By Morgan Bryce/Assistant Communications Director
Rainbow International Restoration & Cleaning of Smiths Station, owned and operated by franchisee Jimmy Spann, is the City of Smiths Station’s October 2020 Business of the Month.
Spann, a Cottonton native, has lived and worked in the Smiths Station area for decades. A Glenwood graduate, he enlisted and served in the Navy briefly before a medical discharge brought him home.
Following short stints with several odd jobs after his Naval career, Spann said he took a job working in construction, and immediately fell in love with the occupation.
“I realized that not only was I good at it, but I enjoyed the work too. I’m also good with math, and I also liked that aspect of the work,” Spann said.
Spann would go on to work in residential contractor/construction work for the next two-plus decades before being offered a chance to become a franchisee with Rainbow in 2014. He accepted the offer and operated the business out of his home for the next two and a half years as he gradually built a solid reputation for good work in the Chattahoochee Valley area. In February 2017, he relocated his business to an office located within Southern Plaza at 9483 Lee Road 246.
While his posted office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern, Spann said he and his seven-member staff are on-call 24/7, 365 to assist customers in their time of need.
According to a description on Rainbow’s main website, the company was established in 1981 and “offers home restoration, commercial restoration and carpet cleaning services
which cover “fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, mold removal, smoke damage restoration, and more.”
“Most of our work is insurance driven, and we deal with a little bit of everything, particularly fire and water damage,” Spann said.
Spann may be based in Smiths Station and the Chattahoochee Valley, but serves customers as far south as Troy and Ozark and in Troup County (Georgia) and LaGrange.
Spann said the main piece of advice he gives to customers, particularly homeowners, is to not take issues for granted and get them resolved immediately before they worsen.
“People need to make monthly checks around their homes for leaks, for example, your bathroom or kitchen sink. If you don’t see that little water spot that may be forming underneath a leaky pipe, a few months from now you’ll say to yourself, ‘what’s that smell?’ and find your valuables covered in mold or the wood rotted out,” Spann said.
Besides making a living for himself and his family, Spann said he enjoys being able to give individuals a peace of mind and restore normalcy to their lives.
“I tell people, ‘I hope you never see me again under these circumstances.’ I think that’s what helped us stay in business – our desire to do it right the first time,” Spann said.
For more information, call 706-530-3000 and ask to speak to Spann.