Merrimack Air Force veteran opens junk removal business

MERRIMACK – JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, whose mission is to offer business ownership opportunities to veterans and their family members, is now servicing the Merrimack area.

JDog franchisees provide junk removal and hauling services to residential and commercial customers, delivering service the military way: with respect, integrity and trust. The new JDog will service Merrimack and the surrounding Hillsborough County area.

The local business is owned by John Elias, of Merrimack, a retired Air Force veteran with more than 20 years of service and a federal correctional officer at Federal Medical Center, Devens.

"I wanted to own a business that embraced the military ethos that I believe in, as well as one that would give veterans the opportunity to work together to make an impact within our community," Elias said. "Through JDog, I have the chance to provide the Hillsborough County area with a valuable service that is built upon a strong set of military values."

The franchise is the first JDog location in New Hampshire. Elias hopes to provide local veterans with jobs in the coming years as his business expands. A grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony was held Dec. 9 at the VFW in Merrimack.

JDog awards franchises exclusively to military veterans and their family members. Franchise owners operate easily recognizable camouflage vehicles and trailers and wear military-style uniforms.

JDog recycles and repurposes a substantial amount of the material it picks up. The Philadelphia-based company works with local and national organizations such as Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity, as well as local schools, churches and hospitals, to donate useful items to those in need.

"The JDog team is supported by an experienced board of advisers, including decorated military officers and business professionals, who understand the unique attributes and qualifications of veterans," said Jerry Flanagan, founder of JDog. "Every operations member of the JDog team has served our country, and now we’re banding together to serve their local communities."

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