Becoming a Plumber was never my biggest aspiration in life. In fact, my eyes were set on becoming a fighter pilot by the time that I was eight years old. Growing up as the only-child of a hard-working plumber meant that I was oftentimes enlisted to provide the help that my father, Greg Granger Sr. needed. I was the parts-runner, the trencher, the cleaner-upper, and the one that he oftentimes relied on the most to help him get a job done.
I did not always have the same appreciation for the trades. For many years, I spent my time trying to find jobs that would take me out of that line of work - but somehow, I always found myself back at a place where I would utilize some, or all, of the experience that I have picked up along the way. Fast-Forward a couple of decades, and I now fully understand the challenges that my father faced as a contractor, leader, husband, and friend. No matter how tired he was, he always jumped up when duty called, and went to come to someone’s rescue.
This was not always the easiest life for him to live - especialy when he started his business “Granger’s Plumbing” in Hemet, California. If I was to ask him today, I’m quite certain that he would still say that it’s the hardest thing he’s ever had to do. It required being on-call twenty-four hours a day, seven days - year around. I would watch him stay up late, make his material lists (he always wrote them on some sort of cardboard box), eat dinner and repeat the next day.
The trades have always been rewarding. Whether it’s the sense of accomplishment when a project is complete, a repair made, or even just helping someone out is always one of the most rewarding things!
Greg Granger Sr. - 2014
Rick Granger (Left), Jim Granger (Middle) and Greg Granger Sr. (Right)
Those are the words that run through my mind everytime I am working on something. While Plumbing may have been a bit “simpler” back then, considering that there were not expensive electronic components in plumbing systems then, the same principles remain true today. Do it right. Don’t stop until it’s perfect. Make sure it’s straight and level. Always be fair and honest. Hard Work ALWAYS pays off.
Among the many things that my father believes in, Hand-Workmanship is one of the biggest things. He believes that power-tools are there to assist with the job, but the finished product should be assembled by hand, and with the utmost care and attention to detail. I share the same principles with our team today, and strive to make them better not only personally, but professionally as well.
This was more than just a tag-line to my father. It is what he truly believes in, and continues pushing me to provide to this day. While we may not be able to work together today, the simple yet powerful life principles that he taught me are very much still a part of my daily life.
If you’ve ever met Greg, you likely know how passionate he is about his work. Having been exposed to the trades at such a young age, Greg picked up invaluable experience in the construction industry, project management and customer service.
At eighteen years old, Greg joined the United States Air Force as a Power Production Apprentice (3E0X2), which was the Air Force Specialty for not only Power Plant Operations, but Aircraft Arresting Systems as well. As a member of the Civil Engineering Squadrons, Greg gained his experience through military training, deployments, and combat experience.
As a Business Owner, Greg spends the bulk of his time in the field. Whether it’s helping a customer, giving a quote, or training the team - Greg prefers to stay busy and do what he believes he’s been called to do…help others. Whether it’s helping a teammate learn something new, or helping a customer find and fix a mysterious problem - Greg LOVES what he “does” for a living!
Anyone who meets Jaithen understands exactly why he is a master of his craft. Starting his career in the late nineties, Jaithen spent the better part of two decades installing air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems and grooming others to take on his role as a lead installer. If you ever watch him work, you’ll see that Jaithen is a busy-body and is always busy improving something!
As a business owner, you’ll see Jaithen in the field, typically on larger projects, training our teammates to be faster, more versatile, and masters of their respective crafts. Jaithen’s extensive experience allows him to understand the entire home on a whole new level and Jaithen absolutely loves what he “does” for a living.
Our Mission is to affect change in the lives of others. Whether it’s helping a customer in a time of need, repairing something that broke, or helping one of our family members or friends - we choose to be SERVANTS in our Community. Further, we believe that teaching young men and women the trades and business is what will help them thrive and impact generational changes in their family - breaking the cycle of poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, and violence. Faith. Family. Community. That’s the Granger’s Way!
We believe that Leadership is one of the most important and missing traits in society today. Unless you grew up with a well-defined family leader, who do you really model yourself after? Who taught you right from wrong? Who taught you that getting up and showing up to work on time was the first and most basic step of your workday? In many cases, these can be things that we run into with younger teammates that are joining us today.
By practicing and teaching Leadership and living a life worthy of your created purpose, we believe that we can teach and help others become stronger leaders in their personal and professional lives. This is one of the many things that we have picked up along the way, and work to instill in those who we call “Teammates."
There’s a couple of generations now that do not even know what a “checkbook” looks like. Let alone how to “balance” said checkbook. Since the advent of computers (which are amazing and necessary today), there are generations to come of people who do not know how to balance their finances and plan. We believe that teaching our teammates about financial independence is the single most important thing that we can do to change the trajectory of their life.
Our Teammates are all compensated commensurate with their skill and time of service. That said, if they are living properly, they can live a good life. “The Trades” can be a hard life for sure, but a rewarding one if you are prudent with your income, work hard, and buy the right tools. All of this is instilled into EVERY TEAMMATE.
If a teammate spends no time investing into themself, it will show in the work that they put forth. We know that, and we have experienced that. We have also seen the teammates that put in a significant effort to learn on their own time. Typically, these are the motivated teammates that will outpace someone who chooses to go home and learn nothing.
At Granger’s we prefer to push one another towards excellence. Both “on the field, and off of the field” because we believe it takes excellence to achieve greater. Why be ‘ordinary’ when we are created to be “extraordinary?"