KINGMAN—Eck Services, a small Kansas business based in Kingman with branches in Pratt and Wichita, recently earned recognition from Inc. Magazine as one of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Ranked as no. 2,395 on the 2020 Inc. 5,000 list, Eck Services joins other list honorees such as Microsoft, Under Armour, Zappos and Intuit as dynamic leaders in small business growth.
"Making the list directly isn’t really our goal, but the recognition is gratifying in that it speaks to the fact we are achieving our goal of sustained growth," said Eck Services Owner Travis Eck.
For more than a decade, Eck Services has provided electrical, plumbing and heating and air conditioning services in Southcentral Kansas. This is the second time the private company made the national Inc. Magazine top 5,000 list.
Eck Services, which has 20 employees in Kingman, 20 in Pratt and 10 in Wichita, began in Kingman, where the home office is still the hub of activity. Expansion into Pratt five years ago, and into Wichita during the last three years are likely what led to positive growth for the company.
"The key to our success has been hiring good people, and then treating them right," Eck said. "We put a high value on transparency, sharing our numbers, our goals with all of our employees. It makes a big difference if we are all on the same page."
With good communication between excellent employees, Eck said it is possible to address problems and fix them right away, as well as have everybody jump on board for success.
"We try to be consistent with our policies and treat everybody right," Eck said.
In 2020, Eck Services purchased another main service company in Pratt, Adams Electric, but Eck said that increase was not part of the current 2020 Inc. Magazine award. Other 2020 challenges, such as growth during pandemic times, were also not part of the Inc. 5,000 list consideration.
"This year has been interesting," Eck said. "We had to adjust with our tech people being less touch and more paperless in their services. Making consist changes to wearing personal protective equipment was also a big consideration this year."
Eck said his company did not experience negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic as they were an essential business.
"Everybody still needs to eat, use the bathroom, needs electricity, heat and air conditioning," he said. "We were impacted, but not to the extent of many other businesses."