Longtime Fresno plumbing company acquired

The Lee’s Heating & Air team gathers for a morning meeting on this 2018 file photo.

published on March 11, 2021 – 11:48 a.m.
Written by Frank Lopez

A 40 year old Fresno company recently acquired another Fresno company that is in business around the same time.

Lee’s Air Plumbing & Heating has acquired Vern’s Plumbing. The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Vern’s plumbing owner Vern Ingram Jr. first started business talks with Lee’s team in November 2020 to retire and keep his employees and customers in good hands.

The acquisition includes three of the five employees who remained at the time of Ingram Jr.’s retirement, as well as all of the assets in Vern’s Plumbing building on Ashlan and Marks Avenue, as well as customers.

Josue Solis, operations manager at Lee’s, said that with this acquisition, the company will now be able to offer hydro jets to clean pipes and expand into more commercial areas.

Solis said the expansion will come right after Lee’s 40th anniversary and in the middle of the rebranding process from Lee’s Air to Lee’s Air, Plumbing & Heating.

The company has a new logo and its vehicle fleets have new packaging.

“We’re celebrating 40 years of service and I think it was time to finally show off our established brand,” said Solis.

The company saw an increase in demand for its air services on both the residential and commercial indoor air quality sides following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Solis said.

Although Lee’s is still a work in progress, he has acquired a new location in south Fresno on Gearhart Avenue just off Church Avenue.

“We are excited about the new brand, the acquisition with Vern’s and the continued growth,” said Solis.

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