Basement Systems CEO Janesky - Business New Haven Business Person of the year in 2009 hasn’t slowed down yet.
Seymour: Larry Janesky, CEO of Basement Systems, will see his company hit the thirty year mark next year, but the celebration is coming a little early.
The company has just unveiled a new three story 37,000 square foot “Building 9,” a $5.5 million dollar expansion featuring additional office and warehouse space on its fifty acre campus in Seymour.
Janesky was Business New Haven’s Businessperson of the Year in 2009 when he told us “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” That philosophy has worked well for the combined companies, which have more than $100 million in annual sales and 400 dealers in three countries.
The company’s Connecticut Basement Systems division services Connecticut and Westchester directly with basement waterproofing, crawl space and foundation repair. Janesky has said employment at the company, which exceeds three hundred employees, has increased by 50 staff members in the past twelve months.
In addition to directly providing services to homeowners, the company franchises the Basement Systems name and provides systems and products to dealers.
The Seymour staff support the dealers with products and training and the new facilities, which include the company’s third warehouse, will also house new training facilities for dealer contractors.
Janesky explained how problems he saw with wet basements helped form the basis for his company when we first wrote about him in 2009, and how the challenges of wet basements and older foundations led to his company’s success, “that made me think about new products — new and better draining systems, new and better sump-pump systems, basement flooring systems, basement wall, paneling and covering systems, basement window products — we innovated in all those areas and took the industry to a whole different place than it had been before.”
Janesky says he didn’t want to add a mundane building, telling the media at the opening, “Building 9 is a glass, blue-and-white warehouse with a 9-foot stainless steel globe out in front that mirrors the one from the (1964) World’s Fair.”