Greg and Nancy Thrasher initially founded thrasher Foundation Repair in Earling, Iowa. Greg had grown up in Southeast Iowa before his father moved the family to Earling so that he could take over the operation of the local grain elevator.
Great spent his youth in Earling going to school, playing baseball, and working at the elevator. He figured he would work at the elevator long term until his dad surprised the family by selling it. Greg turned to his uncle for career advice and started his own company to solve homeowners' basement waterproofing problems.
The business was slow but steady at first.
Greg and Nancy were the only employees and operated the business from their rented farmhouse outside of Earling for over five years. Their oldest son, Dan, was born and shared a bedroom with the company office (spare bedroom).
As the business grew a reputation of excellent customer service, it became clear that a move to the bigger nearby city in Omaha, Nebraska, would be necessary. While the family home and office would move to Omaha, the business would continue to serve Western Iowa long term. Towns like Harlan, Denison, Storm Lake, Spirit Lake, Okoboji, Red Oak, Atlantic, Clarinda, and Sioux City would be regular stops. The company added an office in Sioux City to help serve the customer in Northwest Iowa and Northeast Nebraska. In 2020, Thrasher would partner with Midwest Foundation Repair to serve Central Iowa.
Over the years, they expanded the business to offer the following:
Basement Waterproofing- drainage systems (often referred to as French drains or drain tile, sump pumps, battery back-up pumps, window wells, dehumidifiers, vapor barriers, flood prevention.
Foundation Repair- bowing basement walls, concrete cracks, sinking foundations, deteriorating stone and brick foundations, foundation reinforcements.
Concrete Repair- leveling concrete, mudjacking, concrete sealing, crack repair, and caulking.
Crawlspace Improvements- encapsulation, sealing, insulating, drainage, dehumidification, floor joist reinforcement.
Egress Windows- retrofit installations, window well drainage, flood prevention.
Gutters- replacement gutters, leaf-proof gutters, gutter covers, downspout extensions.
Civil Construction- deep foundations, helical piles, grouted micropiles, cellular concrete, polyurethane injection, earth retention, soil nails.
This suite of solutions has made it possible to solve many problems that are often related to one company. Many customers had had great experiences solving one problem and have called Thrasher back years later when they needed something else.
Greg has even gone on to consult for other contractors across North America. He is well known for putting people first, including employees and customers, in an industry that isn't exactly known for treating people. Traveling to other locations to consult with businesses has also brought many new ideas and best practices back to Thrasher.
Greg and Nancy still own the business but are mostly retired. Their son Dan now serves as President. He and the rest of the Thrasher leadership team continue the founder's legacy of service to customers and solving basement, concrete, and foundation problems in Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa.
Midwest Foundation Repair serves communities all over central Iowa.