In June this year, the BizJournal made a publication on the announcement made by Goettl Air Conditioning about the purchase of SoCal based HVAC company dubbed Walton’s Heating and Air. However, the company did not disclose its financial details. Both companies are family owned businesses. Goettl is located in Tucson, Phoenix, and Las Vegas while Walton’s operates from Southern California. This acquisition put Goettl in a better position to solidify its presence in California. More so, Walton’s has been able to grow in a tremendous way which could not have been possible if it was on its own.
Todd Longbrake, the owner of Walton’s, disclosed that his company had been stagnant for a while, but the deal with Goettl enabled the company to grow in ten-folds. Todd was assimilated into Goettl and is now a field supervisor and sales manager in the corporation. Goettl showed interests in working with Walton’s, but Longbrake was quite reluctant. It is the good reputation of Goettl and that of its owner, Ken Goodrich that gave him the motivation to sign the deal. It took two years for Ken to announce on AZ Central the acquisition. This delay was due to operational issues and marketing complications that surrounded Walton’s at the time of merging. By the date of making the announcement, all these problems had been sorted out, and the company was recording progress. Goettl and Walton’s similar values and family background made it easy for Longbrake to be assimilated into Goettl’s culture.
Currently, Goettl consists of 306 employees and hopes to create 200 additional jobs especially for the Tucson and Phoenix branches. According to PR News, these two branches are the largest markets for the company. The projected plans are to penetrate into the northern California and later on into the Texas market by next year.
Goettl AC was established in 1939 by Gust and Adam Goettl. The two brothers began by developing the first refrigerated AC and evaporative cooler in Phoenix. This invention was in an attempt to help ease the severe desert temperatures in the region. For many years, the company has been committed to shaping the AC and heating industry. Goettl has remained a leader in the HVAC industry because of its constant innovations that match up the changing technology. The company also boasts of highly skilled HVAC technicians who go through continuous and rigorous training. Additionally, all its technicians are Sadie Certified. The Goettl’s also held over 100 patents.