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There Will Always Be a Need for Plumbing

Published Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hanna Plumbing and Heating embraces the tagline: A family-owned, full-service plumbing, and HVAC Contractor. “There’s nothing more rewarding than having a business you started from nothing grow into something successful with your family around,” said Hanna Plumbing and Heating Vice President Tim Hanna. Tim and his wife Vicki started the business over 15 years ago. Tim and Vicki have three children, two of which now work for the family business.

Rob Hanna pursued a degree in accounting and worked in a corporate environment for several years in the Quad Cities before feeling the nudge to move his young family closer to home. “My dad was always talking about me coming back and helping to run the business, so about five years ago we made the decision to return,” said Rob. Rob now helps to run the commercial bidding work as well as the financial forecasting for Hanna Plumbing and Heating. In fact, the company has been on the Corridor Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Company list for the past three years due to Rob’s leadership.

To gain a deeper insight into the industry, Rob is currently finishing the Local 125 Plumbers and Pipefitters of East Central Iowa apprenticeship program. “There will always be a need for plumbing,” said Rob of his decision to make a career change. The Union provides all training and even continuing education training that is required. “People used to look at the trades as strong backs and weak minds but now we need the strongest minds,” noted Tim Hanna.  “We are always happy to have students in right out of high school that have the mechanical aptitude and can go to work as a helper while they are going through the apprenticeship program.”

Rob isn’t the only one making the family business a life long career. Daughter Jenny manages the Service department. The key to working alongside your family? “We stay in our own lanes, stay busy and help each other out,” said Rob as he reflected on his years back in his hometown.

More than half of all Iowa jobs are for middle-skilled workers (jobs that require some level of training and certification), but only one-third of Iowa workers are prepared to fill those positions, leaving a skills gap that spans multiple industries. Consider checking into the trades and learning what a future in this industry might look like for your students and children.

Community Promise connects students with real careers. Students and parents both can learn more by visiting CommunityPromise.org. Here you will find several resources to learn about our business partners and unique careers that you might not even know exist in our community. Check it out and tell us how we can help you take the next step.

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