New Hose Service Opens in Rockford, Illinois

Pirtek Rockford is now open for business! Bert Banaszak, new owner of the mobile-only service, previously served as a branch manager at another Pirtek location in the Chicago area. The company provides onsite hydraulic and industrial hose service to businesses in Rockford, Ill.

With the addition of Pirtek Rockford, there are now six locations in Illinois and 85 across the country. “We just saw a void that needed to be filled,” Banaszak said. “I am excited about this market opportunity. As a business owner my philosophy is simple: Provide excellent service and be fair to everybody.” Banaszak started working at Pirtek O’Hare in 2000. He was a tech for 12 years and later moved into outside sales. During his career there, he has managed locations and field-tech teams at one of the busiest centers in the country.

Pirtek specializes in hydraulic and industrial hose service through its locations across the country. The company boasts more than 400 franchise locations in 23 countries around the world. Team members are also available 24/7 to provide onsite repairs to hydraulic and industrial hoses, thanks to the company’s specially equipped Mobile Service Vehicles.

The new location opened under Pirtek USA’s mobile-only Tier 2 program. The Tier 2 option enables business owners to launch a franchise at a lower initial cost. A franchisee can keep the inventory in a small warehouse or storage facility and lease two vehicles. Tier 2 owners are expected to advance to a Tier 1 location in three years. The standard Tier 1 model requires a franchisee to have a full Service & Supply Center staffed with six team members and at least two Mobile Service Vehicles.
Infrastructure is among the many industries the new location will serve. “There are so many aging roads and sewer mains here,” Banaszak said. “We already provide a lot of service for the contractors who perform all that infrastructure work.”

Banaszak said he expects manufacturing to comprise the single-largest portion of Pirtek Rockford’s customer base. His location will also pursue work in food services facilities: lift tables, mixers and other equipment that uses hydraulic power.

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