About the business:
While CEO Ernie Gutierrez worked in the construction industry in the 1990s, he dreamed of improving his lot. Gutierrez obtained a painting-contracting license and then went door-to-door with flyers to advertise his newly formed painting business. A few years later, a friend told him about the dangers of lead-based paint, and the ripe business opportunity in its removal. After attending trade school, to learn more about the safe removal of lead-based paint, Gutierrez used $60,000 in credit card debt to fund and found Allied Industries.
The company has expanded and now specializes in the removal of many other environmental toxins. Allied Industries also provides environmental remediation, environmental consulting, engineering and construction services.
--By Eno Alfred and Daron Sharps
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