Balance & Growth with Ted Gallagher

Balance & Growth with Ted Gallagher

Photo by Will Marks

“Being a volunteer firefighter is one of my biggest passions and provides my life with a sense of meaning.”

One may never expect the man to be making this statement to be the Vice President and partner of an environmental consulting and contracting firm, called e.h.c. (Environmental Hazards Control), located in eastern Lancaster.

While e.h.c. specializes in asbestos removal and testing, mold remediation and inspections, and lead paint abatement and testing, they also have divisions focused on duct cleaning, commercial kitchen hood cleaning, and demolition. Residentially, the company services within a one-and-a-half hour radius, but commercially they service the Mid-Atlantic States.

All employees, whether from the Consulting Division to the Duct and Kitchen Hood Cleaning Division, will show up with a clean and professional appearance. e.h.c. takes an extremely professional approach when it comes to servicing their clients.

“One thing I am most proud of is that we [e.h.c.] have never received a fine from any of the regulating agencies during our 35 plus years of operation,” Ted explains. This is an extremely impressive accomplishment, as they are regulated by huge agencies such as EPA, DEP, OSHA, and the PA Department of Labor and Industry. “Our supervisors are well-educated and welltrained; we expect them to take ownership of their projects and they do just that,” Ted continues. “We take pride in training and we place a strong emphasis on safety; we are always looking for process improvements and investing in equipment which make our processes faster, yet safer, for our company, and also more affordable for our clients.”

Ted is now partners with John Hartman, but the company was founded over three decades ago by Ted’s father in the late 1970s as an architectural firm, eventually evolving into an environmental consulting firm, to what it has become today. Growing in size from just six employees in 2004 to around 50 currently, e.h.c.’s revenue has also increased each year with a very steady growth trend.

Ted wears many important hats as a volunteer firefighter, a volunteer with Lancaster county’s HAZMAT team, and supports local nonprofits  such as the American Heart Association and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (Ask Ted about becoming a candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year Campaign.)

“I love networking and attending mixers, but I love to spend time with my family even more,” Ted says. Growing his professional network is very important to Ted, as is finding a balance in spending quality time with his family. They spend much of their time outside boating, hiking, and just enjoying one another.