DeWayne Hanes got his start in the water industry in Nebraska in 1965 when he began working for a Culligan dealership. After leaving Culligan, he became a distributor for General Ionics, a water conditioning company that built equipment that was largely utilized by NASA.
Nebraska company’s clean water system addresses specific water quality concerns
Matt and Catherine Gilby purchased Southeast Texas Water in January 2011, and with the new adventure came old ties.
Catherine is carrying on the legacy of her grandparents, H.D. (“Tex”) and Emma Strait, who moved to Beaumont, Texas, 45 years ago to purchase a Culligan business. Tex’s middle son, Henry Strait, and his wife, Fran, then purchased Southeast Texas Water from his parents in 1994, and now it is Henry’s daughter’s turn to run the business with her husband.
Southeast Texas Water's new family owners look to technology to streamline their business
Vermont Water Inc. has just three employees, however, the company is currently experiencing the benefits of robust economy with a lot of business. Company President John Beauchamp credits this success to an abundance of business that has come through word of mouth.
“Doing quality work, treating our customers fairly and being responsive to their needs seem to be the techniques that have stood the test of time,” he said about Vermont Water’s ability to prosper even in the midst of economic downturn.
Vermont Water Inc. thrives due to its special emphasis on water treatment education and training
As a manufacturer of water treatment equipment, Hellenbrand is no small name, but one Hellenbrand has made his own name in the dealership side of the industry. KH Water Specialists in Mukwonago, Wis., is owned by Kevin Hellenbrand, the son of Jim and Florence, who founded Hellenbrand Water Conditioners in 1967.
“I got started because my father started Hellenbrand Water, so I grew up along with my brothers,” he said. “We all rode along and got to help out here and there, so it’s basically what I’ve done all my life.”
Son of Wisconsin manufacturer makes a name for himself as a dealer
In his early 20s, Bill Certain, president of Certain Water Service Inc. in Port Charlotte, Fla., was captivated by the water industry while working for a dairy supply company in Okeechobee, Fla. “My employer sent me to a school in Illinois to train on their supplies, and we spent most of the time on the importance of soft water and how much soap and supplies the dairy industry could save. I was sold from that point,” he said.
Florida water professional finds his niche in the water industry
Glenn Karn opened the doors of NorthWest Water Treatment in Kent, Wash., 17 years ago, but the idea was many years in the making. Karn began working in the water treatment industry in 1973, right out of high school. A Culligan dealership in Seattle needed someone to throw a bunch of garbage into a dumpster and Karn said he did it so fast that they decided to hire him.
Washington state father-son business embraces technology in the water treatment industry
When brothers Andy and Tim Peacock took over Peacock Water in Ohio, the company had already been around for three generations. In 1906, Andy and Tim’s great grandfather cofounded Peacock Brothers Plumbing with his brother. In 1953 the brothers decided to delve into the water conditioning business, and the company was renamed Servicesoft.
Tim and Andy Peacock carry on the legacy of water service in Ohio
CD Environmental owner and Manager Charlie Dill traveled a long road before reaching his final destination. He began working in the construction field — first in excavating and then in framing houses. Nine years ago his family started a plumbing and contracting business, and it was while working in plumbing that Dill began to see the importance of water treatment not just in new homes, but also in existing homes. It was from this experience that CD Environmental was born.
Indiana company’s foundation in construction and plumbing helps to create water solutions
Fogt Water Conditioning in Anna, Ohio, has been locally owned and operated since Richard Fogt opened the business in 1959. In 1980, Jim and Betty Miars purchased the company from Fogt, but kept the original name. Jim died 10 years ago and Betty has since turned over office management duties to her daughter.
Today, Fogt Water Conditioning has three employees, all of whom are members of the Miars family. The company offers sales and rentals of water softeners, reverse osmosis (RO) systems, and salt sales and delivery. They provide service within a 50-mile radius.
Ohio dealer encourages education and communication for business successs
Quality Water Conditioning Inc. is a 56-year-old company in Woodstock, Ill., that services mostly domestic customers in McHenry County, Ill. — only about 5% of its business comes from the commercial industry. While the company has a conventional history of water conditioning, its president, Craig Grant, comes from a more artistic background. Grant, who earned a master’s degree in art history, transitioned into the family business after graduate school, as his family expanded and required more income.
From art history to water conditioning and treatment, Craig Grant manages to continue the success of the family-owned water conditioning business