By Jenny Callison
BLUE ASH - Greater Cincinnati is home to not one, but two national franchisers of handyman services.
Handyman Connection, based in Blue Ash, grew from one man's observation into a network of 125 franchises in the U.S. and Canada. After retired managers Arthur Neuman and Marvin Belkin failed to find a business to purchase together, they decided to start one. Neuman, the chairman of his condominium maintenance committee, noted that residents often couldn't find reliable people to do home repair.
"They came to the conclusion that there was a real need in the Greater Cincinnati marketplace for a company that would do small to medium-sized repairs and remodeling," said Keith Hahn, vice president and chief operating officer of Handyman Connection.
Handyman Connection took shape in 1990 in a Springdale office and found a huge demand for its services. It was profitable from the beginning.
The corporation owns the two franchises in the Tristate. Hahn said that locally, the company has a roster of 35 to 55 craftsmen, all of whom have at least 10 years of experience in their specialty.
"We have an inventory of skills we know each craftsmen has," Hahn said. "We will put the best guy on job, depending on the location."
While Neuman has retired from the company, Belkin is still actively involved.
The two local franchises are in Edgewood and in Blue Ash, near the company's new corporate headquarters.
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