Mechanical Design & Service

Posted - Jan. 15, 2004 at 7:33 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Many people have a dream of owning their own business. They fantasize for years about being their own boss. They plan, think, talk about and hope for the day when they can be a business owner. Unfortunately, many times those dreams just don't materialize.

This is certainly not the case with Nick Toulatos and Michael Nelson. It didn't take them years to realize their dream. In fact it took ONE weekend.

The two friends were working for a large national company that specialized in heating, air-conditioning and related disciplines. The national company let their customer service deteriorate and the two became disenchanted. On a Friday evening, Nick said, "You know, we could do this better ourselves. Why don't we start our own company?" They quit and on Monday morning, Mechanical Design & Service was in business.

"What did you do for a customer base?" I asked. "Business was immediate. We kept our own cell phone numbers and the calls started that first day. And word of mouth of our new company spread fast throughout the Wasatch Front," Nick told me.

Although the business started in Davis County, customers are now spread all over the United States. While I was visiting in the office, they were working with customers from Brownsville, Texas, Wichita, Kansas and Minnesota.

They are very busy providing companies with all systems to convert existing buildings into "automatic buildings." Their work provides businesses the opportunity to monitor and remotely control all aspects of the building "comfort" factors, such as lighting, heating, air-conditioning, etc. through the Internet or by telephone.

Mechanical Design & Service offers "turnkey" operations. They design, construct, install and implement all aspects of mechanical engineering.

Mike and Nick didn't procrastinate while considering being entrepreneurs and business owners. They jumped right in and are delighted they did.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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