SOURCE: Clockwork Home Services

Clockwork Home Services

December 03, 2010 19:30 ET

Mister Sparky®, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® and One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating™ Join Forces for Toys for Tots Holiday Drive in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - December 3, 2010) - Add spreading holiday cheer to the list of home services provided by Mister Sparky® America's On-Time Electrician, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® and One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating™ in the greater-Minneapolis metropolitan area. Local franchisees and company-owned stores have banded together to donate 150 over-sized remote control Hummer SUV toys to the U.S. Marine Reserves Toys for Tots Campaign local headquarters at 2360 Pilot Knob Rd. in Mendota Heights on December 8.

Participating in the local toy drop is Mister Sparky® franchise owner Mark Cemensky, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® General Manager Steve Grohn, and One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating™ franchise owner Brad Peet.

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 offer 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."

As part of making the Toys for Tots its lead charity for the holidays, all Minneapolis area Mister Sparky®, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® and One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating™ contractors have also committed to collecting brand new toys for the drive while representatives are on site for scheduled service calls in the greater Minneapolis area.

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 and 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 http://clockworkhomeservices.com/.

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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