Well-Rounded Entrepreneur Takes Reins from Retiring Franchisees
Three metro Atlanta area PIRTEK franchises; PIRTEK Alpharetta, PIRTEK Dobbins, and PIRTEK Norcross have been owned and operated by Janice and Mike McCarthy for close to two decades. They built these businesses from the ground up, and dedicated much time and effort establishing relationships with customers and creating a beloved team of employees. When they began considering retirement, finding the right person to take over was a sizable task. Luckily, Clay Caldwell entered the picture. Judging by his extensive background and experience in the related fields of customer service, sales, and business, it would seem that he has been preparing to fill this role for most of his professional life.
Clay has spent much of his career within the Doosan and Bobcat family. He started at Bobcat of Atlanta, where he earned the role of Branch Manager, and was involved with equipment sales, service, parts and rental. He also worked at Bobcat’s parent company, Doosan, leading their parts business for North America until the end of 2019. It was then that Clay decided to pursue his dream of owning his own business. He recalled PIRTEK’s strong market position and sent an inquiry.
Knowing that Janice and Mike McCarthy were looking to retire in the near future, Pirtek USA reached out to Clay to see if he would be interested in taking over the business. Clay says owning his PIRTEK franchise thus far has been challenging but rewarding. “Every day I’m drawing on my previous experience to propel the business. So far, it’s been rewarding to know that my experience is relevant and will make an impact to our employees, customers, and community-at-large.”
The benefits to the surrounding communities cannot be understated. The metro Atlanta area continues to see rapid expansion and growth. Several long-term infrastructure projects, coupled with many new-construction and revitalization initiatives, fuel Atlanta’s need for heavy equipment support. In addition, Georgia is a very business-friendly state, which encourages new corporations and industries to move into the area.
Clay’s two Service and Supply Centers; PIRTEK Norcross, located at 2600 Pleasantdale Rd., Suite 1, Atlanta, GA 30340, and PIRTEK Dobbins, at 1400 South Marietta Parkway, Suite 110, Marietta, GA 30067, are positioned in ideal locations. Both are conveniently located along Interstates I-75 and I-85 in north Atlanta for quick and easy access to on-site mobile repair work. His third franchise, PIRTEK Alpharetta, is currently a Tier 2 franchise centered around mobile service. Clay plans to eventually transition that business to a brick-and-mortar Tier 1 franchise.
Clay says he is impressed with the support provided by PIRTEK USA. “Coming from a corporate environment, authenticity means so much when you risk everything to buy into an existing franchise. What separated PIRTEK USA from other franchisors was their commitment to their franchisees.” He explains, “PIRTEK has demonstrably stepped up to help their network, especially during the pandemic.”
Clay has big plans for the future. He envisions a highly efficient, multi-unit service center operation that is considered the best enterprise in PIRTEK’s global network. He is confident that with hard work and dedication, he will achieve this goal. He says he is “dead-set on becoming the best hydraulic and industrial hose service provider in the world.” According to Clay, “it’s all about the customer experience. It’s all about being easy to do business with. If you can’t deliver quality and service, people aren’t going to come back to you. My team knows that we’re only as good as our last interaction, and we have to be on top of our game each and every service call.”
Clay loves the Atlanta area, and is a huge Clemson fan. He and his wife, Eileen, enjoy giving back to the community. He explains, “I grew up in a family of community service. I feel it’s our duty to give back to the places where we live and work. Our organization will do our part as we continue to grow and evolve our brand here in Atlanta.”
About PIRTEK USA
The only franchise brand of its kind in the United States, PIRTEK USA specializes in hydraulic and industrial hose services through its locations throughout the country. PIRTEK team members are available 24/7 to provide onsite repairs to hydraulic and industrial hoses, thanks to the company’s specially equipped Mobile Service Vehicles. PIRTEK boasts more than 400 franchise locations in 23 countries around the world.
PIRTEK USA provides the fastest hydraulic hose replacement and industrial hose repair service with onsite mobile and service centers throughout the United States. Our ETA 1-hour on-site hose service, available 24/7, is a simple solution that minimizes equipment downtime and eliminates the need for our customers to leave their job site or facility to locate new hydraulic hoses and hydraulic fittings. We’ll Keep You Operating! https://pirtekusafranchise.com