Mohr Plumbing and Heating is featured as this month’s Spotlight on a Business sponsored by the Red Bud Chamber of Commerce. The business is most likely one of the oldest in Red Bud as it celebrates 75 years this month.
Leonard Mohr established Mohr Plumbing and Heating in 1941. Using a wheelbarrow for hauling the basic hand tools needed to apply his trade, he would hustle off to the various plumbing tasks throughout the small town of Red Bud. In order to keep up with his growing business, he soon purchased a 1929 Chevy Coupe which he converted into a truck.
In 1946, Leonard’s son, Vic, returned from the Navy and brought his acquired knowledge to the business. Leonard retired in 1972 and he and his wife Dora turned the business over to their son and daughter-in-law, Vic and Trudie Mohr. Mohr Plumbing and Heating was changed to Red Bud Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electrical Contractors, Inc. (Red Bud P.H.C. & E., Inc.) Vic’s son Vic Jr. started with the business in 1973. He attended MacMurray College and has BA degrees in Biology and Chemistry. He has attended school for refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning and belongs to the American Chemical Society, and is a licensed plumber in the state of Illinois.
In 1975, Helen, Vic Jr’s wife, joined the business and assumed bookkeeping responsibilities. Red Bud P.H.C. & E. Contractors, Inc, became the local dealer for Kinetico Water Conditioning in 1986. After attending Kinetico’s Sales and Service Schools, Helen is now in charge of Kinetico sales and service. In 1987 the company added the assumed name of Mohr Softwater for the water conditioning portion of the business.
In 1993, Vic Jr. and Helen purchased the business from Vic Sr. and continue to service and sell quality plumbing, heating, air conditioning and water treatment equipment. Some of the lines of products that are sold are recognized brand names like Carrier heating and cooling equipment, American Standard fixtures, Delta Faucets, Kinetico Water softeners, treatment equipment and reverse osmosis drinking systems.
Due to a fire in 2005 the business moved to its current location at 110 Kennedy Drive.
Contact Mohr Plumbing at 282-2108 or visit the website at mohrplumbingandheating.com. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8-4:30 and by appointment evenings and Saturdays.
Vic and Helen appreciate all of the customers for their support over the past several years.