Since the 1880's when The Young Coal Company started selling coal and 1903 when they harvested and sold ice from the Cedar River, Young's have been keeping the people of Iowa's Cedar Valley comfortable all along. The Young Heating Company was started in 1943 by Dick H. Young and his brother, Bob Young, as an off-shoot of The Young Coal Company. The original business was selling and servicing oil burners. In the late 1940's, natural gas was introduced into the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area and the company expanded to sell, install and service natural gas burners and furnaces. They later added plumbing to better serve the homebuilders and home owners with a total mechanical system. With the introduction of affordable residential and commercial air conditioning in the mid 1950's, the company became a dealer and installer of York water cooled air conditioners. Through these years the company's clientele were predominately single family residential, retail and office buildings. In 1956, Young Heating Company diversified into the commercial, institutional and industrial plumbing and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) business by being the successful bidder for the new Waterloo West High School. From that point on, the company was the mechanical contractor on a large number of projects within a 50 mile radius of Waterloo, with some projects as far away as Iowa State University in Ames and The University of Iowa in Iowa City. Now approximately 80% of Young's business is in the commercial, institutional and industrial market covering most of Northeast Iowa.
In 1968 the company was changed from a partnership into a corporation and became the Young Plumbing and Heating Co. as it is known today. Also at that time, Arnold Becker, who joined the company in 1953, participated in the ownership and management of the company and served as President of the company from 1975 until his retirement in 1994. Today, Young Plumbing and Heating Co. is locally owned by the Young, Becker and Tink families with Dick H. Young's son, Rick Young, now serving as President and Mark Tink, Arnold Becker's son-in-law, serving as Vice-President.
750 South Hackett Rd
Waterloo, IA 50701