ABOUT VIRO

History:

In 1971, Enviromatic Corporation of America™ (Viro) began with the idea that cleaning and servicing grease exhaust systems should be done to the highest and most exacting industry standards.

Today, Enviromatic has gone further than any other company with our Roto-Steamcleaning™ and Powerwashing division and world-renowned EnVirospection® Nationwide Inspection Program, the innovative and groundbreaking, completed job picture programs... We just don't say it's clean, We prove it! The Enviroleaktest program for water leak testing grease exhaust vent systems is another example of our commitment to setting the quality standards for the industry.

Enviromatic Corporation provides the highest quality kitchen exhaust system cleaning, services, products, and consulting. We handle almost all aspects of the grease exhaust systems from assisting design, providing parts, leak testing the ductwork during construction, providing rooftop containment systems, inspecting and monitoring the cleanings outside of our service area, assisting with contracts and kitchen exhaust cleaning programs, providing kitchen exhaust training for end users and AHJs, along with our core work of cleaning and maintaining the exhaust systems. In addition to setting the industries highest quality standards, Enviromatic is also the leading innovator in the kitchen exhaust cleaning industry with many current industry standard programs either started or perfected by Enviromatic staff over the past 50 years.

With its strong foundation in Minneapolis, MN, Enviromatic began to expand in the 90's with the 1995 acquisition of the Blower Balancing and Repair Company and the opening of the Des Moines, St. Louis and Kansas City branches. In 2003, the acquisition of Majestic Cleaning of Rockford, IL extended Enviromatic eastward and led to additional shops being opened in:

     Houston, Texas
     Chicago, Illinois
     Dallas, Texas
     Denver, Colorado
     Atlanta, Georgia
     Columbus, Ohio
     Des Moines
     Kansas City, Missouri
     St Louis, Missouri
     Orlando, Florida
     Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
     Bloomington, Minnesota (New Headquarters)
     Opening soon - Richmond, Virginia

As a result of the tremendous response requesting Enviromatic's quality work resulting in growth, Enviromatic Corporation of American (Viro) moved into a new state of the art national headquarters building in Bloomington MN in March 2020. We look forward to the expansion and serving more customers across the states.

Our new Headquarters:

Viro continues to break new ground in the kitchen grease exhaust field with the development of the ViroGuard™ Rooftop Grease Retention System, our Chemical Division, Parts Division, and Roto-Steamcleaning and Powerwashing and most recently, the EnVirospection grease exhaust system inspection program.

Enviromatic Roto-steamcleaning™ and Powerwashing division services kitchen hoods and grease exhaust vent systems in a 31-state area: MN, ND, SD, WI, IA, MI, IL, MO, KS, NE, FL, CO, IN, AR, OK, TX, MS, OH, KY, TN, GA, AL, LA, NC, SC, VA, PA, WY, NY, DC, MD

EnVirospection® and Enviroleaktest services, ViroGuard™ UL listed rooftop grease containment systems, Virospec parts, and Virochem Chemicals are available nationwide.

Who's Who:

Enviromatic is a family-led corporation whose top 5 management personal have over 190+ years of grease exhaust vent cleaning experience. That averages over 38 years per person.

Founder and CEO Larry Pfleiderer purchased Enviromatic in 1973. A leader far ahead of his time in the industry, Larry's original innovations in cleaning, customer service, scheduling, quality control procedures, and designs are the foundation for the equipment and management that Enviromatic uses today and have become industry standards for cleaning grease exhaust vent systems. Sadly, Larry passed away in May of 2019. He is missed by all.

Company President and Owner Don Pfleiderer began in 1974. Don is directly involved in the daily management and strategic vision of the company, leading Enviromatic into the future. He prides himself on knowing and interacting with the customers directly and is intimately involved in customer service, consulting, and hospitality/restaurant association duties. Don also does nationwide training seminars for various restaurant associations, restaurant management teams and fire inspectors including the Minnesota building code official annual conference. His accomplishments include the development and patent of the world-renowned "ViroGuard" grease containment system and the development and implementation of the EnVirospection Nationwide Inspection program for grease exhaust systems. Don is also a member of the IKECA Standards Development Committee Consensus Body for developing new ANSI standards for kitchen hoods and grease exhaust vent systems. In 2012, Don was elected to the IKECA Board of Directors, serving from 2013 through 2019.

Find out more about Don's Training Seminars ...       Seminars

     Hello Don - It was great meeting you today. We appreciate the time you have taken from your busy schedule to be part of our Fire Inspector training. Your presentation was very informative, it is always a plus when we are able to learn something new. The personnel has dropped by my office and thank me for inviting you to our training. That tells me how much they appreciate your training and expertise in commercial kitchen inspections. We will put the telescopic selfie camera prop into use, knowing now, how it will help us in our inspections-many thanks. Please let us know if there is any way that we can be of some help to you in the future. Thank you again.
     ~ Isaias Cruz, Captain, Fire Inspector/Arson Investigator

 

Meet Some of the Senior Staff

 

Operations Manager Mike Gronlund joined the team in 1980 and now has over 40 years of continuous service. In addition to many years of managing the kitchen exhaust cleaning operations nationwide, Mike (CECS, CESI) is an IKECA certified Exhaust Cleaning Specialist and Certified Exhaust System Inspector, including an OSHA guideline and enforcement specialist. He also sits on the IKECA Certification Committee. Mike has also written various articles that have been published in the IKECA Magazine. The "late 70s and 80s also brought Parts and Maintenance Manager Dave Pfleiderer (joining full time in 1985), and National Customer Service Manager Tim Smith (CECS, CESI), in 1987 (celebrating his 34th anniversary with Viro in 2020).

"The 90s brought Viro Asst Operations manager James Bailey (CECS) in 1992 (celebrating his 29th anniversary with Viro). Ken Lee, Senior Crew Chief in 1992, inventory specialist Robert "Butch" Devaney in 1994, Tony Carlson Senior crew chief in 1996, Payroll/Service Channel/everything specialist Patrice Groves in 1997, and Scheduling manager Sylvia Almaguer in 1999 (retired July 2018).

The "2000s" opened with CFO Wayne Webb joining Viro in 2000 and Sr. Scheduling Manager Brett McLeod coming on board in 2004. Blower Balancing and Repair General Manager Ryan Smith came on board in 2006, moving over to the Blower Balancing and Repair Division in 2013. Mpls. supervisor Leng Vang came on board in 2003 and is celebrating his 17th year. With our expansion into additional states, Viro added Midwest Regional Manager and National Project Manager Steve Garkinos (CESC, CESI) along with Chicago Area Supervisor Oscar Villacorta (CESC) to the team in 2007. Based out of the Chicago (Lombard) regional office, both Steve and Oscar brought with them many years of restaurant and facilities management. Steve manages nine midwest states ranging from Illinois to Southern and Eastern Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, and Upstate New York. Western Regional Manager, Joe Houston (CECS, CESI) started in 2006 and is working out of our Denver regional office in charge of the western region (CO, WY, NE, IA, MO, and KS); Southeast Area manager, Sheldon Raglund (CECS) coming on board in 2010 works out of our Atlanta regional office in charge of the Southeast Region of AL, TN, GA, SC, NC, MD, DC, and VA; and Texas Area Manager, Jason Coleman (CECS), working out of the Houston Regional office in charge of the Southwest region (TX, LA, OK, AR, MS). Florida Area Manager, Bryan LaDoucer started in 2005 and is celebrating his 15th Viro anniversary. He is working out of our Orlando Regional office overseeing both the Orlando and Ft Lauderdale locations.

Senior crew chiefs with 10 years+ experience: Ken Lee (since 1992), Tony Carlson (since 1996), Arturo Rodriquez (since 2001, **our longest continuous service tenured crew chief), Alexander Peschard (since 2004), Chris Vargas (since 2003), Kumar Imrit (since 2006).

In 2015 we welcomed aboard Mark Eckert, (CESI) our National Business Development Manager who bought over 17 years of previous experience in the exhaust cleaning field.

40 year+ club: (as of 2021, in order)
Larry Pfleiderer-1973-2019 (Honorary)
Don Pfleiderer-1974
Mike Gronlund-1980

35 year+ club: (as of 2021)
David Pfleiderer-1985

30 year club: (as of 2021)
Tim Smith-1987

25 year club: (as of 2021, in order)
James Bailey-1992
Ken Lee-1992
Robert Devaney-1994

20 year club: (as of 2021, in order)
Lee Gute 1995-2016 (ret.)
Tony Carlson-1996
Patrice Groves-1997
Wayne Webb-2000
Arturo Rodriguez-2001

15 year club: (as of 2021, in order)
Sylvia Almaguer 1999-2018 (ret.)
Chris Vargas-2003
Leng Vang-2003
Maximo Nolasco-2004
Robert Hamlin-2003-2013 (ret.)
Brett McLeod-2004
Alex Peschard-2004
Bryan LaDoucer-2005
Joe Houston-2006

10 year club: (as of 2021, in order)
Kumar Imrit-2006
Roberto Ocampo-2007
Steve Garkinos-2007
Oscar Villacorta-2007
Anthony Carlson-2010
Rigoberto Rivotta-2010
Sheldon Ragland-2010

5 year club: (as of 2021, in order)
Anne Hill-2011-2020 (ret.)
Mario Candela-2012
Jason Coleman-2012
Maurilio Flores-2012
Antonio McNair-2013
Manuel Rodarte-2013
Ryan Smith-2013
Kenneth R. Lee-2015
Mark D. Eckert-2015
Makelia Marie Davis-2015
Juan D Ruiz-Dominguez-2015

For all your Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning (KEC) and Service needs:

Hood and Duct Cleaning Services (Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning). In keeping with our exclusive "Roto-Steamcleaning™ and Powerwashing" methods and specifications, "Viro designs and builds most of its own quiet, state of the art, and environmentally safe, cleaning equipment to proprietary standards that are unequalled in the industry leaving grease exhaust systems spotlessly clean.

Viro crews are some of the most highly trained in the industry. In addition to factory training and being an authorized service and parts provider on many of the PCU (Pollution Control Units) and "advanced" hood filtration systems, many of the senior crew chiefs and supervisors having more than 10 years and at least 3000+ jobs of experience (see our 10, 20 and 30 year club lists!). Viro requires all cleaning crews to take a detailed series of digital pictures of every exhaust system at the completion of each cleaning that shows that the system is completely free of grease along with the required job completed report, namely a a KEC report. This report is left at the job site with picture documentation.

Blower Balancing and Repair. For all of your kitchen exhaust system repairs along with commercial and industrial vibration analyzing needs, contact our "Blower Balancing and Repair" division. The "Blower Balancing and Repair" division has several years experience servicing and specializing in fans, blowers, and all types of exhaust systems throughout all industries. The Division Manager, Ryan Smith and his staff can handle almost any fan balancing, fan repair, predictive maintenance, along with all Kitchen Exhaust service repair and parts needs with multiple factory authorized training and certifications!

EnVirospection®. If you need expert inspections and monitoring of your kitchen exhaust cleanings, join the exclusive EnVirospection® KEC National Inspection Program. We can review pictures from your KEC at your discretion with staff unmatched in picture review experience along with site visits with baseline pictures and verifications.

Enviroleaktest. A nationwide program for water leak testing grease exhaust vent systems, creating quality standards for the industry.

ViroGuard™. Our patented ViroGuard system makes the old absorbent pad systems on the roof obsolete. The ViroGuard also catches the wash water from cleanings in addition to the leakage between cleanings with our exclusive rain shield to prevent overflowing of the ViroGuard system.

Virochem™. If you need specialized cleaning degreasers for your kitchen and wash down hoods, along with custom stainless steel polishes, see our "Virochem" product line.

Virospec™. Our parts division is ready to serve both restaurant's and cleaning contractor's needs with our full lines of duct cleaners, car wash parts, turbo cleaners, fan hinges, access plates, high pressure spray nozzles and parts, compressed air sprayers (Hudson style pump up sprayers), etc. Our custom line of regular and full surround fan hinges for power roof ventilators (standard fans found on kitchen exhaust systems), UL-listed access plates from both Ductmate and Flameguard along with custom Hinged access plates for grease exhaust vents. Custom extension stacks for fans, Pads and parts for rooftop grease retention devises, Mosmatic duct cleaners, turbo cleaners, car wash parts, Spraying system nozzles, Chapin sprayers, and much more can be found under our "Virospec" line of products.

Roto-Steamcleaning™. If you own or operate a restaurant or food service operation, our "Roto-Steamcleaning" division is what you need to get your hoods and grease exhaust vent systems grease free and up to safety and NFPA96 standards. The "Roto-Steamcleaning" division has over 50 years experience in quality hood and duct cleaning with the senior management staff totaling over 160+ years total (averaging more than 25 years apiece).

For other service needs, see our list of high quality recommended contractors. They are experienced companies that have passed Enviromatic's rigorous inspection program and have shown a high commitment to quality and customer service.