To have one of the largest providers in the pest control industry in the world purchase a business you helped found would exceed most people’s expectations.
But Statewide’s Kim Argaet said he always knew the business had great potential.
“I had the belief we could succeed from the very beginning,” Mr Argaet said.
“You have to be confident, otherwise you could go backwards.”
With 25 years of experience, Mr Argaet oversees a variety of facets within the business, including commercial contracts, auditing, quotes and the development and continual innovation of Statewide’s web- based program, PesTrak.
He said the new owners, Rollins Inc, believed Statewide’s PesTrak program to be the best and most comprehensive bar code system in the world.
“I’m very proud of what we have created... (it’s) not bad for three pestys,” Mr Argaet said.
“In two decades we went from nothing, to now being purchased by the biggest pest control company in the world.
“Statewide is one of just two companies in Australia that Rollins Inc has acquired—that says something.”
However, Mr Argaet said initially it was difficult to release information about the company he helped build, to people he didn’t know.
“Once we had a couple of meetings and they came over from the United States to discuss the process, it became easier,” he said.
He said the fact Rollins Inc would not tear the company apart, but would only further develop Statewide, had sealed the deal.