News & History

December 2015 – Environment Control receives InBusiness Magazine’s Executive Choice finalist award in the category “Cleaning/Building Maintenance Company” for the sixth year in a row. Companies are chosen by members of the magazine’s Executive Register using a fill-in-the-blank format, which ensures top-of-mind selections. Read more…

May 2015 – Jan Concklin, Executive Assistant and long-time telephone voice of Environment Control of Wisconsin, retires after 27 years of dedicated, cheerful and insightful service to the company. We welcome Melody Hanson as she takes on the challenge of learning the many aspects of accounting that Jan performed.

December 2014 – Environment Control receives InBusiness Magazine’s Executive Choice finalist award in the category “Cleaning/Building Maintenance Company” for the fifth year in a row. Companies are chosen by members of the magazine’s Executive Register using a fill-in-the-blank format, which ensures top-of-mind selections. Read more…

November 2014 – John Lamb retires from Environment Control after a 36 year career, growing the company from a handful of employees in Madison to a thriving 500+ employee, multi-branch business. Tom Hanson becomes President and takes on full ownership of the company.

December 2013 – Environment Control has received InBusiness Magazine’s Executive Choice finalist award in the category “Cleaning/Building Maintenance Company” for the fourth straight year. Companies are chosen by members of the magazine’s Executive Register using a fill-in-the-blank format, which ensures only top-of-mind selections. Read more…

October 4, 2013 – Environment Control of Wisconsin takes 1st place in our national organization’s competition for sales and overall performance, receiving the “Corporate Award of Excellence” for the third time in our history at the Environment Control National Leadership Convention in Newport Beach, CA.

Thank you to all of our clients, past and present, who have helped us grow, improve our services and offer employment and career opportunities in the communities we serve.

2013 – Growth continues in the greater Milwaukee with new business in the health care market.

2012 – Environment Control of Wisconsin turns 40!

After a few busy months we now occupy our wonderful new Agriculture Drive facility. Growth keeps us very busy this year, as we welcome many new clients to our service portfolio.

2011 – Environment Control of Wisconsin purchases a new building on the East Side of Madison as our new corporate headquarters. Planning begins for relocation to be completed by the end of February 2012.

2007 – Environment Control of Wisconsin takes first place in our national organization’s recognition program for sales and overall performance, receiving Environment Control’s coveted “Corporate Award of Excellence” at our triennial national convention in Maui.

2006 – Environment Control of Wisconsin begins doing business in the Milwaukee metro area with the signing of several health care facilities in March.

2002 – ECWISCONSIN.COM goes online in May.

Environment Control of Wisconsin bids farewell to Steve Fosnot, Vice President, Operations. Pursuing his dream of owning and operating his own EC company, Steve purchases a company in north Seattle, WA. Tom Hanson & John Lamb purchase Steve’s minority interest and Tom takes on the task of managing operations in Wisconsin.

2002 – Environment Control of Madison officially becomes Environment Control of Wisconsin as operations in the Fox Valley area begin in February with the signing of four Affinity Health clinics along with several other smaller facilities. Our Fox Valley Branch office is opened in Appleton. Plans for expansion into the Milwaukee area begin.

2001 – Environment Control of Madison again wins the National organization’s highest honor, the “Corporate Award of Excellence.”

2000 – 2001 – While the company continues to grow in the Madison area, plans are made to begin expansion into other locations in the State: the Fox Valley is targeted as the first area for expansion.

1998 – Environment Control relocates its offices, moving from the “Industrial Park” splendor of Index Road on Madison’s south side to its current “Class A” location in the Old Sauk Trails Corporate Business Park.

Environment Control of Madison wins the “Corporate Award of Excellence,” the highest honor bestowed by our national organization, in part recognizing the company’s ongoing status as the highest performing Environment Control franchise.

1997 –Environment Control of Madison is rewarded by the national Environment Control organization for its progress with expansion of territory rights for the entire state of Wisconsin, paving the way for future growth.

1996 – President and Owner John Lamb welcomes Vice Presidents Steve Fosnot and Tom Hanson as partners and minority Owners in Environment Control of Madison.

1992 – 1999 – Environment Control of Madison enters a period of rapid growth. Having developed the necessary background experience and expertise, the company makes the transition from small-scale janitorial company to a successful Building Service Contractor with substantial (and increasing) market share in the Madison area. During this period, new relationships are developed with a variety of large facility clients.

1988 – John signs two new, larger sized facilities—Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Madison Medical Center—that represent a major step forward for the company (both have remained Environment Control clients to this day).

Current Administrative Manager, Jan Concklin, joins the team as a part-time Administrative Assistant, beginning her long, productive, and versatile career with Environment Control.

Box Truck, Environment Control1992 – After gradually purchasing ownership from the original partners throughout the 1980’s, John buys out the last partner and becomes 100% owner of Environment Control in Madison.

Steve Fosnot signs on with Environment Control to help manage a temporary contract at American Family Insurance’s new National Headquarters. The contract ends but Steve’s career goes onward … and upward.

1979 – 1987 – The company steadily grows in revenues, capability, and number of facilities and employees.

1979 – Current Vice President of Support & Development, Tom Hanson is hired by John as a “supervisor” and promptly begins cleaning. He is a Senior in high school and would laugh if you told him that he would be employed with Environment Control 24 years later.

1978 – Having gone through five managers in six years, the local partners hire 24-year old John Lamb as General Manager. He promptly begins cleaning as well as trying on other business hats: supervisory, sales, administration and personnel. The company provides janitorial services for a handful of small buildings cleaned by as many employees.

Environment Control's first sign

1972 – Environment Control of Madison, a commercial cleaning company, is born after five local businessmen purchase the Dane County franchise rights from the national Environment Control organization.