96 Years and Counting
Since 1920, we’ve been here to take care of your heating and plumbing needs.
It was the year 1920 when Vearl Manwill first began his travels through the towns of central and northern Utah. He prepared his horse, packed only a meager collection of tools, some carbide lights, a pile of pipe, and set out on a journey that would lead him to a number of farmhouses to install “modern” carbide lanterns and piping. Vearl was an innovator above all, and the installations he was involved in were part of the first indoor lighting system in history. After many years Vearl decided to make a home in Salt Lake City and later opened up a plumbing shop in his garage on 2700 South.
It wasn’t until 1943 that Vearl Manwill would open up his first showroom on 365 East and 300 South in Salt Lake City. During that time period it was impossible to receive a loan for a shop selling strictly plumbing and heating appliances, so Vearl was forced to vend other goods in his store, including jewelry. Vearl knew how to work hard and he also knew how to attract a crowd. Soon after he opened up his showroom Vearl bought one of the first television sets in Salt Lake City. Though the TV set only featured black and white pictures, it became the talk of the town and attracted hordes of people to the new showroom. In time, Vearl no longer needed to sell jewelry and other appliances and was free to sell what he did best—plumbing and heating goods.
In the 1950’s Vearl’s son James took over the business and added upon the traditional heating and plumbing that made the Manwill name famous. In addition to heating and plumbing service, Manwill made air conditioning and excavating a key part of their business. The expansion also created an opportunity to move to their present location on 3900 South in 1964. The majority of residential and light commercial heating and plumbing jobs were contracted by Manwill in the period following the expansion. Even today it’s not rare for people to find a Manwill sticker on their furnace or water heater.
JIM MANWILL (THIRD GENERATION)
Like his father and his grandfather before him, Jim learned all there is to know about plumbing and heating as he grew up helping the family business. Jim spent his early days in the business doing the grunt work which included: digging trenches, sweeping floors and stocking shelves. By the time Jim was 18 years old he was installing plumbing and heating systems in new homes. Later he performed service and repair of HVAC equipment and soon went into sales and management. When 1996 rolled around Jim decided to purchase the family business. Currently Jim manages more than 40 employees who focus on providing the highest quality customer service and customer satisfaction in the heating and plumbing industry. Jim received the “Circle of Excellence” award in 2008, a recognition given to the best 25 contractors in North America and Canada. He has also received the Best of State for five years consecutively, from 2011 to 2015.
BRIAN JACKSON (FOURTH GENERATION)
Brian Jackson (Jim’s nephew and fourth generation) assists in Manwill’s day-to-day operations and work as the company’s installation manager. Brian also grew up in the business performing all aspects of plumbing and heating. Brian is hard-working, ambitious, and we expect him to climb the ranks and achieve a higher position in the company in the near future.
Together our company managers are excited to continually offer exceptional service and maintain the reputation of Manwill.