BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – He says he likes to keep a low profile, but Phil Strunk is taking his heating and cooling business into a bigger home with a bigger sign.
Strunk is moving his Community Heating and Cooling business into the former Pioneer Glass warehouse at the corner of 19th Street and Avenue L.
He said he doesn’t have any additional plans for expansion but wanted to be more visible for customers.
“I’ve been running this business from behind Doc Shannon’s place up by Rodeo Park. You don’t get seen very well up there so I thought it would be good to move down here and be on a main street through the town,” Strunk said Thursday.
Crews are currently renovating the office space of the former glass dealership. The entire office has been completely gutted and opened up. Strunk is building a new wall and is basically cleaning the building, which he said used to be a car dealership and grocery store, prior to Pioneer and now Community Heating and Cooling. A reception area is also in the works.
‘If you’re gonna have a secretary there you might as well sell some parts, filters, etc,” he said. “It’ll just be nice to have a place where people can just come in.,”
He said he may look at possibly offering some retail furnace parts, but he plans on just sticking to the what he’s good at which is providing around the clock heating and cooling service and sales. Community Heating and Cooling has been in business for three years with a main service market of Burlington, Keokuk, and Fort Madison.
Strunk graduated from Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo in 2000 and has a low-key approach to his business.
“I’m just the most low-profile people you’ll ever see,” he said. “I like showing up at people’s homes and they don’t know I”m the boss.”
Services he offers include all heating and cooling services, duct work and new home duct work and humidifiers. He also leases ice machines to clients throughout southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri. Strunk says he can service all brands of heating and cooling systems, but specializes in Goodman systems. He said a Goodman sign is ready to be installed on the building. His crew will also respond to calls 24/7 and said that’s just the way the industry is.
“You have to accommodate for people’s lifestyles. People don’t work normal hours anymore. Used to be most people worked 8-4 but that just doesn’t happen anymore and we need to accommodate them,” he said.
Strunk said he doesn’t really have a grand opening date, but is telling everyone after the beginning of the year.