Like many businesses, ours began quietly. In 1989, cousins Dennis Harren and Dan Salzbrun began building utility trailers and offering specialty welding, heating and cooling in a two-stall garage in St. Cloud as “H&S Welding, Heating and Air Conditioning.” The small business consisted of the two men and two pick-up trucks. “H&S” represented their last names. The men gained reputations for being hardworking, honest, and down-to-earth, and since they did good work, customers came.
More customers meant they needed more room. So, H&S moved in 1992 to a machine shop in Luxemburg, replacing the trucks with a utility van and changing the slogan to “Happy and Satisfied.”
We’re happy to say that by 1997 the heating and cooling business was expanding. Again, we needed more work and inventory space, and garage space to house our growing fleet of vehicles. So, we built an additional shop. And as business increased, various family members grew up to work in the business.
Jeremy got his start sweeping the shop floor and organizing the tools and inventory. His parents “taught me everything I know,” mentoring his HVAC apprenticeship and journeyman process. By 2010, Jeremy had learned enough to manage the business. He gained a Master Certificate of Competency in HVAC from the City of St. Cloud and was also certified by the North American Technician Excellence (NATE). Jeremy and his wife Emily bought the residential side of the business from his parents in 2012. Their company is called, “H&S Heating and Air Conditioning Residential & Service, LLC.”