Service Plus moves to expand


Service Plus owner Chris Cunningham, middle, with employees Jermiah Kelley, left and Kurtis Copp, right. (Photo by Jamie Sangar)

Service Plus is expanding, and that has necessitated a move.

Owner Chris Cunningham said Service Plus is leaving its 3,000-square-foot building in Fishers after 14 years to a 7,000-square-foot facility at 7520 E. 88th Place, Indianapolis. Cunningham said the company purchased the building and is spending $300,000 to renovate the space.

“We’re planning to be operational at the new spot by Oct. 1,” said Cunningham, a Geist area resident. “We’re building a training center inside our new space. We have a really hard time filling our position with our skill set. We’re looking for plumbing and heating and air conditioning specialist, so we’re going to build a training center where we can rapidly transform from apprentices to specialists.”

Cunningham said he wanted to stay in Fishers but couldn’t find an affordable site that met the company’s needs.

“The majority of our customers are from Fishers, Carmel and the northeast side of Indianapolis,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham said the move was necessary to continue to grow.

“Right now, we’re kind of working on top of each other,” Cunningham said.

The training center is needed badly.

“I put ads online all the time for skilled, traded plumbers and HC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and get I little applications,” Cunningham said. “But when I put an ad for earn-while-you-learn, I get 30 to 40 applications before the end of the day. We want to fill that gap and keep the quality of individual out in the field that has that skill set. You don’t want a guy hooking up a toilet wrong in your house. That flooding can be damaging.”

Service Plus cited a 2015 National Association of Home Builders survey reporting 58 percent of builders were having trouble finishing projects on time, and 61 percent raised home prices due to labor shortages

Service Plus has 30 employees. Cunningham wants to grow to 60 by 2020.

Cunningham trained as a heating air service technician before founding his company in 2000. Service technicians at Service Plus earnings range from $15 to $30 an hour.

Cunningham and his wife, Emily, started the business and went full-time in 2003.

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