Russell Thrash used to have a grocery store in Great Bend, but he saw another business opportunity he decided to pursue instead.
In 1987, he started TFM Services, a facility maintenance company.
Over the years, TFM grew into a regional firm with moves into Kansas City, Lincoln and Omaha.
Now, it’s entering Oklahoma.
“I’ve been prospecting down there for the last couple months,” says Brett Brownlee, business development manager.
He says he’s signed a dozen new grocery stores in Oklahoma City.
“We’re hoping by year end to have doubled the amount of stores we started with,” Brownlee says. “I have proposals out to three other customers that could potentially triple that amount.”
He says he also has proposals in Tulsa, Lawton, Stillwater and Bartlesville.
TFM does concrete polishing, pressure washing, window services and restroom deep cleaning for more than 100 Dillons stores and 150 other grocery stores along with 150 Kwik Shops.
The company also has customers in the medical, educational and industrial sectors.
“We actually just last week for the first time signed … 102 employee checks, so we just went over the triple-digit mark,” Brownlee says.
TFM also has more than 40 subcontractors.
It’s headquartered in Delano near Douglas and Seneca.
Brownlee says the company is focused on expansion right now, including beyond Oklahoma.
“Once we get these up and running, we’re definitely going to be going somewhere else,” he says. “We’ll be growing for sure.”