Linc Network creates closer links

PITTSBURGH The Linc Service Contractor Network recently announced two organizational changes to strengthen the alignment between the 103 independently owned franchises of The Linc Corp. and the 12 company-owned mechanical service contractors of Linc Service Holdings. Scott Giacobbe, formerly a vice president of Linc Service Holdings and vice president and general manager of one of the company-owned

PITTSBURGH — The Linc Service Contractor Network recently announced two organizational changes to strengthen the alignment between the 103 independently owned franchises of The Linc Corp. and the 12 company-owned mechanical service contractors of Linc Service Holdings.

Scott Giacobbe, formerly a vice president of Linc Service Holdings and vice president and general manager of one of the company-owned businesses, was named president and CEO of The Linc Corp. Chuck Davidson, president and CEO of Linc Service Holdings, was named to the board of The Linc Corp.

“These announcements are part of a strategy to bring The Linc Corp. and the Linc Service Holdings companies closer in alignment, benefiting from cross-fertilization of ideas and best-in-class business practices,” Giacobbe said. “By sharing best practices between our two organizations, and investing together, we will strengthen our competitive advantage.”

The Linc. Corp. and the franchise operation are both units of Limbach Facility Services, which had been owned by Enron under the name ServiceCo Holdings Inc. (see story, pg. 1).

In addition to sharing best practices, the operations will share technology, with the products of FieldCentrix Corp., also owned by ServiceCo, the technology platform of choice. FieldCentrix offers an automated service management and back office accounting system.

Davidson, a 24-year veteran of the mechanical service industry, said that technology and training would be a major joint initiative over the coming year.

“We have been developing exciting new technologies for training and for supporting our end customers,” he said. “These will be major initiatives for our strengthened partnership.”

Giacobbe will be based in a new Linc Corp. office near the Atlanta headquarters of Linc Service Holdings. This will supplement the Pittsburgh operation.

The Linc Service Contractor Network spans every major metropolitan market in North America and has a growing international presence. It is composed of The Linc Corp., the franchiser; more than 100 independently owned franchises; and Linc Service Holdings, which includes 12 company-owned mechanical contractors.

The Linc Corp., headquartered in Pittsburgh, is the franchiser of the Linc System, a business format for operating a commercial HVAC service business. Linc was invented by Limbach in the 1970s and then franchised as a way to help large new construction mechanical contractors get into the service business. Franchisees are located throughout North America and Australia.

For more information about the Linc Corp., call 412/359-2197. Information about Linc Service can be found on the Internet at www.lincservice.com.