Bishop Heating and Air Conditioning serves the Muskegon, Holland, Grand Haven, Whitehall/Montague, Hart, Fremont, Coopersville and Grand Rapids areas. We have been providing quality service and installation for residential and commercial customers since 1948. Stop by our showroom to see our top of the line Carrier products, pick up literature, replacement parts and filters or make an appointment. Offering an ever-expanding range of services, our friendly staff can assist you with your heating/cooling questions, needs or problems. We carry thousands of parts and filters for most models. If we do not have it in stock, we’ll gladly order it for you. If you are having trouble with your HVAC Equipment, you may reach us at (231) 773-6857 or (616) 847-9999.
In 1947, I quit my job at Brunswick Corporation and went to work installing furnaces for my brother John at Gibson Sheet Metal. A year later, Harry (Gibson) wanted more money coming in, and John was having trouble with stiff competition. John did, however, sell a furnace to a lady who agreed to put one-third of the cost of her installation down immediately. With those funds, Bishop Heating and Air Conditioning was opened on July 15, 1948. Once National Gas opened up in 1949, we were busy selling gas conversion burners and furnaces. With this profit, we bought some machinery and opened up a shop in our basement. We would assemble the duct in our basement, and cut the sheet metal in our garage with a four-foot shear. Our son Greg was born that year, and had to endure lots of noise coming from the workshop. He could sleep anywhere after that! In 1952, we moved the business into a grocery store at 1150 Evanston Avenue. The owner of the grocery store sold it in 1957. Because of this, we moved to a lot we had bought at 1073 Evanston Avenue and had Vandonkelaar Construction build us a 45X48 building. Years later, we built an addition to the building. In 1958, John wanted out of the company so my wife Dee and I bought him out. Dee joined the company full-time and started handling the books and a lot of the hard work, all without being paid. Because of this, we were able to show more profit and all employees made a decent wage. In 1973, we incorporated as Bishop Heating and Air Conditioning. Our son Dave came back to the company after serving in the Navy, and Greg came back in 1973. Both had worked for the company while growing up, so they were knowledgeable and a great asset to have. Because of them, we were able to expand and bid larger jobs. They learned to do more and more estimates, which allowed me to retire when I hit 60. On January 1, 1984 Dave and Greg officially took over the business. In 1986, they moved from a 3,500 square foot facility to a 10,000 square foot facility. Bishop Heating and Air Conditioning continued to grow, eventually reaching 52 employees and expanding commercial job offerings. In 1997, they built the company’s current building at 2150 E. Laketon Avenue, giving them 30,000 more square feet. In 1999, Greg retired due to his multiple sclerosis and Dave continued running the company. In 2015, Dave sold the company to an employee of 30+ years, Daniel Steilen.