The Dream of Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage, and Lighting
Andy’s Story and Philosophy on Business
“Hire people who are committed to doing the job right and to treating all customers like they would their own family.”
Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting was founded in 1987 by Andy Hulcy. After being in the irrigation industry for years working for his father, Deck Hulcy, Andy decided to start his own family business. Andy’s rapid growth was just the beginning of what Andy’s will become.
Today, Andy’s has grown all throughout Texas and even Charleston, South Carolina, through franchising. Although each location has separate owners, Andy strives to maintain the family environment and work ethic amongst each location. Each employee and franchisee has been hand-picked in order to ensure only the best. The “Andy’s family” has over 200 employees and continues to grow. Although everyone is hand-picked, Andy’s has employed many different types of people. Some franchisees and employees have had extensive irrigation experience, others haven’t had any experience at all. The great thing about Andy’s is the opportunities to learn and grow. Because Andy’s has so many experienced technicians, there is room to teach those with minimal experience.
With about 20 crew managers and 200 employees today, Andy’s has blossomed into a proud, committed workforce. Many of our crew leaders hold bachelor’s degrees in Turf Management, Agriculture, and Business. With such qualified managers, we’re able to offer continual training to sharpen skills, delegate authority, and make informed decisions while in the field. The result of our successful managers is the saved time and money for both the customers and Andy’s.
Andy’s is committed to the highest level of customer service from the first call to schedule an appointment, all the way to the completion of a project. The Andy’s family is not only our employees, but our customers too.
The Andy’s Sprinkler Story: “Just Having Fun”
It was a hot, July afternoon in 1987 when Andy Hulcy was hooked. He had finally figured out the wiring sequence to a customer’s sprinkler system, which had been malfunctioning for months. A landscaping crew had accidentally cut and twisted the wires with their shovels. Now, plants were dead. The lawn was brown. And the end to the Texas summer was nowhere in sight.
As the sprinklers finally turned on again, the homeowner stopped Andy as he was about to leave. She said another company had come by and charged the couple hundreds of dollars but failed to fix the problem. Her husband had spent hours out in the hot sun, trying to fix the problem himself. To no avail.
“You came out and did it so quickly, and the sidewalk is cleaned off and all the plants and grass are put back where they were,” she said. “I can’t even tell you were here. And my lawn is going to be my dream yard again!”
Andy, who was working under the guiding hand of his father, Deck Hulcy, a longtime irrigation specialist in North Texas, was hooked. He knew that the challenge of running his own business and helping beautify people’s homes was something he wanted to do permanently.
Today, more than 30 years after that hot July afternoon, Andy owns and operates Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting, a small start-up business that has expanded throughout Texas and South Carolina and turned into one of the region’s most respected companies.
A graduate of Texas Tech University, Andy grew up in North Dallas with a background in electronics and mechanics. As a teenager, he worked on cars, rebuilt boat motors and wired radios while attending W.T. White High School.
“I’ve always enjoyed trying to ‘solve the puzzle’ when something isn’t working right,” he said. “I don’t see it as a problem when something isn’t working. It’s just a little puzzle, a riddle I’ve got to figure out.”
Over the last 31 years, his company has helped more than 50,000 customers create beautiful outdoor environments to share with family and friends. His company has literally changed the landscape of neighborhoods throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Lubbock, Houston, and Charleston.
Trained Crews and Competent Managers
With over a dozen crew managers and 200 fantastic employees today, Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage, and Lighting has blossomed into a proud, committed workforce. Many of our crew leaders hold bachelor’s degrees in Turf Management, Agriculture, and Business. With such competent managers, we’re able to offer continual training to sharpen skills, delegate authority, and make quick, informed decisions while in the field. The result? Money and time are saved for both the customer and Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage, and Lighting.
“The number of people and businesses we’ve worked with over the years has grown beyond anything I could have imagined when I started this company in 1994, more than 30 years ago,” he said.
“I’m really honored to work with such a great group of people. It makes me smile to think that, to me, I was just having fun that day when I fixed that customer’s wiring problem. And it’s been fun ever since.”