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Celebrating Frederick: The History of Warner Service

Posted by Warner Service on Sep 22, 2015 6:13:25 PM


For 80 years, our local company has been giving its loyal customers our advice and service with all things heating and plumbing. As one of the oldest HVAC companies around town, we are proud that our name has become synonymous with value, quality and integrity. Now in our third generation of ownership, we promise to stay committed to those morals and provide the best service possible. To see where it all began, travel back in time with us to review our hometown history:

1937: Reese William Warner and his friend open Warner and Winpigler, a local plumbing business, out of the Warner household. The company eventually moves to South Market Street due to finding an abundance of work in the area.

Fun Fact: Following World War II, R.W. Warner worked on some of the area’s first post-war housing projects.

1951: R.W. Warner’s young son, Bill, gets into the family business while still in high school, and the company name is changed to R.W. Warner Plumbing & Heating. Bill becomes part of the full-time staff, showing interest in commercial, industrial and government contract. Eventually, the shop moves to 5th Street.

1961: Bill’s interest pays off, and the company begins contracting commercial, industrial and government jobs.

1973: Bill becomes president of the company, and his father becomes chairman of the board. Because there is a continuous influx of contracts and work, the company moves to its current location on Monroe Avenue.

1980s: R.W. Warner retires from daily business operations, but continues to serve on the board of directors and is appointed to the Maryland State Plumbing Board by the governor.

1986: R.W. Warner, Inc. continues its expansion and purchases a long-time subcontractor named Kaempf & Harris, a sheet metal fabrication and installation business. This helps establish R.W. Warner, Inc. as one of the premier mechanical contracting companies in the region.

Fun Fact: For years, Warner Service was next-door neighbors to The Great Frederick Fair, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 1987. Today, it is home to country concerts, agricultural contests, demolition derbies, carnival rides, food vendors and so much more.

1988: Bill’s son, Matt, graduates from Mount St. Mary’s with a bachelor’s in business and finance.

1989: Joseph Frank joins the Warner business as a senior accountant. (Currently, he is the secretary-treasurer and corporate controller.)

1993: Matt establishes Warner Construction to support the mechanical division of the company to ensure that the technology stays up-to-date. The Warner business also hires Joe Huntsberry as an apprentice then a hold service technician and installation coordinator. (Currently, he is the service manager.)

1997: The Warner Memorial Endowment Fund is founded in memory of R.W. Warner, Sr. and Mary J. Warner.

1998: Matt becomes a project manager then general manager of R.W. Warner. At the end of the year, Matt becomes chief executive officer of the company. Frederick Niehoff also joins the business. (Currently, he is the chief financial officer, certified public accountant and executive vice president.)

2004: Warner Service wins the ABC STEP Gold Award in safety. The company will win again in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Also, Josh Via is hired as another apprentice. (He is currently the installation coordinator and HVAC technician.)

2005: The company receives the ABC STEP Platinum Award. Warner Service will win again in 2007 and 2009.

2012: Warner Service wins the ABC Health and Safety Director of the Year award.

We are honored and proud to share our heritage with you. From our humble beginnings in the Warner home to every move, Warner Service is grateful for its dedicated customers throughout the years. If you have any questions or comments, contact us today.

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