C.J. Erickson Plumbing Company opened a new plumbing showroom, located at 12100 S. Cicero Avenue in Alsip, IL. The “Showroom that Works” is a unique 3,500 sq. ft. fully functional, environmentally friendly retail showroom featuring a wide variety of working fixtures, including toilets, showerheads, lavatories, kitchen sinks, disposals, and sump pumps from leading manufacturers. The showroom is meant to not only inspire great ideas, but also allow homeowners, do-it-yourselfers and designers the ability to try a variety of fixtures before they buy.
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Over the past 104 years, we at C.J. Erickson Plumbing have seen it all. From detached sink consoles to gritty tiling, we know that no matter how long you scrub and no matter how many fancy new cleaners you pick up at the hardware store, some bathroom fixtures are simply beyond repair.
With summer in full swing, we want to find the ugliest of the ugly and then replace it! As part of C.J.’s first “Ugliest Toilet Contest” starting June 15, 2010, our Facebook Fans are invited to submit a photograph or 30-second video of the ugliest toilet in their home. Fans may submit photos and videos through June 30, 2010. The winner of C.J.’s “Ugliest Toilet Contest” will win a free Kohler water-efficient toilet (model and color to be selected by the winner once the challenge is completed).
On July 6, 2010, our contest committee here at C.J. Erickson will decide on the top three finalists. Fans of our company Facebook Page will then have the opportunity to vote for the ugliest toilet until 11:59 pm on July 9, 2010. On July 12, 2010, the C.J. Erickson committee will officially announce the winner, who will receive free installation of a brand new Kohler water-efficient toilet of their choice, and removal of the old “Ugliest Toilet”.
Rules and Guidelines* for C.J.’s “Ugliest Toilet Contest”:
Dates for entries are June 15, 2010 at 12:01 am through June 30, 2010 at 11:59 pm.
C.J. Erickson’s contest committee will choose the three (3) ugliest toilets. The three (3) ugliest toilets chosen by the committee will be posted to the Fan Page on July 6, 2010. Facebook Fans will then vote on the absolute ugliest toilet through July 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm. The final winner will be announced on the afternoon of July 12, 2010. The winner will be able to choose any Kohler brand high-efficiency toilet in their choice of color. Includes installation of the new toilet and removal of the old toilet voted upon in C.J.’s “Ugliest Toilet Contest”.
- The winner must live in the Chicagoland area – within a 40 mile radius of Alsip, IL.
- The toilet being replaced must be the same toilet shown in the photo submitted to C.J.’s “Ugliest Toilet Contest”.
- The winner of C.J.’s “Ugliest Toilet Contest” must be a fan of C.J. Erickson’s Facebook Page.
- Contest applicants cannot submit a photo on someone else’s behalf.
- The photo or video must feature the toilet, but may also include the immediate area surrounding the toilet.
- Applicants will be judged solely on the appearance of the toilet, regardless of what else is featured in the photo or video submitted.
- In order to be considered, entrants must post photos and videos on either the Facebook Page Wall or C.J.’s “Ugliest Toilet Contest” Event Wall.
*By entering the contest, you agree to all terms and conditions above.
Recently, C.J. Erickson Plumbing was asked by Clune Construction Company to attain our FMIScore. Obtaining an FMIScore is a requirement to prequalify to work with their company.
We had no hesitations about fulfilling this request. Economic stability in business today is important and should be questioned and verified. Companies, particularly in the construction industry, cannot be too careful when it comes to deciding whom to trust. C.J. Erickson supports this kind of transparency in every aspect of our work. We felt that receiving audited information on our financial stability could give the contractor and customer as much faith as we ourselves have in our work.
FMIScores are calculated using documented and verified information from contractors including lines of credit, quarterly measures, works-in-progress, etc. Ranked on a scale from 0 to 2,000, (the latter being the highest, with scores over 1,000 being deemed “excellent”) score results are invaluable in discovering the financial well-being and quality of a company. C.J. Erickson is proud to say that not only did we receive a title of “excellent,” but we were rated at a near-perfect score of 1,984. We could not be more proud, especially at a time of such economic hardship.
To learn more about the FMIScore, or to register with FMI and obtain an FMIScore for your business, please visit the FMIScore website.
In 2006, as part of C.J. Erickson’s Centennial Celebration, the Community Service Corps was created. The purpose of the Community Service Corps was to establish and coordinate volunteer opportunities for C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co. employees. During that year our employees volunteered at local soup kitchens and even sponsored a house for the “Rebuild Together” project.
After a brief hiatus, we are proud to announce that the CJE Community Service Corps Volunteers have once again put on their work shirts and are back in action! Our re-energized committee has set the following goals for 2010:
- Volunteer a minimum of 32 hours per month at various local organizations.
- Participate in 2 marquee events during the year.
As we begin the 2nd quarter of 2010, the CJE Community Service Corps Volunteers have already donated 114 hours of service!
We are proud to volunteer and offer our ongoing support to the following local organizations:
- Together We Cope – 17010 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, IL (store location)
- Ronald McDonald House Charities – Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana – 4410 W. 93rd St., Oak Lawn, IL
- Habitat For Humanity - Chicago South Suburbs – 180 W. Joe Orr Rd., Chicago Heights, IL (store location)
- Sertoma Centre, Inc. – 4343 W. Lincoln Highway, Matteson, IL (store location)
- Greater Chicago Food Depository - 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL
On February 8th, C.J. Erickson Plumbing began a contest on our Facebook fan page asking our fans to choose their favorite of four vehicles that would become our new mascot. “C.J.”, would be based on either our box truck, red van, red sprinter or maroon van. Fans were given the entire week to vote and on February 12th, those votes were tallied and the winner was announced. The Box Truck was victorious! Thanks again to all of our loyal fans who voted.
After our fans had done their part in choosing the vehicle that would inspire C.J., it was in our hands to bring him to life. With the help of our trusted design team, we are proud to present… “C.J.”
Now the fun begins! C.J. is being unleashed on to the streets of the Chicagoland area. He’ll be tweeting – sharing fun facts and plumbing tidbits. But that’s not all. C.J. will also be using our Facebook page to share his wisdom with fans. If you need help at home while planning that kitchen or bathroom project, or do-it-yourself advice, simply “Ask C.J.” by posting your questions on our wall or tweeting them to @CJEricksonCo beginning with the phrase “Ask C.J.” C.J. will be there to answer your questions the best that he can (free of charge!), and if he can’t, one of C.J. Erickson Plumbing’s experts will be there to help.
Several C.J. Erickson Plumbing vehicles are going into the shop to have C.J. affixed on their back. So, if you happen to be following one of our vehicles and spot the decal below, send a tweet to @CJEricksonCo or post a message on our Facebook wall. Include a picture of the vehicle you’re following (please obey all traffic and state laws relating to mobile device usage) in your post and you may win an extra special prize, courtesy of C.J.!
In the meantime, our staff will be celebrating the arrival of C.J. next week. We’ll be posting pictures from the party, so feel free to celebrate with us by becoming a fan of our Facebook page. Let us know if you have any fun ideas for C.J. or any community events you think he should be a part of. C.J. just loves being part of the party and always brings fun giveaways for his followers!