U.S. Military veteran Jerry Flanagan created a fledgling junk removing enterprise in 2011 after declaring chapter on a earlier enterprise.
Ten years later, the Delaware County native’s firm, JDog Junk Elimination & Hauling, is a nationally acknowledged model and would be the topic of a brand new actuality TV sequence, “Operation Hidden Treasures,” on the Discovery Channel.
Flanagan was an infantry fight signaler — generally referred to as a cable runner or a wire canine — when he served within the Military. He discovered himself in a rut looking for knowledgeable path as a civilian and determined to tackle the often-thankless enterprise of transferring different folks’s undesirable belongings.
“I used to be having a tough time discovering a job,” Flangan just lately informed We Are the Mighty. “I had a Jeep, purchased a trailer, and with some index playing cards, magic markers and a mobile phone, we mainly launched JDog Junk Elimination & Hauling.”
Not lengthy after the corporate received began within the Philadelphia space, Flanagan was inspired to proudly promote his enterprise as a veteran-owned operation. He and his spouse, Tracey, overhauled the model and rapidly noticed their enterprise multiply. They discovered an ample workforce by partnering with the Veterans Administration to recruit vets in want of labor throughout the nation.
The enterprise now has 250 franchises in the USA that provide junk removing and hauling providers, carpet and fabric cleansing and a department devoted to repurposing and recycling as much as 80% of discarded gadgets as a substitute of sending them into landfills.
That shall be one of many predominant topics of “Operation Hidden Treasures,” which is able to observe veteran staff at JDog Junk Elimination & Hauling as they execute tough strikes and discover new properties for distinctive gadgets.
The sequence is govt produced by Jim Milio, whose earlier TV initiatives embrace “Rescue 911” on CBS, “Canine Whisperer” on Nationwide Geographic and “Founding Fathers” on The Historical past Channel. Milio had pitched the sequence to Flanagan in 2018, however the coronavirus pandemic delayed manufacturing till further assist got here from patriotic way of life retailer Grunt Model, the present’s main sponsor.
Each episode of “Operation Hidden Treasures” will embrace a “JDog Public sale” phase that invitations the general public to bid on a recovered merchandise through the corporate web site. Income from each public sale are donated to the JDog Basis, which helps fund PTSD and schooling assets for veterans and their households.
The sequence is a co-production of JDog Media, LLC and Alliance Cinema. Along with airing on the Discovery Channel, the episodes shall be replayed as encores on the American Heroes Channel.
The primary episode of “Operation Hidden Treasures” will premiere Sunday, Oct. 10 at 8 a.m. on the Discovery Channel, adopted by the encore on the American Heroes Channel at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16.