ST. LOUIS, MO, January 19, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Stratus Building Solutions, the nation's premiere building services and maintenance franchise company, has been officially named the "Number 1 Fastest Growing Franchise" by Entrepreneur magazine in the annual Franchise 500, with three "Top Ten" spots total.

Stratus also received Number 5 Low Cost Franchise, Number 6 Top Home Based Business, Number 18 Top Global Franchise and Number 20 in the Franchise 500, in addition to the Number 1 Fastest Growing Franchise. Stratus continues reign of Top Ten awards.
Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, "The combined efforts of our recession-resistant business model, our commitment to be the best in our industry and our continuing efforts to provide the most innovative systems, services and products for our franchise family give Stratus the support to become the Fastest Growing Franchise."

Pete Frese, President of Stratus Building Solutions, added, "The dedication of our growing international network of franchise owner-operators and employees complement our aggressive growth plans and customer service commitments for the year ahead. These top rankings are especially meaningful because 2010 was an explosive year for Stratus Building Solutions and our projection for system-wide development and market growth in 2011 is very bright."

"Our Master Franchisors deserve credit for this recognition because of their talents, dedication and initiatives as Stratus Building Solutions business partners. With their regional efforts, Stratus has received this esteemed recognition," Jarrett adds.

Stratus Building Solutions offers 16 different building service franchise plans providing state-of-the-art "environmentally green" cleaning systems, products, services and marketing support. These include the unique "Stratus GreenClean" program which uses environmentally-friendly products to help sustain healthier, more productive facilities. The firm also offers an exclusive "Stratus Sani-Proof" program that kills bacteria, including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), and other germs found in schools, health clubs, daycare centers, gyms, dormitories, medical offices and hospitals.

A division of Stratus Building Solutions called Stratus Affiliated Services, LLC provides landscaping, energy audits, recycling, pest control, hard-surface cleaning, and related services to complement the company's successful building service and maintenance franchise programs.

Stratus Building Solutions won four "top ten" spots in Entrepreneur magazine's 30th Annual Franchise 500 ranking published in the 2010, along with being awarded a place in the 2010 Inc 500-5000. Other awards include Franchise Times Fast 55, World Franchising's 50 Top Franchises for Minorities, Black Enterprise's Top 40 Best Franchises for African Americans, Poder 360's Top 25 Franchises for Hispanics.