After being gone for the majority of their adult lives, Cooper Smith and Keenan Smith recently returned to King, but not without a plan in hand.
The men officially opened Carolina Crawlspace LLC in August with an emphasis on employing local workers and bringing to light misconceptions about crawlspaces. Business has been booming and they’re off to a strong start.
Carolina Crawlspace primarily completes jobs in Stokes and Forsyth counties, but has been called upon to do work as far away as Asheville. The business provides services including drainage issues and encapsulation work.
Cooper joined the NAVY as a missal launch technician after graduating from West Stokes High School and served four years. He got his start in crawlspace work and HVAC while living in Boone and working as an electrical apprentice.
Keenan also lived in Boone and attended Appalachian State University. While there, he took business management classes, which has helped him get Carolina Crawlspace up and running.
The business partners are excited to reach out in the community and provide local employment and assist homeowners with moving towards proactive crawlspace initiatives.
“The pride we have from being raised here is tangible, almost like a compass,” Cooper said.
As for local employment options, both Cooper and Keenan said they’re looking to hire people who might have trouble finding rewarding employment, but have the skills and motivation required in their line of work which could include veterans and students.
“The work is hard, but there’s no lack of hard workers in the area,” Keenan said. “As word travels, we’ll be able to hire more local people.”
A useful resource that has aided them in their expansion efforts has been Hiring Line, a King based temp agency thatprovides them with skilled workers with short notice.
The two business partners said the need for more proactive crawlspace work is vital and cited a Duke Energy study that found that homeowners pay between 18 and 20 percent higher heating and cooling rates due to faulty or poorly maintained crawlspaces, which often allows air to escape through crawlspaces. Due to the loss of such high levels of air, Cooper explained that HVAC systems are forced to work double time, which in turn leads to the higher percentages of heating and cooling costs.
In moving forward with their mission to alter public perception about crawlspaces and ecological energy sources, Cooper said solar panels and spray foam are both important resources. He added the company is pushing towards a model that emphasizes the rebuilding of crawlspaces.
Cooper said they simply want to make houses more energy efficient and explained people are beginning to see the importance of such efforts.
Carolina Crawlspace LLC is a member of the Home Builders Association that covers both Stokes and Forsyth counties.
“I see no reason why in 20 years, King and Stokes County won’t be a major player in terms of industrial growth,” he said.
For more information about Carolina Crawlspace or to set up an appointment call 336-413-9667.
Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.