What started as a two-person, one-truck electrical operation founded by Bernard Frischhertz 52 years ago has grown into a multi-faceted services company with about 250 employees and a fleet of 65 vehicles that operates all over Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
As Frischhertz grew in reputation and expertise over the years it became known as a company that dealt with large contracts and a resume that boasts such clients as Zephyr's Field, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the Greater New Orleans Bridge, the Superdome, New Orleans Arena, casinos, hotels and many more. Its services have expanded to include construction, all phases of electrical work, security systems, information and communication technologies, trade show setups, maintenance, fiber optics and even back-up generators for homes and businesses. The company also provides a service team available around the clock. It's not just for mega businesses, however; Frischhertz works on all sizes of projects, both business and residential from changing out a floor of lightbulbs to designing systems before construction begins on a new building.
"A lot of people have (fixed in their minds) the stigma that we're a large company working on tall buildings," says Claus Grassel, manager of Frischhertz Services division, "but we can do everything from one light switch to a whole building. We do small jobs to large businesses."
It's a win-win situation for customers because the company stands behind its work and can give its clients, large and small, back-up services for everything from lighting systems to security to computer networks, says Steven Fisher, manager of the technologies division. "We have 52 years of experience and knowledge behind us, and we adhere to the same stringent rules and policies no matter what the job is," he says.
Because of the integrated services that are offered, customers can enjoy the convenience of "one-stop shopping," and on new buildings, owners can take advantage of a "turn-key solution" in which Frischhertz sets up all the phone lines, electrical needs, computer networking, security systems, fiber optics, cable systems, audio-visual setups, wireless communications and other technological services, including medical installations, and tenants simply have to come in and turn them on. Frischhertz also offers regular maintenance check-ups to keep systems in tip-top shape as well as performing repairs when something goes wrong.
"Our whole concept is that when you use Frischhertz, it's one-stop shopping," Grassel says. "[Customers] have one name to call when they want something, and one name to call if something goes wrong."
The store, located at the corner of W. Napoleon Avenue, will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Grand opening festivities include complimentary hors d'oeuvres during "Ladies Night" Thursday, Aug. 21; free T-shirts for the first 100 customers on Friday, Aug. 22; "Build a Pondless Waterfall" seminar (with lunch provided) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23; and "Family Day" featuring complimentary hot dogs, chips and drinks on Sunday, Aug. 24. Call 455-7569 for additional details.
"We have it all and do it all," says Charles Avegno of Aquascapes. "We're capable of doing everything from decks to ponds to waterfalls and more." Grandscapes is a full-service landscaping firm that has been in business for 15 years and has created special environments using water gardens, decks, ponds and more.
In October, Aquascapes by Grandscapes will host a night tour of ponds it has installed at private homes, followed by an expanded tour next spring.
Fun and Service
The first SNOSHIP "mix and mingle" is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Red Eye Grill (852 S. Peters St.). The event will benefit the LA-SPCA. The group also sponsors a Web site for service and hospitality industry workers at www.snoship.org. Membership is free.