Larry, now the President of Fresno Plumbing & Heating and Dean, the company's Secretary Treasurer, come from a construction family. Their dad was a buyer for a major construction company in Los Angeles and the boys worked for their father until 1967, at which point they went into the plumbing industry. When the family moved to Fresno, they were confident they could stay busy and make a go of it. They started out doing small service work with a single Ford Courier pickup and no other employees out in the field, just a couple of people in the hardware side of the business.
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.