Whether you know it or not, you’ve seen the work of American Companies, Inc. For the past 31 years, owner Gale Holsman and his team have provided street, parking lot, and event clean-up across Kansas City, including Chiefs and Royals games, the Country Club Plaza, and even Martin City’s St. Patrick’s parade.
In 2017, Holsman purchased 18 acres between Blue Ridge and 135th Street, just east of the railroad tracks crossing Holmes Road in Martin City. The property had been sitting vacant for almost 20 years. Holsman is investing over $700,000 to transform it into a storage and equipment rehab facility for the company.
“We’d been looking for a place to expand, and the property in Martin City was the right place at the right time for us,” said Holsman. “Martin City is a perfect location for us because it’s right in the middle of where we do business, with easy access to the rest of Kansas City.” He said he wanted to fix up the property, keep it neat and organized, and make it something Martin City can be proud of.
Holsman learned about “sweeper trucks” in the early 1980’s when he was working for a national municipal solid waste company as a rear load garbage operator and saw a business opportunity.
“I realized I didn’t want a job where I was a number – someone who nobody would notice if I was there or not,” said Holsman. “So I bought my first truck, figured out how to work it, and the rest is history.”
At first, Holsman swept parking lots for free and left a note on the door that he cleaned their lot. Over time, managers started calling him when they noticed their lots hadn’t been cleaned for a few weeks. Soon, the business exploded with over 20 sweeper trucks and clients all over Kansas City, including the parking lots at Bannister Mall, JC Penney stores, and Royals and Chiefs games.
His favorite memory came when he was cleaning the Royals’ parking lot after the World Series victory in 1985. Good Morning America was set up for a live remote when a limo pulled up at 4:00 AM and Royals pitcher, Brett Saberhagen emerged.
“He introduced himself and said, ‘I’ve been watching you sweep all season. Can I ride around with you so I can get away before I’m on TV?’ I said, ‘Sure, get in!” and before I knew it I was doing circles in J Lot with the World Series MVP!”
Today, the company includes five divisions specializing in parking lot sweeping, roll-off dumpsters, portable toilets, asphalt repair, and event stage rental.
- Street Sweeping
- Power Washing
- 20, 30, 40-yard Roll-offs
- Construction Portable Toilets
- Special Event Portable Toilets
- Luxury Toilet Trailers
- Stage Rental
- Event Clean-up
- Trash Boxes
To learn more, please visit their website.