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When crap blows up, this septic company is happy to flush your problems away
Installation of a septic tank and sewer line for a client | Matt Haney
IDAHO FALLS — Matt Haney can honestly say he has the shittiest job in east Idaho, and he couldn’t be happier about it.
The 27-year-old Idaho Falls resident in October opened Poop Dudes, a sewage treatment company that serves customers across the area.
Though the work environment literally stinks and employees spend all day flushing crap out, Haney tells EastIdahoNews.com morale is down and business is solid.
“We are very busy. I work all day, every day—Friday, Saturday, and even Sunday—10 to 15 hours a day,” says Haney. “With how many houses that are being built right now, (long days) are not uncommon.”
Haney runs the business from his home, offering septic tank and sewer line repairs, installation and inspection. And if things go wrong and the systems are backed up, he has a regular group to call on for help.
“I’m not currently pumping out septic tanks, but I delegate all my work to a gentleman named Troy from Southfork Septic,” says Haney. “We’re helping a few construction workers here. I’m running a Google ad right now, and the name really advertises itself. I can’t tell you how many times people say, ‘We’re just using you so we can write poop dudes a check.’”
Haney has had a part-time job in the sewage treatment industry for many years. He started in Tennessee, where he grew up.
Moved by the idea of living out in the Rocky Mountains, he accepted a position at the Idaho National Laboratory about three years ago. Remembering how lucrative septic services could be, he pushed hard to open his own business in east Idaho.
“I have a few friends in Tennessee who have septic companies, but I’ve never really done it on my own,” says Haney. “One day I called up (one of them) and said, ‘Hey, what do you think about getting the name out there and starting some franchises?’ He loved the idea and let me run with it.”
Over the past six months he has realized how easy it is to accommodate this needed service in eastern Idaho.
And for Haney, installing a septic tank is “a work of art.” He enjoys serving customers and making sure their sewage treatment plant is working.
He plans to open locations in Wyoming and Montana in the future.
“I didn’t think I would be so busy so soon, but I’m very blessed,” says Haney.
For more information or to inquire about the service, visit the website or Facebook page. You can also call (208) 715-7834.
Inaugural Blue Cross office in Pocatello
POCATELLO — The Idaho Blue Cross and Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on their new district office in Chubbuck Wednesday afternoon. The new satellite office is located at 852 West Quinn Road. Among those in attendance were Paul Zurlo, President of Health Markets for Blue Cross of Idaho, and former Governor CL “Butch” Otter.
Children’s clinic opens Rexburg site
dr Aaron Gardner treats a patient at Just 4 Kids Urgent Care | Courtesy of Emily Chantry
REXBURG – With clinics in Idaho Falls and Chubbuck, Just 4 Kids is excited to expand its pediatric emergency care services with a clinic in Rexburg this summer. The new clinic is under construction at 1218 Bond Avenue.
Just 4 Kids focuses on a range of acute illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to broken bones. It was specially developed for children.
The company was founded in 2018 by pediatric intensive care physician Dr. Aaron Gardner and his brother Travis Gardner to fill a gap they saw in the children’s healthcare system.
Like the other locations, Klinikum Rexburg will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m
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