During the economic slowdown of 2008, many corporate companies shut their doors. Tech stocks fell, the price of oil dropped, and the precious metal market suffered a bit. Through this tough time, one industry continued to hold on and struggle through the scarcity. Companies offering janitorial services managed to keep their doors open and businesses running. Large contracts no longer existed, and some steady customers started to drop off one by one. Even in this tough business atmosphere, maintenance and cleaning services survived–even if they did not thrive.