Crown started commmercial lot sweeping in 1971.  Formerly known as Regal Sweeping, the company was run by the Shambaugh brothers, and later Pete Bahan.  While we initially only provided sweeping, services such as landscaping, power washing, window cleaning, and striping were added over time. The seven Murphy siblings purchased three well-used Tymco sweeper trucks and a sweeping customer list consisting of such names as Alpha Beta, Market Basket, Zody’s, and Pantry Markets.  Meanwhile, industry icons such as Hank Fredricks, Norm Bass, and Jere Costello dominated the industry in the region.

For a historical perspective,  consider these facts from that time:

  • Gasoline cost 50 cents per gallon.
  • Truck-mounted vacuum sweepers did not exist .
  • Sweeping was performed by Wayne & Wilshire sweepers transported on trailers.
  • Fedco and Gemco were the only big-box stores.
  • The minimum wage was $1.60

As the reality set in that the commercial and retail property maintenance industry required full-time attention to sales, repairs, route-scheduling and grueling night-hours, the older, brighter siblings bowed out.  Ultimately, Paul, just sixteen at the time of purchase, became sole owner by 1976.  Paul ran the business while pursuing a career with the Pasadena Fire Department.  During his 30 years with PFD, Paul continued to build and re-shape the company.  By the time he retired from the fire service in 2007, the once retail-heavy routes were balanced out with sweeping and concrete cleaning contracts for large aerospace facilities, distribution and shopping centers, HOAs , hospitals, medical offices, industrial parks, and office parks. Bids, price quotes, and estimates for concrete cleaning, landscaping, striping, janitorial, and asphalt repair services are now available.

Today , Crown operates trucks in the counties of Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino.  Forming relationships with other professionals, Crown now offers such property maintenance needs as landscape care, janitorial services, concrete steam-cleaning, striping, window washing, and pressure washing.

Trailer-dependent sweepers have been replaced by truck-mounted units such as Masco, Scavnjer, and Shwartz.  Meanwhile, Fedco and Gemco have given way to Costco and Sam’s Club, and gasoline hovers around $4.00. 

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