A local heating, cooling and plumbing company is spending about $1.5 million to move its headquarters from Fishers to Indianapolis, where it plans to double its work force over the next three years.
Service Plus Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., a 17-year-old business at 11771 Technology Drive (near 116th Street and Interstate 69) in Fishers, plans to move Sept. 15 to 7520 E. 88th Place in Indianapolis.
The company has operated in a 3,000-square-foot building since its founding and is moving to a 7,000-square-foot space that will allow more room for extra employees, equipment and training. The new office is about 4 miles southwest, near Castleton.
Service Plus said it expects to increase employment from 30 to 60 by 2020. Wages at the company range from $15 to $30 per hour.
The company is owned by Chris Cunningham, who trained as a service technician before starting his company.
“We couldn’t be happier with the location and size of the building,” Cunningham said in written remarks. “We’re really excited to continue growing and to launch even more services in the coming years.”
Cunningham said the training component of the new headquarters is important because there is a growing shortage of staff in the building trades industry because fewer people are entering the field.
He said he hopes to work with area educators and companies to develop classes that will make it easier for returning veterans and others to acquire skills needed to work in the industry.
“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find young people eager to enter the building trades, which is a shame because they’re missing out on great salaries and developing skills that could take them around the world,” Cunningham said.