The Dwyer Group, Waco,TX, a holding company for six home improvement and repair franchise brands, reports it sold a record 235 new franchises in the U.S. and Canada in 2007. The group reports the total represents a near- 24% increase over the 190 franchises the company sold in 2006.

The Dwyer Group’s companies include Aire Serv, Glass Doctor, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Mr. Rooter (Drain Doctor in the UK), and Rainbow International.

A growing percentage of The Dwyer Group’s franchise sales came from conversions, in which independent owners and operators rolled their existing business into a Dwyer Group franchise brand for the benefits of national name recognition, collective buying power, preferred vendors, peer networking, and marketing and training expertise they did not have on their own.

“The Dwyer Group offers the advantage of 27 years of franchising experience,” Bidwell said. “We let our track record speak for itself and work to exceed expectations every day.”

Bidwell added that additional franchises were sold through master license arrangements with other countries as well.

The Dwyer Group, Waco, TX recently had its entire network of companies named to Entrepreneur magazine’s 29th annual “Franchise 500” ranking of the top franchise opportunities. The list honors franchises that, in Entrepreneur's opinion, offer the best opportunities for success, based on criteria such as financial strength, stability, growth rate and size of system.