WARE started in 1952 as Ivan Ware & Son, a residential air conditioning and heating company. Its founder, Ivan Ware, was a former oil burner serviceman for a local oil company. In 1971 under his leadership, the company expanded after listening to his son, Richard Ware, to include a boiler rental business, becoming the first company in the area to provide handling, supervising, installation, start-up and operational services at the customer’s request. By 1973 the company was the largest of its kind in the Louisville area. In 1975 Ivan Ware retired due to health reasons, but continued to serve as an advisor to the business.
Richard Ware and Kit Moore, Ivan’s children, then took over the business and continued to pour the family philosophy of servicing their customers better than anyone else in the business. Their vision and tireless hours of work continued to build a solid foundation for what WARE is today and what it will be in the future.
Today Richard Ware is still President, and the company is run by his sons Ritchie and Daniel Ware and his son-in-law Brent Falcone. Since 1995 the company has expanded its offices and has grown into one of the largest and most extensive service companies in the southeast. With just over 90 employees, WARE now services five states including Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama and is one of the top boiler and chiller rental businesses in the United States.
WARE still sells new boiler equipment as well as rebuilding and marketing used boilers and chillers to potential customers. The company’s Service Department maintains the boiler rental and chiller rental equipment and its commercial and industrial customers. The Parts Department is equipped with over 10,000 boiler parts in stock for internal shop and service, and maintains inventory to support outside sales. Among the portable equipment available for rent are boilers built inside semi-trailers, boilers mounted on low-boy trailers, boiler room equipment sent out on skid, as well as rental chillers. WARE has provided emergency services to customers nationwide with temporary steam, hot water and cooling for power, heat, comfort and processing. It is recognized as one of the leaders in the industry.
In 2003 WARE purchased “The Valve Shop” and can now offer its customers new, reconditioned and surplus valves. The Valve Shop also offers on site testing for their customers with its mobile valve shop business. This move has given WARE just one more leg up on its competitors to be the single source for all their hot and cold needs.