Provides various services for homes including landscaping, cleaning and pest control.

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3250 Lacey Road, Suite 600
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Employees: 38,000
CEO: Jonathan Ward
Stock Symbol: SVM


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ServiceMaster operates a variety of businesses serving homeowners from lawn care to pest control and plumbing services. The company serves 10.5 million homes through a variety of brands including TruGreen ChemLawn, TruGreen LandCare Terminix, American Home Shield, American Residential Services, Rescue Rooter, American Mechanical Services, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, AmeriSpec and Furniture Medic.

ServiceMaster serves both residential and business customers. Core services include lawn care and landscape maintenance, termite and pest control, plumbing, heating and air conditioning maintenance and repair, appliance maintenance and repair, cleaning and furniture maintenance and home warranties.

The company operates or franchises a network of more than 5,400 locations.

In 2004, ServiceMaster had revenues of $3.7 billion and net income of $331.2 million.


ServiceMaster was incorporated in 1947 as Wade, Wenger & Associates. It adopted the ServiceMaster trademark in 1958.

Founded as a moth-proofing company in 1929 by Marion E. Wade, a former minor league baseball player, ServiceMaster had its beginnings in Chicago where Wade worked out of his home. Wade had a strong personal faith and a desire to honor God in all he did.

ServiceMaster expanded to carpet cleaning in 1952, establishing one of America's first franchise businesses. In 1962, the Company took its expertise to the healthcare arena and pioneered what is now known as outsourcing. It also went public in 1962.

Terminix History - Seventy years ago, E.L. Bruce was faced with a dilemma - termites in his hardwood flooring products. Realizing that he was not alone in his fight against termites, he founded Terminix in 1927 and earned the first U.S. patent for a termite control procedure.
From a small start-up company, Terminix grew to be the largest termite and pest control company in the world, safeguarding over 1.9 million homes and businesses against all types of pests in 45 U.S. states and in 14 countries internationally.

Terminix would join ServiceMaster in 1986.

Updated September 20, 2005

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