A local business recently celebrated its expansion.
Douglas Mechanical Services, located at 820 Four Rod Road, offers heating, air conditioning and ventilation services for both residential and commercial properties.
Douglas Sturtevant opened the business with his wife, Jill, and has been successfully operating it since 2004. Douglas Mechanical Services recently added a 2,500-square-foot sheet metal shop.
“To have businesses like yourself open and expand during this pandemic is incredible,” Mayor Mark Kaczynski said during a ribbon-cutting marking the expansion.
The new workshop enables Douglas Mechanical Services to produce its own ductwork.
“For many years, we have been struggling to find somebody to do quality sheet metal for us,” said Doug Sturtevant. “We can install it all day long, but we have some very talented guys here who know how to fabricate it. Now, we can have a fabrication process in-house, which gives us control, better quality, and the ability to hire more people during this pandemic.”
Jill Sturtevant said she’s “elated” about the expansion. “[W]e’ve grown so much and have such great staff,” she said. “I am so happy that we were able to come together and make this happen.”
Doug Sturtevant obtained his technical training from Goodwin Tech in New Britain, through an apprenticeship program provided by the school and the State of Connecticut. He began his career at United Mechanical Resources – formerly in Meriden – and worked there until 2003 before opening Douglas Mechanical Services with his wife.
Warehouse supervisor Christopher Schatz said, “I’ve never had an employer who cares about their employees as Doug and Jill do. They dedicated their time and patience to finding out what my strong suits were to better adapt and create the best position for me.”