John Betlem Heating & Cooling has completed a merger in which the 74-year-old company acquired the assets of Lang Heating & Cooling.
Lang, which was headquartered in Webster and had a branch office in Canandaigua, was 67 years old.
Kathy Betlem, vice president and general manager of John Betlem, said the merger was seamless and the name is the only difference that customers will notice. Most Lang employees are now employees of John Betlem Heating & Cooling and Lang vehicles are being “wrapped” in John Betlem graphics.
Lang owner Steve Stanton said he and his family are joining relatives living in Florida year round. “However,” he added, “I wanted to merge the company with one that would take good care of our employees and customers. I have known the Betlem family for a long time. The company is in its third generation of family management, and I have admired the way they run their business.”
Stanton notes John Betlem’s size allows it to offer training, technology, including in-field credit/debit card processing, home energy performance and customer service on a level that a smaller company cannot offer.
Kathy Betlem said joining forces with other heating, ventilation and air conditioning companies is part of John Betlem’s plan for growth and that Lang’s professional staff and commitment to customer service made it a perfect fit.
John Betlem Heating & Cooling was established by the late John Betlem in 1941. His son Robert owns the company. Four of Robert’s children and two cousins, led by Robert’s daughter, Kathy Betlem, form the company’s management team.
The company is servicing Lang customers from its headquarters at 898 S. Clinton Ave. in Rochester. The facility includes a training center, showroom, fabrication shop and administrative offices.