In 1987, Josephine Ames left the security of teaching and started J.C. Cleaning Service as a residential cleaning service. A few years later, her husband Bill retired from teaching and joined the growing company. With his expertise in home building and repair, Ames Services Limited was created to service every homeowners needs and wants. The “soup to nuts” attitude, hard work and total dedication to business assured steady and significant growth.
It was just a matter of time until the opportunity to expand into commercial and industrial maintenance services presented itself. Increased exposure, professional service, training, education and experience have brought Ames Services Limited to be a prominent building maintenance service provider in Central Pennsylvania.
In 2000, Mark Cheyney, Josephine’s son, left the chemistry profession to join the family business as an entry level technician. It wasn’t long that he fell in love with servicing the clients and making them happy with a job well done. From technician to site supervisor, Mark’s knowledge expanded into window cleaning, carpet extraction and hard floor maintenance. This experience led to the creation of a new Special Service’s division.
This new division created many more opportunities to service clients and to perform special projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. But more importantly, this experience solidified Ames Services Limited’s role with it’s clients.
In 2005, Mark was promoted to Vice-President of Operations and his role expanded to overseeing sales and managing both Commercial and Special Services divisions. This led him to being recognized as one of the top “40 under 40” business leaders in Pennsylvania in 2008.
In 2011, the 2nd generation of ownership was born; Mark entered into an agreement with his parents to purchase the cleaning divisions and created Ames Janitorial Services. The re-focus for the new company was providing exceptional quality with top rated customer service while providing a great place for people to work. In just 6 years, this focus has led to tripling the work force and tripling the yearly sales.
In 2017 Ames Janitorial Services celebrates 30 years of quality hard work and great customer service!
Our motto “Our Customers and Employees come First” says it all.