Schaafsma Heating & Cooling was founded in 1905 by Marinus Schaafsma as Schaafsma Hardware and Heating. In 1918, the heating and hardware were split and Schaafsma Heating moved to Ionia Ave NW where it remained until February 2007, when they moved to their new location on N Park St NW . The company continued to grow and thrive due to its reputation of providing quality service at a reasonable price. The company stayed in the family until 1993 when Marv Schaafsma, a grandson of the founder, retired. While Marv stayed involved with the business for many more years, his long time partner Ray Carpenter assumed control until he unexpectedly passed away. Not wanting to see an institution like Schaafsma Heating fade away, three longtime employees, who had worked for both Marv and Ray, purchased the company from Ray's widow and have continued the tradition of service excellence. With a commitment to excellence, this company has survived two world wars, the great depression and 18 different Presidents. The company has continued growing and is one of the largest residential and light commercial companies in the Grand Rapids area. While Marv is retired from the company, he was asked to participate on its board of directors and continues to pass along his insight on maintaining the family tradition.
The officers are:
Kevin Walsh, President, graduated from Davenport University in 1987 with a BBA in business management and is responsible for managing the company to ensure it continues the long tradition of providing excellent customer service.
Bill Krestakos, Sales Manager, started in the industry in 1975 and has been involved in all areas of installation, system design and sales. Bill works with the sales consultants, training them and ensuring they follow the company standards for each installation. He also works with them on any system design necessary.
Eric Pannill, Installation Manager, started with Schaafsma Heating in 1977 as an installation helper and had been the foreman of the installation crews for several years at the time the company was purchased. He has been a senior lead person in residential and commercial new construction and residential and commercial replacement. Eric has over 20 years of field experience and has extensive education in duct design and airflow. He also is a mechanical license holder and has expert knowledge of mechanical codes.
With the variety of experience for each partner, we have the background and resources to continue the long tradition of Schaafsma Heating & Cooling Co.
The quality of our work is our signature.
We autograph each job with excellence.
It's not just a saying; it's an attitude we keep.