Harry Waldinger, a 30-year-old Austrian tinsmith, founded our company as Capital City Tin Shop in 1906. He immigrated to the United States four years before that, having to leave his wife and young children behind. By doing furnace repairs and spouting work, he soon saved enough money to bring his family to the United States.
The business continued as a small family operation, changing its name to Capital City Sheet Metal in 1928. When Harry Waldinger died in 1935 at age 59, the company had four employees, including his sons Mose and Joe Waldinger. Mose handled bidding, while his older brother Joe performed and managed the work.
In 1940, the young Waldinger brothers made a bold decision that proved to be a turning point in the company’s history. Against the advice of their banker and bonding agent, they formed a partnership to bid on a job ten times larger than anything they had done before.
The new partnership, Iowa Sheet Metal Contractors, was the successful bidder on the $150,000 barracks project located at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. They completed seventeen similar jobs in the Midwest over the next five years, and Iowa Sheet Metal Contractors soon became one of the largest sheet metal companies in the United States.
In 1948, our company was the successful bidder on the Mutual Benefit Life building in Omaha, Nebraska. In order to get the job done efficiently, Iowa Sheet Metal Contractors purchased Skilman Sheet Metal and employed its 25 skilled workers. This new branch was named Nebraska Sheet Metal Contractors.
In 1959, the company moved its operations to our current headquarters on Bell Avenue in Des Moines, and two years later, expanded its capabilities by adding a piping division. Then in 1969, to honor its roots, the company changed its name to The Waldinger Corporation, and subsequently, TWC Services.
In 1987, we opened service branches in Tampa and Atlanta. Then came Wichita in 1995; Orlando in 1997; Ft. Myers in 1998; Ft. Lauderdale in 2001; Springdale in 2003; Jacksonville in 2007; Sebring in 2012, Savannah, Mobile and Greenville in 2014; Miami in 2015, and West Palm Beach, Charlotte, and Ocala in 2016. We added Charleston, Panama City and Sarasota in 2018; Columbia, South Orlando, Dothan and Picayune in 2019, and have started out strong in 2020 with new offices in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina and Chattanooga, Tennessee. We also have operations in Tallahassee and Nashville. We are continuing to grow and expand into new markets, with plans to add as many as four additional new locations in 2020 alone! Employing more than 3,000 professionals (2,200 of which are trade), our annual revenues are over $600 million.