Plant Solutions was founded in 1981 with $500 from a credit card and a good attitude. While working nights for a local defense contractor, Joe Zazzera would design and install projects during the daytime, while working nights to support his young family. The business grew and Zazzera eventually began working in the business full time.
In 1988 Joe met a scrappy, young man from Minnesota named Pat Mahan. Joe and Pat hit it off well and became fast friends. Pat had been pouring and finishing concrete for a local construction company and was interested in getting into or starting his own business.
One of Pat’s first comments to Joe was “You mean you water people’s plants for a living?” “Yes, said Joe, it makes the people in the offices very happy.” Joe went on to say, “I’ll tell you what Pat, let’s separately list our goals in life on paper, then get back together to compare.” Their goals matched up nearly item for item and the rest, as they say, is history.
In 1990, after 3 years of working for minimal pay, Pat Mahan became a stockholder of Plant Solutions and earned 50% ownership.