Recognizing another record-setting year, Restoration 1®, one of the fastest-growing and most-trusted restoration franchises in North America, is ringing in the New Year with momentum from an aggressive franchise and service expansion in 2017. Highlights from last year included the acquisition of bluefrog Plumbing + Drain®the addition of key members to the leadership team, and growing Restoration 1 by 70 locations across the United States.

With a goal to continue aggressively growing the brand, and after welcoming their largest training class in history, Restoration 1 expanded to 31 states last year. The number of open locations grew from 106 to 176, with the largest area of growth in North Carolina.

Restoration 1 also expanded its service offerings with the introduction of the Contents Cleaning Program in 2017. A service that restores customer belongings after damages, the program allows participating franchisees to add an additional revenue generator to their existing business while offering expanded services to customers.

Last July also marked a key milestone for the brand as Restoration 1 acquired a complimentary service brand, Phoenix-based bluefrog Plumbing + Drain (bluefrog). Gary Findley, CEO of Restoration 1 and bluefrog, has started replicating the process used to grow Restoration 1 to similarly expand bluefrog across the United States.

“We celebrated another year full of monumental growth and development,” said Findley. “We reached new milestones with our national presence. The acquisition of bluefrog marked an exciting time for our team and an immense opportunity for our franchise networks across both brands. With our talented franchisees and dedicated corporate staff, we expect both brands to continue to push the boundaries of the restoration, remediation, and plumbing world in 2018.”

The leadership team expanded to help service both brands as well. Kurt Lee Hurley was hired as Vice President and Director of Marketing for both Restoration 1 and bluefrog, Thomas Dougherty joined as the Vice President of Sales Training, Todd Bingham assumed the duties of Vice President of Business Development, and Dan Thrush was appointed as Restoration 1 Franchise Consultant.

Restoration 1 was also honored by Entrepreneur when the brand earned its highest ranking in company history on the prestigious Franchise 500® list where it jumped from #383 in 2016 to #96 in 2017. Additionally, Restoration 1 earned its first placement on Entrepreneur’s Fastest Growing Franchises List when they ranked #72.