The company was founded by Norman A. Williams in 1946 after he returned from serving in the U.S Navy during WWII. Originally known as Norman Williams Refrigeration, the company was operated as a small family-owned sales and service company for 25 years in downtown Murphysboro, Illinois. Eventually, the business changed its name to Williams Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. (WAC).
After attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Norman’s son, Ted Williams, joined the company in 1972. As the market for residential and commercial air-conditioning grew, so did the company. In 1985, the offices and sheet metal shop were relocated from downtown Murphysboro to their current locations. That same year Norman Williams retired and Ted Williams assumed the role of President and CEO.
The company experienced significant growth during the mid-1980’s and early 1990’s and, as operational space became a limiting factor to future growth, it was decided to move the residential division to a separate building. For several years, WAC operated with the separate divisions working out of different locations. In 1999, it was decided to incorporate the commercial division as a separate company, thus Heartland Mechanical Contractors, Inc. (HMC) was born.
As HMC continued to grow, Ted realized the need to narrow his focus in order to continue providing the quality of service HMC and WAC were known for. In 2005, Ted sold the residential arm of the company, WAC, so that each division could have its own team, each able to focus more directly on their customers. After a number of years of operating as completely independent companies, Williams Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. was brought back under the wing of Heartland Mechanical Contractors and re-branded as Heartland Heating & Air Conditioning in 2013.
A Solid Staff, A Solid Reputation
Ted Williams has been the President and CEO of Heartland Mechanical Contractors, Inc. since incorporation. Ted has more than 40 years of experience in the HVAC business and is a native of Southern Illinois. He says, “When you live and work in the same community all your life, your personal reputation and integrity, and that of your business, become one in the same. Both are of utmost importance.”
Heartland Mechanical Contractors, Inc., (HMC) is a commercial heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) contracting company with offices at 511 Health Department Road in Murphysboro. Heartland Mechanical Contractors, Inc. is incorporated in the State of Illinois. The company has been under the same ownership and management since inception. Ted A. Williams is the company President/CEO, and owns 100% of the company stock.
The Illinois Capital Development Board has awarded Heartland Mechanical Contractors, Inc. several achievement awards for their excellence on State of Illinois construction projects. Heartland Mechanical Contractors, Inc. has completed projects for Southern Illinois Health Care, Southern Illinois University, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, V.A. Medical Center, Illinois Department of Corrections, Murphysboro High School, Bechtel Power, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State of Illinois Capital Development Board, and several other local general contractors and private businesses.