Guardian Environmental Services, Inc. (GES) of Livonia, a heating and cooling (HVAC) mechanical contractor, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014. GES co-owners, John C. Philbin a former HVAC tech and Anthony D’Ascenzo, a former plumber, saw the market for commercial HVAC mechanical services to compliment a growing plumbing services segment. GES began as a sister company to Guardian Plumbing and Heating, Inc., which started in the early 60s and is still going strong today. GES specializes in commercial HVAC, offering maintenance contracts and project management
According to Tom Barker, GES Vice President, the company’s focus and consistency is the same today as it was 30 years ago. “Our biggest accomplishment is the fact that we have been successful for 30 years with the same leadership,” he said. “We have been successful during the ups and downs of our local economy.”
GES focuses on several “critical” environmental needs of its commercial customers, including those who operate health care operations and data centers. One of their Detroit-area customers who depend on GES to maintain its critical data center as well as mechanical systems throughout its facility is Raymond James, a diversified financial services company located in Southfield.
Lisa Kerr, manager of office services for Raymond James, said that GES is the only mechanical company she has known since she began with her company 19 years ago. That’s saying a lot about the value of this long-term business relationship. “Our corporate office has very high standards and GES has always met them,” Kerr said.
The GES workforce is comprise of members of Operating Engineers, Local 324, a group that is dedicated to finding good opportunities for its members which includes working at GES. “We have an apprenticeship program and currently have apprentices working for us,” said Barker. “We think the best techs are the ones we train ourselves.”
For more information on GES visit www.gesmechanicalservices.com or call 734-513-9500.