Sweet 75

Kings’ Heating, Cooling Celebrates Milestone

Kings’ Heating and Cooling Inc. is celebrating 75 years in business. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

Kings’ Heating and Cooling Inc. — a family-owned and operated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) company based in Jamestown — is celebrating 75 years in business.

Founded in 1946, the company offers a full suite of HVAC and sheet metal fabrication services to clients throughout the area. For three quarters of a century now, Kings’ Heating & Cooling has dedicated their work to helping families throughout the Jamestown area with their home comfort needs.

“We’ve built our company around two main values: family and maintaining a firm commitment to our customers,” said Mike King, company president. “It’s exciting to reach this milestone, and humbling to know some of our customers have been with us for almost as long as our business has been around.”

When established in 1946, the company was originally known as Thorpe and King, founded by Paul King and Clifford Thorpe. Paul King’s son, Conrad (Connie) King, began working for the company later that same year. Eventually, Thorpe sold his share of the business to Connie King. That was when the company was first officially known as King’s Heating.

After Paul King’s retirement in 1968, Connie King and his wife, Betty King, became the sole proprietors. The company continued to grow over the next two decades with the next generation of Kings learning the business and purchasing the property next to the current facility.

Kings’ Heating and Cooling has since expanded three more times: once in 1980 with the purchase of a building to accommodate heavy fabrication equipment, again in 1994 when they more warehousing space to the existing original structure and, most recently, in 1998 with the addition of more than 4,000 square feet of warehousing space at the rear of the property.

In 1987, the retirement of Connie King officially led to the third generation taking charge of the business. Connie King’s sons, David, Douglas, Leslie and Terry, became the new owners and officers. In addition, three members of the fourth generation – Wayne, Mike and Bill King – also joined the team. Mike King, David King’s son, eventually took over David’s share of ownership, with Terry and Les King. In 2017, Mike King moved into a higher managerial role alongside Les King to continue the family tradition, until Les King’s recent retirement.

“We have always been committed to providing the greatest variety of services and the highest quality work,” King said. “All of our technicians must go through a four-year apprenticeship in sheet metal to round out their training. That way, we can offer services ranging from installing the latest air conditioning technology to operating our own computer-controlled plasma cutting layout table for custom-made fittings and ornamental work.”

While most companies have to buy materials off the shelf, Kings’ is able to design its own ductwork on-site for the best fit and highest efficiency. They are also able to work with heavy structural materials and copper to match architectural designs from blueprints. Kings’ is the exclusive Carrier factory authorized heating and cooling equipment dealer for the area.

“We are grateful for the support of our community, and our dedicated team,” King said. “Because of it, we’re looking forward to the next 75 years.”

For more information about Kings’ Heating and Cooling, visit kings-heating.com.


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