Sano Steam – Marine Veteran Owned Business Cleans Up After Disasters Big and Small

 In Business, Veterans

Sano Steam in Wilmington, North Carolina is a Marine veteran-owned company. That’s two Marine veteran owners: Chayse Roth and his brother-in-law, Joe Alig; both 13 year veterans. And, like all Marines, they know how to clean up after bad things happen…though perhaps in a different way than on the battlefield.

A strong military career

Chayse spent 13 years in the Marine Corps. He was in the School of Infantry during 9/11 and subsequently served multiple tours in Iraq with 2nd FAST Co and 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment.

Chayse joined Marine Forces Special Operations Command in 2006 and spent the remainder of his career as a Marine Raider serving multiple tours to Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries. He left active duty as a Gunnery Sergeant in 2013.

Joe began his career as an enlisted Marine serving in Okinawa, Japan. After receiving his commission, he became an aviator flying the CH-46 Sea Knight in Okinawa, Japan. He then transitioned to MV-22 Ospreys serving in New River, North Carolina.

Joe served multiple deployments in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Afghanistan.  He left active duty as a Captain in 2016 and is currently serving as a Major in the Marine Reserves.

Chase Roth


Something New

Chayse and Joe decided that since their active duty time was behind them it was time to look to the future. They chose to go into business in Wilmington, NC in the cleaning and restoration industry. Now instead of cleaning up on the battlefield, they clean up the home.

Sano Steam was established in 1989 by the previous owner.  But this Marine Corps duo have bigger plans than the status quo for their business. They have started a franchise program to expand their reach and provide an opportunity for others like themselves. Their hope is to grow their brand while helping others realize their dream of business ownership. They especially hope to have an impact on the veteran-community.

The company offers cleaning of carpet, tile, hardwood, air ducts and more. They also offer mold remediation and water damage response to floods.

Their four full-time employees and five part-time employees are busy folks, especially as the summer approaches.

The rating of this Marine-owned company is excellent. But it couldn’t be anything less, since after all, Marines are mission focused.

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