The History of Hess Mechanical, LLC
Hess Mechanical was founded in 1980 by Gary Hess. Gary's grandfather, Fred G. Hess, started a plumbing and heating firm in Washington, DC in 1914. Gary's father, Kenneth, expanded that company into a mechanical contracting firm after World War II. Having grown up in the business, and after graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in business administration and finance, Gary went out on his own and created the company that is still in existence today.
Hess Mechanical started as a straight mechanical contractor, but soon expanded to include prefabrication services. Gary Hess set up the company as a merit shop and strongly advocated that philosophy. He believed that employees should be able to earn what they are worth and provided incentives based on productivity. He also provided training and development opportunities for employees to encourage personal and professional growth.
In 1998, Hess Mechanical became a subsidiary of Comfort Systems USA, the nation's premier provider of commercial and industrial HVAC solutions. Shortly afterwards, Gary Hess retired and his sister, Kathy Teitel, took the company's helm. She retired in 2015 and Hess welcomed current President, Mike Smearman.
History of Comfort Systems USA
Comfort Systems USA (CSUSA) went public in June 1997, with the intention of becoming a nationwide provider of building systems installation and maintenance.
CSUSA had 12 operating companies in the early days, with revenues of approximately $167 million. Today, it has grown to 36 companies nationwide, with revenues of $1.3 billion.
This tremendous growth came from successfully expanding services to existing customers and attracting high-quality companies into the network of subsidiary companies. Many of them have been operating for 60 years or more.
The nationwide scope gives customers distinct advantages over individual local competitors. And as CSUSA looks forward as a company, it shares best practices, ideas and technology to give customers better project quality, performance and safety.
In the future, energy costs will continue to top the operations budgets for many customers. CSUSA is very focused on that challenge, and in delivering tangible, bottom-line results that can help customers recover some of those expenses. And they'll continue to build on past successes to become a partner that all can count on well into the future.