Posted: 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013

Husband, wife team open power equipment business


Husband, wife team open power equipment business photo
Katy and Shane Klaber, owners of WorkForce Outdoor Power, a new outdoor power business in Middletown.

By Rick McCrabb

Staff Writer


Shane Klaber has grass in his blood.

After he graduated from college, Klaber started cutting grass, and after years working as a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati, he has returned to his first love — with the love of his life.

Klaber and his wife, Katy, recently opened WorkForce Outdoor Power, a sales and service outdoor equipment business on Jewell Avenue, just off Ohio 73, that prides itself on fast and quality repairs and an extensive showroom.

They purchased the building about four years ago, owned and operated Regal Field Services, a property management company for years, before remodeling the building and opening WorkForce Outdoor Power a few months ago.

Shane Klaber said the 4,572-square-foot service area, equipped with several lifts and a full staff of experienced mechanics, allows his business to perform repairs in days instead of weeks like some of the competition.

“We can get it in and out,” said Klaber, who added parts of delivered to the business daily.

He described business in the first few months as “very good.” Throughout the winter, Shane Klaber said he has been performing repairs and tune-ups on equipment. He services all brands and carries the following major brands: Scag, Husqvarna, Bad Boy, Kawasaki, Ryan, Brown and Little Wonder.

He said the majority of his customers are homeowners from the Middletown area, but since he recently added a commercial line of Scag mowers, he expects to draw business from lawncare professionals.

This husband and wife team from Madison Twp. works well together, they said, because Katy is a middle school social studies teacher at Twin Valley South, so she doesn’t spend that much time in the business. Katy, a 1996 Fenwick High School graduate, also cares for their two children, Simon, 4, and Natalie, 3.

She refers to herself as “a sounding board” for her husband’s business plans. She said her husband, 40, a 1991 Monroe High School graduate, likes to “dream big.”

She said her husband is “very passionate” about building the business and she understands that’s “a huge undertaking.”

WorkForce Outdoor Power

What: Sales and service outdoor power equipment

Where: 4316 Jewell Ave., Middletown

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

Owners: Shane and Katy Klaber

Employees: 6 full-time and 3 part-time


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