SOURCE: Clockwork Home Services

Clockwork Home Services

December 04, 2010 14:22 ET

Local Sarasota Company Joins Forces With Toys For Tots to Brighten Kids' Holidays

SARASOTA, FL--(Marketwire - December 4, 2010) - Clockwork, Inc. is capping off a memorable year by joining forces with the 2010 U.S. Marine Reserves Toys For Tots campaign. At the end of a year which saw the Sarasota-based company become part of Direct Energy, company executives decided to incorporate "Holiday Cheer" to the list of home services provided by their Mister Sparky® America's On-Time Electrician, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® and One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating® franchises. They are donating over 2,000 remote control Hummer SUV toys to Toys For Tots locations across America. 150 of these toys are being donated to the Sarasota Toys For Tots by the company and local franchisees. In addition, Clockwork-affiliated contractors throughout the country are picking up brand new toys from customers during scheduled service calls and local Clockwork employees are also making their own toy donations. 

To mark the occasion on December 8, Terry Nicholson, Group President of Clockwork's Franchise and Success Group International Division, is joining with participating local franchise owners Rick Allard of One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating®, Dave Dahlquist of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® and Patrick Kennedy of Mister Sparky® to present these toys to Toys For Tots at its Elk Lodge depot located at 5680 Rosin Way.

Branded with logos for Mister Sparky®, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® and One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating®, these sturdy plastic remote control Hummer SUVs stand knee-high to an adult and carry a manufacturer's suggested retail value of $160.00. These toy trucks are currently for sale at local contractor locations, but the executive management team at Clockwork, Inc., has collectively decided to mark the year the company became the largest home services contractor in North America by offering these toy trucks to Toys for Tots as a way to brighten the holidays for children who might otherwise go without. 

"We sell these toys through our local Clockwork contractors and they've really been a hit. Kids like to pretend that they're a Mister Sparky® electrician, Ben Franklin plumber or One Hour HVAC serviceman," explained Chris Leach, vice president of franchise operations. "But we've also been finding that many families are continuing to struggle in this challenging economy. At Clockwork, we're all about services that keep families comfortable in their homes. So it only makes sense to team up with a charity dedicated to bringing joy to so many deserving families at a time when it can really mean so much to them."

Mister Sparky®, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® and One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating™ are all franchises of Clockwork, Inc. Franchises are dedicated to prompt and professional service backed by some of the strongest guarantees in the industry. After a recent merger with Direct Energy, one of North America's largest competitive retailers of energy and related services, Clockwork, Inc. has grown to become one of North America's largest providers of home repair and maintenance services.

About Clockwork, Inc.
Clockwork, Inc. is one of North America's largest providers of residential plumbing, electrical work, and HVAC. Founded in 1998, with headquarters in Sarasota, Florida, Clockwork, Inc. is dedicated to improving the operations, efficiency, customer service and profitability of contractors in the home services industry in North America through nationally branded franchises. The Clockwork, Inc. portfolio of companies includes Mister Sparky® Franchising, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® Franchising, One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating™ Franchising. For the third consecutive year, in 2010, Clockwork, Inc. was ranked on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 5,000® list of fastest‐growing private companies in the United States. For more information, visit

About Direct Energy
Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy related services providers with more than 6 million residential and commercial customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. Direct Energy operates in 46 U.S states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada.

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