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Check out Matt Hancock representing Embark on Houston's own KHOU Channel 11 news
Embark Services Vice President Matt Hancock was recently interviewed by local CBS station KHOU 11 about Embark's new firewood services, which has developed rapidly as a result of the recent Texas drought. Below is a transcript of the interview detailing the origins of Embark's newest service offering and how it can benefit Houston-area consumers.
"At Embark Tree and Landscape Services, they're embarking on a new side business because of the Texas drought.
'This is the opportunity we have when we're taking a lot of hardwood trees down, and we're going ahead and seizing the opportunity and expanding that service to our customers,' said Matt Hancock, the company's vice president.
With his landscaping business off because of the drought, necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention, and the firewood business is booming.
'We're talking about millions of trees, a tree on nearly every residential property you see, and certainly commercial properties, and on any unmaintained property, there are 100 percent complete stands that have died around Houston,' Hancock said.
Here's the kicker: His clients actually pay his company to take them. At least, for the moment, the supply seems endless. Hancock said each day they add three large hardwood trees to their inventory, and that's a lot of firewood.
The city of Houston is spending millions of dollars to remove trees killed by the drought, which will be recycled into lumber or mulch.
'This is devastating,' said Joe Turner, Director of Houston Parks and Recreation. 'This is not what we do as a department. Our goal in life is to plant trees.'
But life doesn't always go as planned, and Hancock is making the best of it.
'If you've got a wood-burning fireplace, that could be an opportunity to save some heating money this winter,' he said.
Call it the silver lining of a very dark, rainless cloud."
For more information on Embark's new firewood services, please contact Embark Services today.
UPDATE: Embark no longer provides firewood services.