By Jeff Theodore, Contributing Author
MARLBOROUGH – It initially began out as a facet hustle for William Shomphe. However Haul Away Junk Removing has since taken over as Shomphe’s chief profession focus, thanks partly to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When COVID occurred, I used to be laid off from Ford Motors, the place I used to be a collision technician. I had been doing collision work, portray vehicles for about 15 years,” Shomphe stated in a latest interview. “As a result of I didn’t need to acquire unemployment, I bought a few vehicles, [a] boat and a motorbike to purchase two vans to begin this junk elimination enterprise. And, to my shock, it’s been profitable.”
Shomphe has determined to not return to Ford, as an alternative opting to concentrate on his two-year-old junk elimination enterprise full time.
The phrase is out in the neighborhood in regards to the high quality of the companies that Haul Away provides. Simply ask Marlborough resident Lina Lofrumento.
“They have been very skilled, variety and pleasant, and caught with the worth they quoted,” stated Lofrumento, who contacted the corporate to take away a treadmill, desk, couches and a few baggage of garbage. “I’d positively advocate them to anyone.”
Haul Away, which is licensed and insured, provides basement, attic and storage room cleanouts along with mattress, equipment and snow elimination. Haul Away additionally conducts demolition work.
Shomphe stated he has established sturdy ties with residential and business shoppers, creating good civic relations with the Metropolis of Marlborough as effectively.
He’s donated his time and companies to assist the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce with their junk day program the place prospects can drop off junk they need eliminated and disposed of.
The common price of Haul Away’s junk elimination companies varies between $280 and $350. Haul Away’s greatest job-to-date was clearing out a Marlborough motel, which referred to as for the emptying of 75 items, together with as many as 250 mattresses.
Because it pertains to mattresses, Shomphe is eyeing recycling them as a possible approach his enterprise can develop.
Such a transfer would coincide with the Massachusetts Division of Environmental Safety’s proposal so as to add mattresses to its listing of banned disposal supplies in landfills.
“Mattresses are 90 p.c recyclable,” Shomphe says. “We’re attempting to facilitate a way to take care of that, particularly since there are solely about one or two different locations within the space that cater to that.”
Shomphe would additionally prefer to ramp up the dumpster rental facet of his enterprise, which might enable shoppers time to eliminate junk of their areas at a leisurely tempo earlier than Haul Away removes it.
For all that Haul Away removes, one factor the enterprise received’t take away is the ten p.c low cost it provides to senior residents, army veterans and first-responders.
“We’re respectful of the aged and recognize the service of the army,” Shomphe stated. “All of them deserve a break.”
Consequently, Shomphe is grateful that he’s gotten his massive break.
“I knew the enterprise would do OK,” he stated. “However I didn’t know it could accomplish that effectively so quick.”
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