Casey and Kelly MacNiven met at Fort Lewis College in 2005 and got married when they were still students. They lived in Austin for a few years, but returned to Durango in 2013 when Kelly became very ill, suffering from postpartum depression after their son Carter was born. They moved in temporarily with her parents – but also Casey was working four jobs – for a window cleaning company and as a bartender, a bike mechanic, and a mountain biking coach. The months went by and they still couldn’t get far enough ahead to afford their own place.
Casey was laid off from the window cleaning job on the same day Kelly’s car broke down. There was no money to fix the car, so Casey drove it all around town, pouring a steady stream of coolant into it to keep it running from one place to the next, hoping to make a trade for anything at all that would run.
“I was offered only one deal – an old beat up truck that had ladder racks. I had no other choice. They guy gave me $500 to close the deal so I bought a 32ft tall ladder and started driving around, knocking on doors trying to drum up window washing jobs. Thats how Squeegee Monkey got started. Everything in our lives was falling apart. But in reality, our lives were just re-aligning. Now we have multiple trucks, employee’s, and close to 1000 customers.”“Listening to our customers and catering to their needs has brought us referrals. Our goal is uncompromising quality.”
Kelly and Carter are both doing great. Kelly has fully regained her health and has her own photography business here in Durango.
(Story written by Sara Lynn (Kuntz) Valentine for the Durango Chamber of Commerce Business Connection 2017)
Squeegee Monkey Window Washing’s Daily operations currently cover four counties (La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan, San Miguel) in two states (Colorado and New Mexico).
As a member of the International Window Cleaners Association, The Window Cleaning Resource Association, and The Pressure Washing Resource Association Squeegee Monkey uses the latest equipment and employs the newest cutting edge techniques. Squeegee Monkey Window Washing is also a member of the Durango Chamber of Commerce.