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Ohio Basement Systems Focuses on Future Growth Through Partnership with Groundworks

The Ohio Basement Systems Team

Partnership Offers Employees Additional Opportunities

Today Ohio Basement Systems announced it has joined the nation’s largest privately-owned foundation services company, Groundworks Companies.

Ohio Basement Systems (OBS) is the fourth company this year to join Groundworks and marks the fourteenth to join within the last three years. As OBS sought opportunities for their company and employees to grow, Groundworks’ belief that the quality of a company’s work should determine their ability to grow proved to a major catalyst in the decision to partner.

Mike and Gayle Rusk founded Ohio Basement Systems in 1999. They have built an award-winning team of professionals and a reputation as the top basement and foundation services expert in Northeast Ohio. Alongside their new sister company, Ohio Basement Authority, the two powerhouses of Ohio now have the ability to serve the entire state. In addition to allowing them to better serve Ohioans, the employee base will have the ability to not only grow within the current organization but also the ability to seek new professional opportunities throughout the nation under the 11 brands of the Groundworks banner.

“Ohio Basement Systems represents the best of the best in foundation services. Having the OBS team choosing to join Groundworks is humbling.  It shows our belief that every customer deserves the highest quality solutions and professionalism is the right position to hold,” said Matt Malone, CEO of Groundworks. “OBS has excelled with steady growth year after year. We are committed to providing them the support needed so their growth can go from steady to exceptional. The future is now for Ohio Basements Systems and we look forward to their growth beyond Northeast Ohio.”

The team of nearly 100 employees from OBS will join the Groundworks family and the Ohio Basement Systems brand will continue to do business under that name. Rusk will join the Groundworks Advisory Board; he has a proven reputation as an accomplished businessman and his expertise will help Groundworks continue to grow.

“The team that my wife and I have built over the last 20 years means a lot to us. We see these employees as our family and they deserve the ability to grow in their careers beyond what we can currently offer. We have had a long relationship with Matt (Malone) and the Groundworks team and see their industry-leading practices as the future of foundation services,” stated Mike Rusk. “Our OBS family members are nothing short of amazing and this partnership is for them. We are excited about what this means for everyone here.”

About Ohio Basement Systems

Mike and Gayle Rusk’s Ohio Basement Systems is a licensed contractor providing basement waterproofing, foundation repair, concrete lifting, crawl space repair, and basement finishing services. They have been performing basement waterproofing and crawl space repair in Northern Ohio since 1999. Ohio Basement Systems is a member of the Better Business Bureau and Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland.

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About Groundworks

Groundworks is the nation’s largest privately held foundation services company. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, the company provides foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and encapsulation, and concrete lifting. Groundworks is comprised of Complete Basement Systems, Florida Foundation Authority, Foundation Recovery Systems, Indiana Foundation Service, JES Foundation Repair, Mount Valley Foundation Services, Ohio Basement Authority, Ohio Basement System, Tar Heel Basement Systems, Independence Materials Group, and Bizwiz Software. Since 1986, the combined companies have helped over 150,000 homeowners protect and repair their most valuable asset, their home. Groundworks operates out of sixteen offices that serve Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The company has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work.

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