Williams family new owners of Southwest Chem-Dry

MARSHALL – An area cleaning business is under new ownership, but the new owners may still be familiar faces to Marshall area customers.

Earlier this spring, Jamie Williams and his father, Dan Williams, of Marshall bought Southwest Chem-Dry from previous owner Dan Fosvick.

Since May 1, Jamie Williams has been the new face of the business, as a carpet and upholstery cleaning technician.

“It’s been staying busy. I’m doing about two or three jobs a day, which is pretty much a whole day (of work),” Jamie Williams said. Southwest Chem-Dry does cleaning for both residential and commercial customers, he said.

Jamie said carpet cleaning is a new venture for him.

“It was something my dad mentioned that was available,” Jamie Williams said of the Chem-Dry opportunity. After talking about it some more, Jamie decided to buy the business together with Dan Williams.

“It’s kind of a family business,” Dan Williams said.

The Williamses are both longtime Marshall residents.

Since going into business, Jamie Williams has been providing service to area customers as a cleaning technician, while Dan Williams said he does more marketing and office-related work.

Dan Williams said at one point he trained to be a back-up cleaning technician as well, but, he said, “The machine is a workout.”

Becoming a Chem-Dry technician took special training, Jamie Williams said. He spent a week in Nashville, Tenn., learning about the equipment, carpet cleaning and stain removal.

Chem-Dry is the No. 1 carpet cleaning franchise in the U.S., Dan Williams said. The Chem-Dry cleaning process uses carbon dioxide instead of water to get dirt and stains out, so carpets and upholstery take less time to dry, he said.

Currently, Southwest Chem-Dry serves customers across a three-county area, including Lyon, Lincoln and Pipestone County. If business goes well, Jamie Williams said he’s thinking about widening the service area in the future.

So far, the work is treating him well.

“I like it. I like being my own boss,” Jamie Williams said.

Dan Fosvick has also helped the Williamses transition into taking ownership of Southwest Chem-Dry.

Jamie Williams worked with Fosvick to get a sense of the business, and he said Fosvick has been available to help answer questions as the Williamses started out on their own.

“Dan (Fosvick) has been a real asset for resources,” Dan Williams said.