Shane Yankey has been employed with SWAT for 23 years.
Small Business Spotlight: SWAT Exterminating
Contributed by the Tallassee Chamber of Commerce
SWAT Exterminating is locally owned and operated by Ray and Tony Steele. After 21 years of service with the United States Army, Ray Steele retired and started working for another larger corporate exterminating business in Montgomery.
He quickly moved into management after receiving his license for pest control and termite treatments. During that time, Ray realized the need for a local exterminating company in the Tallassee community. In June of 1977 his son, Tony joined Ray with the opening of Swat Exterminating.
Ray quickly realized there was need for their services for the area. After a few years of operating as home-based business, SWAT relocated to its current location 2808 Kent Road in Tallassee and began adding employees to the team. They now have ten people to support the area needs of termite and pest control management. Some of their employees have been with SWAT for more than 20 years.
In 2012, Ray’s grandson, Andrew Steele joined the company after receiving his degree in Business Management from Auburn University. “Drew” also received his certification and is licensed to provide services for both pest control and termite. Now with three generations at work, the Steele’s foresee a wonderful opportunity for the up and coming fourth generation Barrett Steele.
Next to staying up to date with pest control management and current EPA requirements, the Steele’s believe customer service with a fast response is what makes SWAT Exterminating different than the other companies. They are licensed to provide services to Elmore, Coosa, Macon and Tallapoosa counties along with communities such as Pike Road and the various Lake Martin communities. They are licensed and insured and participate annually with the state governing agency, the Alabama Department of Agriculture.
SWAT specializes in two areas; termite treatments and pest control. They offer termite treatments for new construction as well as established residences and buildings. Other services offered are powder post beetle treatments, moisture barriers and Alabama Wood Infestation inspection reports. In addition, they offer pest control services that can be scheduled monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly and annually.
Requests for one-time pest control services are always welcomed. They are available five days a week from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ray, Tony and Andrew truly appreciate the loyalty and support from the area. They are a member of Tallassee Chamber of Commerce and give back to the community through the local schools and various organizations.