CJ Brubacher 25 years later

CJ Brubacher: 25 Years Later

From technological advancements to shifts in consumer behaviour, the landscape of our HVAC, plumbing and electrical industry has been transformed in ways that would have been unimaginable just a few decades ago. Despite these changes, our company has remained steadfast in our commitment to providing quality products and exceptional service. As we look back on the last 25 years, we’re proud of the progress we’ve made and excited for what the future holds. Join us as we celebrate our journey and the many milestones that have brought us to where we are today.

As we celebrate our 100-year anniversary, it’s hard to believe how fast time has flown by. It seems like we were gathered together just yesterday to commemorate our 75th anniversary. A local paper, who published an article about our journey, acknowledged our significant milestone. They told the story of CJ Brubacher and how heating and plumbing had changed over the past 75 years. Looking back at that time, we realize how much the industry and our business had changed. 

Keeping Traditions Alive

Now that we have reached our 100-year milestone, we are embracing changes in heating and plumbing as we move into the future, but also keeping some traditions alive. One aspect of business at CJ Brubacher that will never change is our dedication to customer service. 

At CJ Brubacher, our business thrives on providing exceptional customer service. While many aspects of the industry constantly undergo innovation and change, our commitment to putting our customers first will never waver. 

We understand that our clients are the backbone of our success and that trust and transparency are critical to fostering strong relationships. From the initial consultation to the finishing touches on a project, we prioritize clear communication and timely responses to ensure our customers are satisfied every step of the way. At CJ Brubacher, our unwavering dedication to our clients is what sets us apart.

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The Location

Our original location on Arthur Street in Elmira, Ontario, is a historic landmark that dates back to 1923. The building served as our company’s home for over three decades, but it faced some challenges in 1951 when it needed to be demolished. Despite this, our resilient company didn’t let this discourage us. We temporarily moved down the street while they reconstructed a new building, which we then moved back to in 1953. The restoration process was long and tedious, but the CJ Brubacher business team couldn’t have been happier to have its own building once again. 

In 1968, CJ Brubacher bought a building from B&L Metal on First St. E, which we moved into in 1970. In 1998 when we were celebrating our 75th anniversary, we were in the midst of expanding this location with a 2,000 sq. ft addition onto the back of the building, which was to house the rental store and general offices. During this time, the front of the storefront was being remodeled to become the new home of Frey’s Flowers. The exterior of the building was also being covered in coloured steel, which still stands in place today!

This location is where our family company still calls home today, but its roots will always be tied back to its original, beloved building on Arthur Street.

Industry Changes Over The Years

When celebrating our 75th anniversary, we took the time to look back at the way our industry has changed throughout the decades. Major strides in plumbing were made since the 20s, including moving from cast iron and steel pipe to copper and through to plastic. 

Over the past 25 years, numerous improvements have been driven by new technologies that have been developed to enable more efficient and effective plumbing systems. For example, new materials such as PVC and PEX have become popular for use in pipes, reducing instances of leaks and the need for repairs. 

Additionally, there have been major improvements in water conservation through the use of low-flow toilets and showerheads, as well as new regulations requiring more efficient water heaters. These innovations have not only improved plumbing systems’ functionality but also had significant implications for the environment and consumers’ energy bills. 

In heating, consumers moved from gravity furnaces to forced air and electric heat. In the early 60s, gas came on the scene and was soon used by everyone who could access it. To this day, it still remains the most widely used fuel for home heating.  

The heating and cooling industry may not have seen any major breakthroughs in recent years, but the progress made in improving energy efficiency is noteworthy. With advancements in technology, consumers now have a range of options to choose from when it comes to heating and cooling their homes. 

From geothermal systems that utilize the earth’s natural energy to hybrid heating systems that combine multiple energy sources, the industry has come a long way in pursuing environmental friendliness and energy conservation. Looking back at the history of HVAC, we can see that these improvements have been a long time coming. Today, consumers can take advantage of these advancements and make choices that benefit both wallets and the planet.

The past 25 years have also brought monumental changes to the world of electrical services. From the introduction of smart home technology to the shift towards renewable energy sources, there’s no denying that the industry has come a long way. These improvements have paved the way for a safer, more efficient, and more environmentally-friendly approach to electricity. With the rise of smart meters and advanced monitoring systems, customers now have more control over their energy usage than ever before. In addition, new building codes and safety regulations have standardized the installation and maintenance of electrical systems, reducing the risk of accidents and improving the overall quality of service

Our Employees

Since our last major milestone of 75 years, just as the industry has changed, so have some of our employees. James and Peter Brubacher were at the head of the company for our last celebration, but now, 25 years later, Kyle (the original owner, Clare’s great-grandson) is at the helm. James and Peter’s legacy lives on through Kyle as he carries on the traditions and values of the business as he acquired full ownership in 2019.

The legacy of CJ Brubacher has been passed down from generation to generation, and Zack Brubacher is the most recent family member to carry on the tradition. His apprenticeship at CJ Brubacher began in 2020, as he started learning from his ancestors and actively preserving and strengthening the business. 

With his great-great-grandfather Clare as the company’s founder, Zack is proud to continue his family’s legacy and contribute his skills to the success of CJ Brubacher. He will undoubtedly face new challenges and opportunities as he continues his journey. Still, the invaluable knowledge he gains from his apprenticeship will help him overcome them and continue building upon the company’s rich history.

Some of our other newest employees include other family members such as Julie Adams (great-granddaughter of Clare), who started working in the office in 2008, and in 2022, another of Clare’s great-granddaughters, Karyn Fox, joined the company’s office team.  

We are a family business through and through; even those who are not our blood relations are still considered and treated like family. 

Some Things Remain The Same

Over the last 25 years, our company has weathered some major changes in the industry. However, many aspects of our business have remained constant despite these shifts. From maintaining strong relationships with our clients to staying true to our values, our company has stayed grounded despite new developments and technologies. 

We are proud to have withstood the test of time and continue to provide reliable and high-quality services to our valued customers. While the industry may continue to evolve, we remain committed to our core principles and are confident that we will continue to thrive in the years to come.

We couldn’t be more proud of our accomplishments, not just since our 75th anniversary but over the past 100 years. Join us as we celebrate our 100-year anniversary at our milestone event on Saturday, June 10th, from 11am -2pm at Bolender Park in Elmira. We’d love for you and your family to join in all the fun!

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The Story of CJ Brubacher as They Celebrate 100 Years in Business

Our timeline tells a story of innovation, dedication, and growth from our early days as a small local business, to our expansion into new regions. Join us on a journey through the decades, and discover how CJ Brubacher has transformed over the years to become the trusted brand we are today.

Reaching the milestone of 100 years in business is a true testament to a company’s resilience and dedication to its customers. It’s a feat that requires more than just a commitment to quality products or services, as it demands the ability to successfully navigate through economic and industry changes, from technological advancements to shifting customer preferences. 

It takes a long-term vision, a willingness to adapt, and a steadfast focus on customer satisfaction, amongst other qualities. Achieving such a milestone is truly remarkable, as it is a testament to a company’s hard work and dedication to its customers throughout the years. This is why we are so proud of our 100-year anniversary at CJ Brubacher!

Customer Service

Having been in business for over a century, we have learned a thing or two about quality workmanship and exceptional customer service. We understand that our customers have come to rely on us for their needs, whether it’s repairs or new installations. 

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Our experienced technicians use only the best materials and equipment to ensure that every job is done right the first time. We pride ourselves on our commitment to customer satisfaction and strive to provide a personalized experience for each and every one of our valued clients. Our reputation speaks for itself, and we look forward to continuing to serve our community for another hundred years to come.

Our Story

Behind every successful business lies a unique and captivating backstory. Ours is no exception. Our journey toward success has been a long and fruitful one, one that has required extensive dedication, hard work and commitment. 

Over the years, we have strived to adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of the HVAC, plumbing, and electrical world, constantly innovating and reinventing ourselves to remain relevant. As a result, we have made significant strides, achieving impressive milestones along the way. 

From humble beginnings to where we stand today, our story is one of resilience and perseverance, and we couldn’t be prouder of it. So, join us as we take you on a journey through our past and present and show you how we became the successful business we are today.

original cjb buildingClare Brubacher

CJ Brubacher would not exist today if it were not for the dreams of Clare Brubacher. Born in 1891, Clare was an ambitious young man who started his career at Waterloo Manufacturing as a steamfitter then he worked in the plumbing and heating division of M. Weichel and Son in Waterloo prior to enlisting in WW1 in 1916. He was discharged in the spring of 1919 and started working for Simon-Moyer Plumbing in Elmira. 

Realizing his dreams of owning his own business, Clare and fellow coworker Charles Hemmerly bought the company in 1921. After two short years, Clare became the business’s sole owner, showing his true ambition and entrepreneurship. During this transition, Clare changed the company’s name to CJ Brubacher, as it is still known today. 

CJ Brubacher’s Location

CJ Buracher’s original location on Arthur Street in Elmira, Ontario, has a rich history that dates back to 1921. The building, which served as the company’s home for over three decades, faced some challenges in 1951 when it needed to be demolished. However, the resilient company did not let this hinder its operations. Instead, they moved just down the street to a temporary location while reconstructing the new building. This temporary move was a testament to the company’s dedication to providing the best services possible to its customers. 

In 1953, the Brubacher business had the great opportunity to move back into their newly reconstructed building on Arthur Street. After a long and tedious restoration process, the building was once again their own, and they couldn’t have been happier. 

It was a momentous occasion for the entire company, especially Clare Brubacher, who was instrumental in overseeing the rebuilding process. Being able to see his vision come to life was a truly gratifying experience. 

CJB FamilyA Family Affair

In 1949, Clare’s son, Ralph Brubacher, joined his father’s business, CJ Brubacher, starting a journey that would last for decades. Clare taught his son the ins and outs of running a business, including the importance of positively impacting the community. This lesson stuck with Ralph over the years, and in 1965, he took over as the head of CJ Brubacher and incorporated the company.

As time passed, CJ Brubacher remained committed to providing exceptional services while also striving to make a lasting impact on the community, just as Clare had originally imagined. With their focus on quality and community, CJ Brubacher grew to be an institution in the region, a company that people turn to time and time again.

The year 1974 marked an exciting time for CJ Brubacher with the start of Peter Brubacher’s apprenticeship. Peter, the grandson of Clare, was ready to begin learning the ins and outs of the family business. Not long after, his brother James also joined as an apprentice, continuing the family legacy. It’s inspiring to see how the Brubacher family has kept their business thriving for generations, passing on their expertise and values to the next. CJ Brubacher’s dedication to training young talent ensures the continuation of quality service for many years to come.

CJ Brubacher Today

In 1994, James and Peter took the reins of the business and continued to expand it through years of hard work and dedication. Their efforts did not go unnoticed, and their success inspired the next generation. 

In 2004, Kyle Brubacher (Clare’s great-grandson) had the opportunity to follow in James’ and Peter’s footsteps and start his own apprenticeship within CJ Brubacher. With their guidance and mentorship, he was able to learn the ropes of the industry and develop his skills. James and Peter’s legacy lives on through Kyle as he carries on the traditions and values of the business as he acquired full ownership in 2019. 

Zach Brubacher, the great-great-grandson of Clare, is the most recent family member to start his apprenticeship at CJ Brubacher. In 2020 he started his journey to continue the long-time family tradition that his ancestors set. He is currently learning from generations before him and taking part in preserving and strengthening what the business stands for. At CJ Brubacher, his training involves becoming familiar with all aspects of the family-run business to adequately prepare him to become a leader like those who came before. With this apprenticeship, Zach will continue to grow and develop, as well as develop a deep appreciation for the strong values that the company upholds.

Many other family members of the Brubacher family have worked for the company throughout the years. This includes Julie Adams (great-granddaughter of Clare), who started working in office dispatch in 2008. In 2022 another of Clare’s great-granddaughters joined the company’s office team.  

Your Trusted Team

Your Trusted CJB Team

CJ Brubacher Ltd. is the reliable and professional team you can trust for all your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical needs in the Elmira and Waterloo Region. Our family-owned and operated company has stood the test of time and continuously strives to exceed your expectations. 

Our experienced technicians are fully licensed, and our top priority is to provide excellent customer service. We understand the importance of having reliable systems in your home, and that’s why we offer a range of services to ensure that your home is always comfortable and functioning smoothly. 

From simple repairs to complex installations, we have the knowledge and expertise to get the job done right the first time. At CJ Brubacher Ltd., we take pride in our work and always strive to exceed our customers’ expectations.

To learn more about our services, visit our website today!

CJB 100th Anniversary

100 Year Community Event

Our anniversary is not just about marking time, but it’s a celebration of the relationships and connections we’ve established with the community. We look forward to recognizing our 100 years of service and cannot wait to reveal what’s in store for this magnificent occasion. So, mark your calendars and help us celebrate this remarkable achievement.

CJ Brubacher has been a trusted name in plumbing and HVAC services for a century now, expanding into electrical and construction as well. To celebrate this grand occasion, we are hosting a community event that promises to be fun-filled and informative!

Our 100-Year Anniversary event will bring together the local community to join in the festivities and learn more about CJ Brubacher’s services since its inception in 1923. There will be plenty of entertainment for all ages, including games, face painting, food, and giveaways. But that’s not all, as CJ Brubacher specialists will also be present to answer any plumbing,  HVAC, construction or electrical-related questions you may have. So join us for a fun-filled day and discover how CJ Brubacher can help make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient.

Celebrating Our Customers

Achieving a 100-year milestone in business is no small feat. It means that a company has successfully navigated through decades of economic and industry changes while consistently delivering great service to its customers. However, the real secret to this kind of longevity lies in the quality of the customers themselves. After all, their trust and loyalty have allowed the business to build and grow, and that’s why we want to honour them with a one-of-a-kind celebration. At our 100-year anniversary party, we’ll raise a glass to our customers and all that they’ve helped us achieve over the past century.

As an established business for over 100 years, we take pride in the fact that our customers have come to know us for our quality workmanship and exceptional customer service. From day one, we have worked hard to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations, and that commitment has been a driving force for our success. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing the highest level of service and craftsmanship, and we are always looking for ways to improve and grow. With CJ Brubacher, you can trust that you are in good hands, and we look forward to continuing to serve our community for many years to come.

Original CJB BuildingHonouring Our History

As we prepare to celebrate our 100-year anniversary, we reflect on the journey that has led us to where we are today. The success and growth of CJ Brubacher would not have been possible without countless individuals’ hard work, dedication and determination over the years. Our anniversary event is not just about celebration; it is a time to pay tribute to those who have shaped our company into what it is today. 

It is a time to honour their legacies and to inspire the next generation of CJ Brubacher leaders to continue building upon what has been achieved in the last 100 years. Join us as we look back on a century of growth, innovation and community and celebrate the bright future that lies ahead.

Clare Brubacher

Founder Clare Brubacher purchased the company in 1921 with fellow coworker Charles Hemmerly after working in the plumbing and heating division of M. Weichel and Son in Waterloo during WW1. Clare became the business’s sole owner in just two years and quickly grew the business, employing many workers who helped CJ Brubacher become what it is today. 

One such employee was Clarence Moyer, who joined the company even before Clare had taken proprietorship in 1919. Clarence remained a loyal and valued employee until his retirement in the mid ‘60s. 

Clare’s son, Ralph Brubacher, started working for his father at CJ Brubacher in 1949 and ended up taking over the company in 1965. Clare taught Ralph everything he knew about running a business, including that success is based on your performance in the community. This is why CJ Brubacher strives to provide quality services and make a lasting impact on the community.  

Throughout the next couple of decades, CJ Brubacher remained in the family as James and Peter (grandsons of Clare) completed their apprenticeships and took over the company. Finally, in 2019, Kyle Brubacher Clare’s great-grandson) acquired the business and continues to own it today. 

Join Us At The Event!

Join us for a special event as we celebrate 100-years in this community! To commemorate this milestone, we’ve planned a free community event where there will be tons of prizes, free games, hot dogs, face painting, and lots more. This is our way of saying thanks to the community for supporting us these past 100 years.

The free community event will take place on Saturday June 10th, from 11am-2pm at Bolender Park in Elmira. We’d love for you and your family to join in all the fun! Join our Facebook event to stay up to date with all the exciting plans. Arrive early as the first 100 attendees to check in at our welcome booth will receive a gift bag full of goodies!

We can’t wait to see you and your family at the event as we celebrate 100 years!

Facebook event link: https://fb.me/e/3is1rzTHp