Fish: They do windows

By William Duffield Staff writer

February 21, 2014

XENIA — Remember the old joke about the housekeeper who always says “I don’t do windows…” You don’t have to worry about that when you contact one of the newest businesses in Xenia.

Fish Window Cleaning DOES windows — be it commercial or residential — and more.

“We’re dependable and reliable,” Shane Hartley, owner of the local Fish Window Cleaning location, said. “And, we’re year round.”

Hartley, a former police officer in Athens, Ohio, and an US Army vet with 27 years under his belt, said that when he returned from Afghanistan in 2012, he began looking for a business he could own and operate.

“I was looking for a different franchise,” he added. “I worked through FranChoice and they matched me up with three potential franchises.

“Fish looked to be the best of the three because of three things: the simplicity of its system, the low overhead, and a very needed service.”

Fish Window Cleaning has been around since 1978 and has 230 franchises around the country.

“The franchises are independently owned and operated,” Hartley said. “We’re licensed, bonded and fully insured. We’re glad to give free estimates for both commercial and residential customers.”

Along with the window cleaning, the Roseville, Ohio native said Fish also cleans gutters and performs light power-washing on soffits and siding.

“And, really, we can clean anything glass,” Hartley continued. “We’ve done chandeliers, not to mention other light fixtures.”

To prepare for the new business, Hartley completed multiple weeks of training in the Xenia area and at Fish Window Cleaning headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. He is currently hiring and accepting applications.

“I am committed to providing quality service and 100 percent satisfaction that FISH customers have come to expect,” said Hartley. “I look forward to meeting my residential and commercial neighbors and becoming the top, reliable provider for window cleaning needs.

“So far, I’ve found everyone extremely friendly and I’ve met some great people,” he continued. “I have not had a single business turn me away and not let me write a free estimate.”

Nathan Merrick, vice president of franchise development, said that franchise owners get the opportunity to learn from the company’s 35 years of experience and business knowledge.

“FISH offers proven methods, training, a nationally recognizable business name, and uniformity,” Merrick said. “Shane’s vast business experience partnered with his passion and enthusiasm is sure to make his business successful.”

Hartley is providing his services for commercial and residential customers in East Dayton, Beavercreek, Fairborn, Kettering and Xenia.

“My region is pretty much from I-75 east, to Fairborn in the north and south almost to where I-75 and I-675 come together,” he said.

Hartley said he currently has a staff of two and is looking to expand.

“I am hiring,” he said. “I’ve posted all over. I need two additional employees for going on runs, and I also need a salesperson.”

Fish Window Cleaning is located at 74 N. Orange St., Suite B in Xenia. Anyone wanting to contact Hartley should call 855-601-3474.