A Brief History of H.E. Neumann Company

The H.E. Neumann Company was founded on April 1, 1924, by Henry E. Neumann, a journeyman plumber. He set up shop in the old T. A. Little Plumbing Shop on the east side of Market Street, and began by accepting small plumbing contract jobs.

The venture obtained its first major contract when Ritchie School was built in South Wheeling. By the late 1920s the H.E. Neumann Company was working on such major projects as the Capital Theatre, the Fokker Aircraft Plant in Glen Dale, the El Villa Apartments, the South Penn Oil Company, and many others. As growth continued, the firm's operations were diversified and it began the installation of industrial piping systems and municipal water systems. In 1936, the H.E. Neumann Company was incorporated under the laws of West Virginia. Henry E. Neumann became the first president and director.

The late 1930s saw a new field opening in the industry-air conditioning. Air conditioning soon became a large part of the firm's business. H.E. Neumann passed away on September 23, 1943; Herbert C. Wagenheim became president. The firm felt keenly the loss of its founder but continued to grow, and when the post-World War II construction boom hit Wheeling the H.E. Neumann Company was ready. In 1949, it moved to offices at 92-16th Street.

Under the leadership of its officers and employees, what began in 1924 as a sole proprietorship specializing in small residential and commercial construction now encompasses the entire spectrum of building projects. The H.E. Neumann Company truly is a leader in the industry, and looks forward to continuing as part of the Wheeling area's growth and development.

H.E. Neumann Co. has an 90 year history of mechanical construction excellence in the Ohio Valley - Tri-State area. Now expanded throughout the state of West Virginia, H.E. Neumann has the in-house resources and expertise to satisfy all of our clients' mechanical construction and service needs.

H.E. Neumann Co. is committed to providing the very best value to every customer's construction project needs. Our goal is the highest quality installation and on-time completion, both provided within the customer's budget and facility constraints.


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