MBJ: 450 ServiceMaster employees descend on Downtown
Before they’ve even moved in Downtown, employees at Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. are doing a little spring cleaning.
As part of its inaugural “Spring Clean” event — held Friday, March 31 — 450 volunteers from ServiceMaster took part in 10 separate beautification projects in and near Downtown. The event was in conjunction with Clean Memphis, the UrbanArt Commission, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, the Downtown Memphis Commission and Advance Memphis.
“We had to leave somebody back at the office to work; otherwise, we would have had 1,000 [people], I think,” said Robert Gillette, CEO of ServiceMaster. “We do [service projects] all year round, but we just thought with our move Downtown, this would be a great time to come out.”
ServiceMaster announced in June 2016 it would relocate its global headquarters to the former Peabody Place Mall, following a $35 million renovation of the 340,000-square-foot facility. That remodel is well underway, and the company anticipates it will open its innovation center in the building during the second quarter of this year. By early next year, 1,200 total employees will be relocated to the Downtown headquarters.
Friday’s volunteer efforts included mural work, artistic crosswalks, residential beautification projects, debris removal, exterior improvements to the Cossitt Library and more.
Jessica Hord, director of marketing and communications for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, said ServiceMaster has worked with their organization since 2007.
Multiple houses on Looney Avenue in the Uptown neighborhood received facelifts thanks to ServiceMaster and Memphis Habitat.
Tanja Mitchell, community development coordinator for Uptown Memphis, said the assistance from ServiceMaster employees meant a lot to the street, which she considers a gateway to the rest of the Uptown neighborhood.