THE ARCHWAY STORY
The year was 1969. Mel Southerland, a union sheet metal worker by trade, wanted to be his own boss. He was also skilled at servicing heating and cooling equipment. That year, he would start his own company, Archway Cooling & Heating, named after the majestic Gateway Arch that had been recently completed.
Mel’s stepson, Bob Jones, along with Bob’s wife, Margaret, joined the company in 1971 and helped turn it into the business you see today; a family-owned and operated company, with a fully staffed and stocked service department providing 24-hour service by NATE-certified technicians.
SUCCESS BUILT ON A REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE
Archway also has developed a large contractor base for its new construction department, installing ductwork and heating/cooling equipment in more than 1,500 homes during the past 10 years.
There is a full-time office staff consisting of Bob and Margaret’s children. Mike entered the business in 1978 as an apprentice, then worked his way up to a Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker. When Bob retired in 2000, Mike took over as the operations manager.
Julie joined the company in 1986 and took over the management of the bookkeeping when Margaret retired in 1989. Jean, who manages the service department, joined the company in 1995, and Jackie joined in 2007 as the receptionist, guaranteeing a vested interest in customer satisfaction.
WE TRUST AND INSTALL ONLY THE BEST PRODUCTS
We have installed and serviced Trane brand equipment for more than 30 years, a testament to our commitment to quality. Archway has been among the top 10 Trane dealers of all the 278 Trane dealers in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa for each of the past 10 years, and has received numerous awards for consumer satisfaction. We celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2009, and look forward to another 40 years of providing quality service to our fantastic neighbors and customers.