Biz Buzz: Poop Dudes’ septic business is causing a stir in eastern Idaho
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When the shit hits the fan, this septic company likes to eliminate your problems
IDAHO FALLS — Matt Haney can honestly say he has the shittiest job in eastern Idaho, and he couldn’t be happier about it.
The 27-year-old Idaho Falls resident opened Poop Dudes in October, a septic business that serves customers throughout the region.
Although the work environment literally stinks and employees spend all day chasing crap, Haney tells EastIdahoNews.com that morale isn’t in the toilet and the company is strong.
“We are very busy. I work all day, every day — Friday, Saturday and Sunday, even — 10 to 15 hours a day,” Haney says. “With the number of houses being built right now, (long days) are not uncommon.”
Haney runs the business from home and offers septic tank and sewer line repairs, installations and inspections. And when shit hits the fan and systems are backed up, he has a regular group he can call on for help.
“I don’t currently pump septic tanks, but I outsource all my work to a gentleman named Troy with Southfork Septic,” says Haney. “We are helping a few builders here. I just ran a Google ad, and the name is really getting noticed. I can’t tell you how many times people say, “We’re just using you so we can write a check to Poop Dudes.” » »
Haney had a side job in the septic industry for many years. He got his start in Tennessee, where he grew up.
Moved by the idea of living out west in the Rocky Mountains, he took a job at the Idaho National Laboratory about three years ago. Remembering how lucrative septic services could be, he pushed hard to open his own business in eastern Idaho.
“I have a few friends in Tennessee who have septic tank treatment businesses, but I’ve never done it myself,” Haney says. “I called (one of them) one day and said, ‘Hey, what do you think about developing the name and starting franchises? He loved the idea and let me run with it.
Over the past six months, he’s realized how easy it is to lobby for this needed service in eastern Idaho.
And for Haney, installing a septic tank is “a work of art.” He enjoys serving customers and making sure their septic system is working.
It plans to open locations in Wyoming and Montana in the future.
“I didn’t think I would get this busy so quickly, but I was very lucky,” Haney said.
Opening of the Blue Cross office in Pocatello
POCATELLO — Blue Cross of Idaho and the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon for its new district office in Chubbuck on Wednesday afternoon. The new satellite office is located at 852 West Quinn Road. Those in attendance included Paul Zurlo, president of health markets for Blue Cross of Idaho, and former Governor CL “Butch” Otter.
Opening of a pediatric clinic in Rexburg
REXBURG – With clinics in Idaho Falls and Chubbuck, Just 4 Kids is excited to expand pediatric urgent care services with a clinic in Rexburg this summer. The new clinic is under construction at 1218 Bond Avenue.
Just 4 Kids focuses on a range of acute illnesses and injuries, from colds to broken bones. It is designed for children.
The company was started in 2018 by pediatric intensivist Dr Aaron Gardner and his brother Travis Gardner to help fill a gap they saw in the healthcare system for children.
The Rexburg clinic will mirror the other locations and will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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