So many businesses come and go today. Few have the staying power to be in operation for more than half a century, especially a mom and pop business in a rural town. Often times these businesses are forced to close due to large corporations that can provide cheaper products and cheaper labor. E. H. Marsh may have found the secret to longevity.
E. H. Marsh was a refrigeration company that opened in South Pittsburg in 1947 by Ed and Faye Marsh. In addition to their refrigeration service they also sold wiring and plumbing material, then later began selling appliances. Later on, Mr. Marsh found the niche his community needed. His business turned strictly into a HVAC company.
Mr. Marsh was a pioneer of his day. He got his start in the electrical field as a young boy before venturing into HVAC. Mr. Marsh brought the first heat pump to this area as well as the first electronic filter. Throughout the opening and operation of his business, Mr. Marsh stayed active in community affairs as treasurer of the South Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce and of the Business Men’s Association.
Mr. & Mrs. Marsh sold the business to their daughter Doris Marsh Durham and her husband Tommy in 1976. Doris worked for the company until 2003. Tommy had originally gone to work for his father-n-law in 1960. In 1986 the company became incorporated and grandsons Sam and Mike Durham became officers of the corporation. Both grandsons had been working in the business since they were old enough to do so. In 2002 the business was transferred to both Sam and Mike. In 2012, Sam’s wife Debbie also started working in the business full-time.
Sam and Mike both feel that their service and loyalty to their customers and their community is the reason for their success.