Providing air conditioning installation and repair to Platte City and The Northland since 1964
By reporter Lee Stubbs (in a 2001 newspaper article)
In 1966, Ken Snyder bought Wade's Heating and Cooling business in Plate City and changed the name to Snyder's Plumbing and Heating. Nearly four decades later, the business is still providing plumbing and heating sales and service to Platte City area customers.
Dean Snyder, 37, took over managing the family-owned business when his father retired in 1993. Now the staff includes five employees and Dean's mother, Joyce, who runs the office at 610 Second Street in Platte City. Snyder's has long provided new sales and installation at residential and light commercial sites in the area. But Dean Snyder said the business is evolving more toward the service side.
"You know, there are a lot of companies out there who come in and install equipment, but don't service it," he said. "We want to provide the service. We want to be providing continual service to our customers down the road."
Snyder said a new furnace or central air conditioning unit needs regular maintenance.
"Equipment needs to be properly serviced, just like a car," he said. "We try to educate our customers on some things they can do themselves, like change filters."
Snyder's service technicians are certified and attend classes periodically throughout the year to keep up with all the latest equipment.
"We've got qualified people," Snyder said. "We keep them trained on York and Lennox products."
Snyder's has seen a lot of changes in the 36 years since it began operations on Main Street. During the 1960's and 70s, the business saw a boom with new houses popping up in the area. By 1971, the office moved to a bigger space on First Street. After a bried hiatus in Tracy, the headquarters was established at its current Second Street spot in 1992.
Dean Snyder said the most significant change he has seen over the years in the industry is the quality and efficiency of the equipment.
"Everything is so much more efficient now," he said. "The government stepped in and began requiring modifications which have really made a difference."
With a solid past to reflect and build on, the future looks bright for Snyder's. As Platte City continues to expand, look for Snyder's to keep pace.
"We just want to grow and expand with Platte City," Dean Snyder said. "You might see a few more of our trucks on the road in the near future"
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