Sonoma County HVAC contractor plans sizable growth

JW Hanson Heating & Air takes a big step from just a garage business.

Founded in 2005, the Santa Rosa-based heating, ventilation and air conditioning services, repair, retrofit and installation company has operated from a 930 square foot industrial condominium at 3200 Dutton Ave., Unit 225.

Then, on January 6, founding couple James and Kimberly Hanson purchased the 26,156 square foot former Bergy Door & Window facility at 3999 Santa Rosa Ave. for $2.65 million, according to public records and the Bay Area Development Company, one of the funders.

According to the announcement, a showroom, storage space, office space and a parking lot for vehicles are planned for the new location. The Hansons could not be reached for comment.

The Santa Rosa Avenue sale comes a few weeks after the nearly 70-year-old Bergy Door company conducted a liquidation sale of its trucks, trailers, woodworking equipment, tools, inventory of doors and windows, and storage and office supplies, according to a press release on the auction .

“We really appreciate serving Sonoma County since 1953 and since 2007. Personally, I have enjoyed working with all my customers and suppliers over my 29 years in the door and window industry and I will miss them all,” said Gregory Soos, owner of Bergy Door & Window Company, in the auction announcement. “It was a very difficult decision and I wish everyone the very best. I will truly miss serving Sonoma County and helping others with my years of knowledge in this industry.”

Bergy Door founder Harold Bergstrom came to Santa Rosa in 1948 and worked as a carpenter hanging doors on construction sites before starting his own business five years later, according to the auction announcement. Soos bought the company from Bergstrom’s son. Health problems in Soos’ family have led to the liquidation of the company since the beginning of last year.

Demi Basiliades of Keegan & Coppin Co. Inc. represented the Hanson trust in the purchase of Santa Rosa in 3999. Kevin Doran, also of Keegan & Coppin, represented the seller, G&L Santa Rosa LLC, led by Gregory Soos.

Walnut Creek-based Small Business Administration financing firm Bay Area Development Company partnered with Lincoln Capital Management and Harvest Commercial Capital to fund the SBA 504 program.

Jeff Quackenbush is involved in wine, construction and real estate. Before joining Business Journal in 1999, he wrote for the Bay City News Service in San Francisco. Reach him at jquackenbush@busjrnl.com or 707-521-4256.

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