest franchise owner whose operation will be based in Spartanburg and serve homeowners and construction contractors in the Upstate area.
Rambish’s decision to pursue business ownership was hastened by economic factors and the decision of
his long-time employer, computer industry giant IBM, to lay off 1,100 people in its Eastern Region.
Screenmobile of Charlotte Earns Coveted Angie's List Super Service Award
Thursday, December 15, 2011 - Angie's List
Award reflects businesses’ consistently high level of customer service
Screenmobile of Charlotte has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers.
San Diego New Franchise Owner
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - San Diego
Screenmobile®, a mobile screen repair and replacement service, today announced its North County franchise location is now owned and operated by San Diego home repair veteran Guy Walker. Walker purchased the business from San Diego businessman Dwight Stratton, who is retiring after 22 years in the screening business in San Diego.
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