A company founded on integrity and professionalism, Flader Plumbing & Heating Co. has served Chicago’s North Shore community for over 95 years
Founder: Gottfried William Flader founded Fred Flader Plumbing & Heating in 1918. His first office was located at 1922 Central Street, Evanton. In 1920, Fred Flader Plumbing moved to 1918 Harrison Street and fifty years later, moved to its current location, 3004 Central Street.
Family Ownership: Calvin Flader, Fred’s son, became owner of Flader Plumbing & Heating in 1962, retired in 1976, and remained a consultant until 1985. His two sons took over the business upon his retirement. Then, William (3rd generation) and his son, Douglas (4th generation) continued the legacy of the business. Jack (5th generation), another hard working Flader, will hopefully follow in the footsteps of his grandfather William and father Douglas.
The Early Years: Fred worked as a plumbers helper for several years. He decided to become a professional plumber, was schooled and licensed, and later started his own business. Fred Flader Plumbing was one of the few companies to remain open during the depression, serving the North Shore, building a strong reputation and establishing a large customer base.
In the March 1940’s issue of Fortune Magazine, Fred Flader Plumbing & Heating was one of “The 15,000” nationwide plumbers servicing homeowners and light commercial properties.
Family Values: When Calvin took over the business from his father, he remembered how hard they worked to make ends meet during the depression. Consequently, he brought that same hard work philosophy and watch your “pennies” attitude to the business to pursue his dream of high standards, strong work ethics, pride, and customer satisfaction. He succeeded and shared this philosophy with his sons knowing they would be successful too.
Chicago Area Operations: Flader Plumbing & Heating built a trusted and honest reputation on the North Shore since 1918. We opened two branch offices in Lake County – Vernon Hills in 1990 and Round Lake in 2000.
Diversification: In 2012, we opened a brand new company called Flader Mechanical Corporation that will service residential and commercial HVAC customers for many years to come.
With Flader Plumbing and Flader Mechanical you will be treated as family. Our commitment to honesty, hard work, and customer satisfaction will continue being the foundation of good business practices for our customers and all Flader Professionals.