Last updated on July 2, 2019 at 10:57 a.m.
Austin Plumbing Company in Hartland nearly doubles the size of its facilities to accommodate recent growth.
The nearly 50-year-old third-generation family plumbing business, which also includes Polar Express Heating and Air, began work in February on a 5,700 square foot addition to its 6,500 square foot building at 530 Norton Drive.
Most of the new space will be for a warehouse to accommodate new equipment and delivery trucks, said company president Tom Smith. The office will also be renovated.
Austin Plumbing has 13 employees.
“We were actually planning to move into a brand new building and looked at several options, but decided to stay here,” Smith said. “We like our location near Highway 16. It’s easy to get to Waukesha or Oconomowoc. Being located in the center of the market is essential.
Austin Plumbing Co. was founded in 1969 by Austin Smith, Tom’s father, who worked in the business for decades before dying five years ago at the age of 92.
The family plans to place one of Austin’s old calling cards under the new addition and pour a thin layer of cement over it, Tom Smith said.
Tom joined the company over 35 years ago and today his son also works with him.
Keller Inc., based in Germantown, is the project manager. Smith said the project should be finished by May.
“We’ve added employees over the past year and plan to hire a few more,” Smith said. “That’s part of the reason that facilitated the growth.”