Heating & Air Conditioning

Defender Direct acquires Williams Comfort Air

October 3, 2012
Scott Olson
Home-security and satellite-dish installer Defender Direct Inc. has acquired local heating, cooling and plumbing powerhouse Williams Comfort Air, creating a home-services company with nearly 2,200 employees and $335 million in annual revenue.
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Owner launches HVAC business after selling family firmRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Larry Howald sold his father’s 40-employee HVAC business to Lennox in 2000 during a wave of industry consolidation. He stayed with the firm for a decade, but has now left to strike out on his own again.
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Greenwood contractor is minority small business person of the year

January 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The winner of the Small Business Administration award has seen steady growth during its 10 years in business.
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Carmel contractor offers scholarshipsRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based Williams Comfort Air, a heating and cooling contractor, is accepting nominations for its Extraordinairy Treasures annual scholarship program. Six one-time scholarships totaling $5,000 will be awarded to high school seniors based on community service, leadership activities and family commitment.
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Builder looks to cold storage for steady work in a weak economyRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Cold storage might become a hot business for a building contractor.
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HVAC company heats up sales in cool economy through acquisitions

May 25, 2009
George Umbarger
Doubling annual sales might seem an impossible feat in a recession, but at the modest office of Williams Comfort Air and Metzler's Mr. Plumber, it is a reality.
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Carrier carrying on in cool housing marketRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Chris O'Malley
With steep declines in new-home construction and existing home sales, market conditions in the Indianapolis-based North American residential business of Carrier Corp. "are clearly challenging," according to George David, CEO of Carrier's parent, United Technologies.
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Once-hot cooler company's new owners trying to rejuvenate businessRestricted Content

March 26, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
After almost 60 profitable years that saw Elliott-Williams Co. install walk-in refrigerators and freezers in almost every Indiana school, hospital and hotel, the venerable firm was brought to its knees last year. But an unlikely savior, a new locally based venture capital firm, bought EW out of bankruptcy for $507,000, about the cost of 10 EW walk-ins.
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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