Sometimes the best ideas come late at night, when they’re least expected. At least that’s what happened to Vince Michael, co-owner of Champion City Piping.

Champion City Piping is the Springfield franchise of Perma-Liner Industries, a Clearwater, Fla.-based cured-in-place piping business that provides a number of sewer pipe repair services.

Michael, who owns the business with his wife, Lisa, was laid off after 15 years from Navistar when a brief exposure to the technology started him thinking about how it could be used locally.

“I was sitting up late watching the science channel and they did an hour-long show on innovative technology. They did a 20 minute piece about the cured-in-place pipe and that’s how I learned about it. Then we researched it for the better part of a year,” he said.

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