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State Automatic Heating & Cooling

State Automatic Heating & Cooling

Created by Kathycieslak on 05/04/2014
Updated on 05/04/2014
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State Automatic Heating & Cooling was started in 1929 by Les Frantz. After working for Sinclair Oil Refining Co. for 2 years, Les developed a large customer base and decided to start 'State Oil Burner Co.' with Ken Swinford. The pair serviced Coal Stokers and Oil Lamps. In 1937 State Oil Burner Co. became 'State Automatic Heating & Cooling Corp.' and in 1944 Les bought out his partner and was on his own. He has four sons, all of which worked for him at one time or another. Gary Frantz, the second of Les' four sons, joined the ranks in 1966 and soon became a primary owner. He began helping his father as a teen, putting fittings away and organizing the shop. During his tenure, he increased the size of the business, two-fold. James Gates joined the team in 1990, bringing with him his new construction HVAC expertise, after marrying Gary's daughter, Kelly. In his short tenure, he has increased the size of the business by another 60%. Jim's father, Bob Gates Sr. (joined in 1998), and two brothers, Bob Jr. (1988) and Mike (1992) Gates are also part of the 'family team'. In 1998, Kathy, Gary's oldest daughter, came aboard to administrate the office work flow matters; so it has become quite a family affair. Today, as always, the majority of our business is obtained through referrals. Les, (deceased 2005 at 98 years old ) was proud of what State Automatic had become.


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