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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, October 22, 2015 ill ill By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Nothing like getting tossed into the water to see if you can swim. That might have been how Bill Jarms felt the day he learned his dad, Ron, was not coming back from vacation. All of a sudden the pump business that was carved from the family's hardware store was all Bill's responsibility. Ron Jarms ran the pump business from 1972- i991, Bill Jarms said. It was more out of necessity than want. After a career in retail, Ron Jarms moved from Iowa toCheney in 1972 when he bought the former Edgett brothers hardware store. "Technically the pump business started fairly early when my dad just bought the store," Bill Jarms said. Ron Jarms was building a house and needed a pump. "The guy who had been the plumber for the hardware store showed him how," Bill Jarms said. "He'd sell a pump off the shelf, they'd get in trouble and he ends up going out bailing them out and that's how the pump business started," Bill Jarms said. When Bill, who just turned 57, was trying to carve his niche in the family business, the new pump venture was a natural, at least in the eyes of his father. "I came along, he told me 'your brother (Tom) pretty much has the hardware store sewed up The Oarms Pump Service crew includes Dinah and Bill but you never know you might be able to make something out of the pump business,'" Bill Jarms "I've always said that 70 or 80 said. "To the day he died, I'm not sure who's more . percent of our work is the same surprised, him or me, that the business has taken off as it has. 50-60 scenarios over and over Jarms laughed when it was suggested thathe again." learned the business through a "flying-by-the-seat- of-your-pants style." Jarms Pump Service owner Bill Jarms "My dad took me with him six times and then he left on vacation for six weeks," Jarms said. "I ers and his truck but he soon hired a fulltime helper thought when he got back from vacation he'd be as business continued to boom. His daughter, Anna, back on the truck." runs the office and newly-hired Chad Hewey is a It turned out Bill Jarms was wrong. "My first field technician who helps manage a business that day was his last day, that was it," and Ron Jarms was crazy busy this past year. retired from the pump business. Because of the drought, work weeks were rou- And Jarms said he made all of his mistakes on tinely 65-75 hours a week all summer long, Jarms his own time. "Most people get to work for some- said. They were so busy that he carried competitors' body and make mistakes on their dime," but not business cards. for long. "We gave a lot of work away and they gave a Bill Jarms came close to doubling company m-lot of work away," Jarms said. "They send 'em to come from his first year to the next, he said. "Soon as us and we send 'em to them." someone was making the pump business their prior- Jarms said it was easy to track how busy they ity the pump business grew like crazy," he said. were. "I would say if you went to the weather set- Initially it was Bill Jarms, some part-time work- vices website and you followed the temperature Fairways fares OK in 2015 despite heat, smoke Hot weather, smoke from forest fires I'm going camping I'm do- ing aU those type of things," put some divots in golf season KaUem said referring to the different reasons for not By PAUL DELANEY complaining, considering golfing. "I think it affected Staff Reporter Mother Nature tossed in the rest of the summer." The problem some- a hook - an exceedingly Even into our warm times with running a hot June - and a slice and dry fall. "Our hum- business that is weather - acrid smoke from the bets are down for Octo- dependent is that the knife region's forest fires. "It bet, despite 'the warm cuts both ways. was not a bad year con- weather," Kallem said. The Fairways Golf sidering," he said. But amidst what Course near Four Lakes "If you look at the would appear to have is a prime example, whole season we started been a somewhat gloomy Blessed with a warmer early, lan. 24," Kallem summer Kallem said The and drier than usual win- said. February was a real Fairways had a number of ter which allowed them good month and so was bright spots. to remain open much of March. "We were real The Lilac Invitational the year, the course will strong with extra rounds Photo by Paul Delaney Tournament in July cast a experience some growth and revenue through The Fairways general glow of success. this season. May, (but) the heat in manager and head pro-"Lilac was a great suc- General manager andJune really hurt us." fessional, Kris Kallem, cess, we grew our hum- head professional, Kris By June, golfers had said hot weather hurtbets there which is sur- Kallem said the course their diversions for the the course from raking in prising," Kallem said as would finish the season rest of the summer. "We more doug h this season, tournament play is down with a slight uptick in were way down in June m across the industry. business. "(We'll be) up a both revenue and rounds The casual golfers turned He said they accom- couple percent in revenue played," Kallem said. to other past times such as plished the three goals and rounds close to the It was what he called a the lakes and outdoors, that were set well in ad- same as last year." "momentum killer," and "I'm getting the boat But Kallem is not changed people's habits, out, I'm going swimming, See Fairways page 11 Photo by Paul Delaney Oarms, Anna Oarms and Chad Hewey. :i,..,~ ........................................ ~!:::i~!i~}i:iS{~'g~ ~{~g ~{{~i~i'=ii~i~iii{~i~i~::li ;i~i~!~ii~i:~;~:~ i:~.::i,~iii~{~ ~;;~::!i~i~{i~:}~{~i graph through July and August that you would follow'my sales graphs same way." The company installs and services pumps in a ter- ritory, primarily rural and residential, that stretches both 50 miles west and south of Spokane. "I've always said that 70 or 80 percent of our work is the same 50-60 scenarios over and over again," Bill Jarms said, referring to how many of his jobs are the same. Problems can be a control box that's gone bad, a defective pressure switch, wiring or the pump itself that has failed. The business started in the hardware store building, then moved to a building near the former Conoco and in 1995 Jarms said he bought the build- ing the business presently occupies. "So we've been here on First Street for 20 years this fall," he said. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com. Dr. Cazan & Dr. Menke AIRWAY HEIGHTS DENTAL CENTER Military families welcome, inviting new patients, sedation provided, experienced providers and staff! ~}J~ P.O. Box 1570 ,~" v~l 13326 West Sunset Hwy. It ~***~v,~ ..... 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