Patriotism is important at Greiner Heating & Air, whose employees wear Blue Star patches on their sleeves in honor of two co-workers — Derek Miller and Bobby Castillo — who are serving in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo illustration

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Greiner Heating & Air

By From page AF5 | July 22, 2012

“We started with one truck and $500,” said Patty Greiner, owner of Greiner Heating & Air.

Since the company opened in 1991, Greiner Heating & Air has been providing quality residential service and replacement for homes in Yolo County.

A lot of the company’s strength comes from Greiner, a retired nurse who used to work at the company during the day while being a nurse at night — not to mention raising two boys.

Her sons grew up in the business. Eric, 26, is in Iraq installing air conditioners for a private contractor. Greiner’s oldest son, Hans, is enrolled at UTI Automotive in Sacramento and plans to do truck maintenance for the company.

Patty took over the business in 2004 after her divorce from Jon Greiner. She met David Krueger a few years later and he acquired plumbing, insulation and solar licenses for Greiner Heating & Air.

The company is one of the few contractors in Yolo County involved in Energy Upgrade California, Krueger said. It’s a state program that encourages home improvement projects to lower energy use and conserve water and natural resources.

“Instead of replacing heating and air, we look at how well the house is insulated,” Krueger said. “We’ve done homes where we’ve saved customers 30 to 40 percent of annual energy savings.”

Greiner Heating & Air also has great respect for its employees who are veterans. The sleeves on all of the uniforms are adorned with a Blue Star patch to commemorate two of the company employees who are serving in Afghanistan, Derek Miller and Bobby Castillo.

Last year, Greiner Heating & Air received the Patriotic Employer Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

There are more than 30 employees at the company, and all of them are family, Greiner said.

Dennis Logan,  installation manager, is the first person Greiner hired. He still works for the company along with many other longtime employees.

“You don’t see that too often in this industry,” Krueger said.

During the recession, Greiner’s goal was not to lose any employees. She met that goal and continues to stand by her extended family .

Dominick Costabile

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