THE EPA ASBESTOS RULING THAT BEGAN OUR STORY
In 1989, the era of Asbestos abatement began with an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) ruling that banned most asbestos-containing products. This ruling was later overturned and asbestos continues to be used in the US today, but the regulation of its use and the EPA ruling in 1989 opened the doors for a new field of work in the environmental industry.
BAXTER GROUP IS FORMED
Gary Bercaw and John Alexiou purchased Baxter Group, Inc. and began pioneering the asbestos abatement industry. They established their headquarters at 941 Progress Road in Chambersburg, PA.
1990 – 2010
A TIME OF GROWTH
Baxter Group established crews of conscientious, well-trained, licensed individuals with the ability to perform multiple projects of varying sizes simultaneously. Over time, their facility grew to eight offices, two warehouses, and eight storage buildings.
A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP
Jocelyne Melton, who took the reins of the Company as CEO after the death of John Alexiou, became actively involved in all aspects of the business. When Gary Bercaw decided his time at Baxter was at an end, Jocelyne was ready to step in and lead Baxter Group, Inc. into the rapidly expanding environmental quality company it was already becoming.
Baxter Group became Nationally Certified with the Federal Government as an Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business and a Women Business Enterprise in the states of Pennsylvania and Maryland. New divisions were added, including:
Mold assessment & remediation, lead detection & abatement, radon measurement, HVAC cleaning, air quality testing, and indoor environmental cleanup
After working side-by-side on many projects, friend and fellow contractor Steven E. Jaymes decided to retire. Baxter Group acquired the home improvement contracting company and was then accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Program, where they were encouraged to expand and grow their Indoor Environmental Division. By the end of 2017, Baxter Group, Inc. had doubled their workforce.
As Baxter Group celebrated 30 years in 2019, the team was both humbled and honored to accept the SBA Women Owned Business of the Year Award for Eastern PA. This achievement was followed by the Franklin County Area Development Corporation (FDADC) Small Business of the Year Award.
Baxter Group, Inc. has become a company with a strong reputation, extensive resources, and the capability of undertaking and successfully completing small residential projects to larger and more complex commercial projects.
As they move forward with a vision for the future, the Baxter Environmental Group, Inc. takes pride in making a difference in the lives of clients in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.