Goettl Air Conditioning Co., a key player in the early development of air conditioning that allowed the Valley to grow rapidly after World War II, is moving its operations to Tempe after 64 years in Phoenix.
Goettl is moving its headquarters and factory to 1845 W. First St. in Tempe, from its location at 3830 E. Wier in Phoenix, after the purchase of many of the company's assets by a group of managers.
The move is expected to be completed by the end of this year, said Brad Morari, vice president of contracting. The change is being made because Goettl doesn't need all of the floor space at the Wier location, he said.
When the executive group purchased the company in April from former owner David H. Murdock, the new owners acquired some of Goettl's projects and product lines, but not the building, Morari said. The new building, which will be leased, covers 50,000 square feet while the existing location is 150,000 square feet, he said. “We just didn't need all that space because we are using new processes,” he said.
“For example, we are using pre-painted steel now, and the old building has a paint system that takes up 10,000 square feet that we don't need.”
The new center will consist of offices, an assembly line for air conditioning units and warehouse space. All of the company's 95 employees will make the move. No job losses are anticipated, he said. The new ownership |group, called American Best |LLC, is composed of Morari, who has been with the company for 32 years; Dan Burke, chief executive officer, who has been with Goettl for 14 years; John Ryan, vice president of manufacturing, seven years; and Jason Fairfield, chief financial officer, four years. Goettl builds its own lines of air conditioning and heating equipment and installs other brands as well.
Contracting and maintenance work for commercial and residential units also are a major part of the company's business. The company was founded in 1939 by Gus and Adam Goettl to make and service the swamp coolers that were the mainstay of early residential cooling in the Valley. Later, under the leadership of Bill Goettl the company pioneered the development of affordable refrigeration units for residential use.
For many years, the company was located at 20th Street and Indian School Road, then at Washington and 54th Street. For the past 10 years it has been located on Wier. Murdock bought the business from Bill Goettl and owned it for 25 years before selling it to the manager's group this spring. Morari said the new owners plan to keep the business in the Valley under its historic name and focused on air conditioning products. They hope to grow the business in areas where Goettl has not had a major presence such as contracting for commercial developments and custom homes, he said.