Larry often wondered, “How hard can this be?” After all, he had worked for big players like GM, Busch Gardens and major plants doing large piping and steam fitting projects. Back at the hardware store, they would be asked if they could do installations and they always said no. But as customers kept asking, Larry went out and got his contractor's license. His wife, Debbie Kumpe, the office manager, recollects, “Larry would be sitting out in the truck, reading the instruction manual on how to install a water heater. That's how it started.”
Fresno Plumbing & Heating Inc now has a staff of 227 at their Fresno location. The company handles both commercial and residential projects; current commercial accounts for about 60%, which included medical facilities, shopping centers, office buildings, and schools. They will travel up and down the Valley and the coast, taking on any plumbing project imaginable. They've also embraced design-build, CAD, BIM and have someone who is LEED-certified on staff.