Roy Vandervoort (Dutch) purchased and began operating the Jet Drain and Sewer Service franchise in 1969. For the next 7 years the company operated one van and performed drain services only. After being discharged from the Navy Seabees in 1976, Alan Thomas joined his step father Dutch and purchased a second van. In 1977, Alan’s wife Nanci began doing the bookkeeping part-time. A third van was purchased and Jim Walker, Nanci’s brother, started working part-time while attending the University of Nevada-Reno.
In 1983 Jim earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and accepted a position with Amoco Production Company in Riverton, Wyoming. During Jim’s stint with Amoco he relocated to Chicago for a few years where he attended the University of Chicago and earned his MBA. That same year Dutch decided to slow down a bit and sold the company to Alan and a partner.
In 1984 after 10 years in the banking industry Nanci began doing the books full time. The following year the Thomas’ were able to buy out their partner and become sole owners of the business. Alan obtained a plumbing contractor’s license in 1985 and by 1986 the company operated four service vans as well as a septic truck.
By the time Jim Walker rejoined the Jet in 1990 the company was growing and expanding rapidly. In 1991, the company hired Drew Rolley & Al Solomon and Jet added heating and air conditioning to the list of services. Over the next 9 years Jet continued to grow to over 16 service vehicles and in 2000 expanded to the Las Vegas market where a satellite office was opened. All accounting and dispatching was done out of the Reno/Sparks office until 2004. Late in ’04 Alan took over the Las Vegas operation while Jim and Nanci retained ownership of the Northern Nevada operation.
Jet Plumbing Today
Jet Plumbing, Heating and Drain Services operates out of a company owned 5,000+ sq. ft. building at 1553 Hymer Avenue in Sparks. Our 40+ exceptional field and office employees continue to provide superior plumbing, HVAC and underground utility service that keep Jet Plumbing, Heating & Drain Services at the forefront of the industry.
Company managers, office personnel and field technicians satisfy service call requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Traditionally, Jet is only closed one night per year for the company Christmas Party.