WARSAW — A local upstart entrepreneur has launched a new business that will not only serve a need in the community, but might also reduce carbon emissions in the process.
Cory Thomas, 42, Warsaw, announced last week his new lawn-mowing business with a twist, Natural MOWmentum, an endeavor that will feature his newly purchased electric mower.
Thomas, along with his operations manager Kaleb Greenwood, are signing up clients and getting started on their first yards with a piece of equipment that is not only green in color, but also green in terms of its friendliness to the environment.
“I was looking for alternatives out of factories and did a soul search,” said Thomas, firing up his MG SK-48 Stalker, a commercial stand-on mower that features seven hours of charge time and a sound no louder than a large exhaust fan.
“I realized that yard work gave me gratification and after realizing yard work was a true joy, I came to the conclusion that there had to be green options, so I researched.”
Thomas said he was also motivated by previous experiences doing yard work that involved spilled fuel, hard starts and harsh fumes.
But, he said, another real selling point is the mower’s stealth.
“The advantages of this mower, when doing residential and commercial jobs, is it’s very quiet,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about waking people up in the morning, or in the evening. You don’t have to worry about animals reacting to the loud sound. Also, it plays a benefit for people who work 2nd and 3rd shift. You don’t have to worry about waking them as easily as those loud gas mowers.”
With the hum of the mower, Thomas said he could practically have a conversation with someone without having to shut off the mower. Thomas said until he expands his business, which may also include landscaping work in the future, he will be running his business out of his Warsaw home. Thomas added that even when charging his mower, he plans to use solar panels, rather than coal-powered electricity, to provide the energy for the charge.