Great companies don’t happen overnight. They are grown, year by year, nurtured by hardworking, dedicated and talented people. R&D Plumbing and Heating Ltd is no different, our success has been years in the making and will continue because of the dedication and hard work that our skilled staff gives every single day.
The R&D story began back in 1977. Roy Noble and Len James started James and Noble Sheet metal in the small border town of Lloydminster.
In 1983, R&D went through a transformation: James and Noble Sheet Metal changed, creating two separate companies. Roy’s company became Roy Noble Sheet Metal; Len’s company became James Plumbing. Now in 1987 in a bay in the Klinger’s building in Lloydminster, Roy Noble’s former co-worker Don MacDuff from James Plumbing became a partner and R&D Heating was born.
By 1995 the business had expanded and so had the two man team. Behind the scenes their staff of four gave customers world class service. Brenda Thomas, the Administration/Finance Manager was then the office manager, and Brian Fischer was an apprentice Sheet Metal worker. The two other members of the team were a service man/ gas fitter and an apprentice gas fitter. Gearing up for the new millennium in 1995, R&D Heating added the “Plumbing” to its name by acquiring James Plumbing; officially ringing in the new millennium as R&D Plumbing & Heating Ltd.
As time went on, the little staff base grew. Apprentices became journeymen and the level of experience in the company evolved. Don Macduff’s son Ryan joined the company in 1996, proudly carrying on the family name. Around the same time two other young gentlemen joined the company, Corey Dallyn and Chad McDougall. These three along with Brian Fischer spent the next 15 years working in their chosen fields before becoming the current owners.
We were proud to announce that as of 2011, R&D Plumbing and Heating Ltd had new owners. Roy and Don left to enjoy retirement knowing that the new owners would treat their former company well. Ryan, Corey, Chad and Brian all journeymen in their chosen field and all “raised” in the company love what they do and are doing a fantastic job of continuing the high levels of excellence and skillful service that started the company so many years ago.
The present day R&D Plumbing and Heating is a large busy shop where the years of knowledge and skill are evident in everything they do. No longer a team of four employees, R&D now employs about 60 people with many having reached or surpassed their 5, 10 and 15 year anniversaries with the company. R&D has rung in the 2015 year with moving in to a larger office space with a fully functioning showroom to display plumbing fixtures, fireplaces, and hot tubs, and a massive warehouse, to better serve our growing community.
R&D owes part of its success to the local community and surrounding areas. Sponsoring sports like Minor hockey and supporting the Bobcats and Lloydminster Health Foundation, as well as volunteering with community events and fundraisers, R&D helps give back to the community, with the hopes of making it a better place.