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G.D. Edgerton and Son has served our area for decades

SALEM – It’s been 58 years for G.D. Edgerton & Son Heating and Air Conditioning at 459 Rose Ave.

Tom Miller, the owner since 1994 when he bought the business from a retiring G.D. Edgerton, said he decided to keep the company name because it was established.

He said keeping it was a smart move for a number of business reasons, but mostly it was the name recognition and reputation Edgerton had built. The business has to be one of the longest standing in the entire area.

But Miller worked for Edgerton since 1984, 10 years before buying it, and today he and his wife, Linda own and operate the business.

“Before that I worked in maintenance at the Landmark company in Columbiana that supplied supermarkets. That’s where I got my refrigeration and air conditioning training,” Miller explained.

“I came here and got a job here after Landmark closed in 1984. I was off work a month, came here to buy some stove pipe and later asked Edgerton about work.

“He asked what I knew and he asked me about sheet metal and I said, ‘Whatever you can teach me. I will learn’ and he said ‘you’re hired.’ Never filled out an application.”

There were three other employees, Miller said noting back then that G.D. Edgerton was a heating and roofing company.

“Heating in the winter, roofing in the summer,” he said. “I brought the air conditioning expertise from Landmark. It gave me the expertise and I went to Choffin Career Center in Youngstown for more training. We don’t do roofing today.”

Miller has one employee, Chuck Lloyd, who has been with him about nine years. “So it’s a two-man operation,” he said.

G.D. Edgerton still sells the Luxaire brand of equipment as it has since the beginning.

“It’s American made,” Miller said, adding he obtains supplies through McCrudden Supply in Youngstown and Famous Supply in Sebring.

The busiest season is winter, he said, “About February it dies. As winter drags on people say, ‘I almost made it’ and sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t.”

The company just finished a heat pump and furnace job at Simmons Feed and Supply in Salem. Miller said the company covers northern Columbiana County and over to Alliance, Sebring and into Canfield and Austintown.

“We offer installation, service and repair to many makes and models of furnaces, air conditioners, heat pump and duct work in residential and light commercial applications,” he said. “We also offer emergency service to our local customers.”

The company is insured, bonded and licensed by the state to do HVAC, hydronic, heating and also refrigeration and some plumbing.

For more information, call 330-332-5561.

lshields@salemnews.net

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