Georg Efird runs an eight-person shop in North Carolina and makes it work. He wrote us this first-person account to share his plans to hire new techs, and make sure they stay to grow the profession for everyone. To borrow a line for his company’s website, Georg sees himself as part of the new “old generation” of plumbers. A gen-Xer, he learned from the baby boomers and is passing the torch to millennials.)
For the past 11 years, I’ve owned Blue Planet Plumbing, in Asheville, North Carolina, but I entered the plumbing trade at the early age of 17. It all started in 1992, on a hot summer night after clocking out at 2 a.m. after working a 17-hour shift at a popular chain restaurant for minimum wage pay of $4.25 an hour.