When Debbi and Dave Waldenberg started their own business, they wanted to create a one-stop shop for homeowners. Instead of letting customers go to different contractors, the Waldenbergs brought several services under one roof. Their success with Central Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical was recognized in November 2018 when Debbi and Dave were named the Kalispell Area Chamber of Commerce’s Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year winners. Winners are nominated by Kalispell Chamber members and selected by the previous recipients.
Central Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical serves Whitefish, Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Bigfork, Lakeside, Polson and other towns in the Flathead Valley. Besides running their business, the Walden-bergs have been involved with various nonprofits over the years.
According a press release from the Kalispell Chamber, one nominator said the Waldenbergs have turned their business into, “one of the most successful in the area by focusing on hiring good employees and providing them with the equipment, training, and mentoring to ensure outstanding customer service and satisfaction.”
Dave’s family history in the industry goes back to Great Falls and the 1940s. In 1946, Dave’s grandfather, Louis J. Waldenberg, began Central Heating and Plumbing. Central became a part of the name because the original store was started on Central Avenue in Great Falls.
During the 1950s and ‘60s, Dave’s father helped expand the company into new areas like commercial plumbing and heating. After Dave graduated from Montana State University in 1983, he joined the family business and acquired his journeyman and masters plumbing licenses. Dave worked in a variety roles with the company, including president of the company, before he sold his interests in 2002 to start a service and retrofit company with Debbi.
In 2006, the Waldenbergs decided to stop vacationing in the Flathead Valley and moved to Kalispell. In Kalispell, the duo purchased Central, Heating & Cooling. In 2010, the company added plumbing and electrical services and become Central Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical.
“I have the pleasure of working with my wife and son, Matthew, on a daily basis,” Dave said. “ Family businesses are the backbone of the business world and will continue in the future. I take great pride in working for the betterment of our family and our team, along with this beautiful valley and community we live in.”
While Dave has the hands-on-background with the business, Debbi runs the front of the house and their onsite call center. Debbi makes sure day-to-day operations run smoothly and that employees get sent to the correct jobs.
How do the Waldenbergs stay at the top of their game? By lots and lots of training. Debbi said every day there are morning huddles, and on Wednesdays there is technical training. The Waldenbergs have invested in building their own training center on site.But their dedication to training their employees has spread to areas outside their business.
“Dave and Debbi have maintained a commitment to education not just in their community by providing employees with continued training and leadership opportunities, but were instrumental in the development of Flathead Valley Community College’s HVAC certificate program,” said the Kalispell Chamber in a press release. “The program now provides men and women the train-ing needed to have access to careers that offer a safe working environment and livable wages.”
Debbi and Dave have continued the family business tradition today. Besides the two parents, the oldest Waldenberg son also works at Central Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical. While there are ups and downs, Debbi said it’s been a positive experience keeping it a family business.
“This award took us both by surprise, a lot of thought went in to presenting this to us together,” Debbi said. “Both Dave and I come to work everyday to enhance the overall growth of our company and for the men and women who work at Central, without them and our customers, there would not be the Central it is today. We have so much gratitude for everyone.”
To read the article on the Montana Chamber of Commerce website, go to: https://www.montanachamber.com/waldenberg-businessman-businesswoman/
For Immediate Release
October 20, 2016
Contact: Trinity Clark
Ph: (406) 756-6656
Central Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical is Providing Support to the
Save A Sister™ Initiative
Kalispell, MT – Central Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical, is providing support to the Save A Sister™ initiative to help raise money to promote breast cancer awareness, educate the community and improve women’s access to screening mammography.
“From October 23rd thru October 29th 2016, Central will be donating 1% of all service sales to this worthy cause and our service techs will be asking customers if they would like to make a donation”, states Debbi Waldenberg, president of Central.
“Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. But millions of women are surviving the disease thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same,” she concludes.
Save a Sister is a Flathead Valley community volunteer effort coordinated with help from Kalispell Regional Healthcare, North Valley Hospital, and the Flathead City-County Health Department to promote breast cancer awareness and prevention and to raise funds to support education and post-operative durable goods that are not paid by insurance. All funds stay in the local area. Call 751-7524 for more information.
Central Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical has been voted the “2016 Best of Flathead” two years in a row and is a family-owned company that provides heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical and drain cleaning sales, service and installation for residential and commercial customers throughout the greater Flathead Valley, to include emergency service 24/7. For more information call 756-6656 or visit the web at www.centralmt.com or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/centralmt.
For Immediate Release
September 9, 2015
Kalispell, MT – Central Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical is sponsoring the Riveting Rosie’s and participating in this year’s upcoming Fourth Annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival held on Flathead Lake in Lakeside, September 12th and 13th, 2015.
Racing for the second year, the Riveting Rosie’s dragon boat team is a group of Flathead Valley Mom’s digging in their paddles to raise money for Save a SisterTM. This breast cancer awareness initiative is an alliance among Kalispell Regional Healthcare, North Valley Hospital and the Flathead City-County Health Department. The collaborative goals are to promote breast cancer awareness by providing funds to improve women’s understanding, access for mammography screening, distribute educational materials and provide post-operative goods that are often not covered my medical insurance.
“We have all experienced a friend or family member that has battled breast cancer,” states Debbi Waldenberg, president of Central. “Sponsoring Riveting Rosie’s dragon boat team and participating in this year’s race, is an exciting and fun cultural event for Central to join in and help promote community awareness and support this worthy cause.”
The Montana Dragon Boat Festival is one of the top 10 largest such festival in the nation. The sport itself, is the eighth fastest growing sport in the world.
Central is a family-owned company that provides heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical sales, service and installation for residential and commercial customers throughout the greater Flathead Valley including emergency service 24/7. For more information call 756-6656 or visit the web at www.centralmt.com or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/centralmt.
For Immediate Release
May 4, 2015
Your heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service call can help save you money and promote energy efficiency.
Kalispell, MT – Many homeowners still don’t realize how much energy they waste on a daily basis. Much of the energy consumed in the United States is wasted through distribution, loss of heat and inefficient technology. Central Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical promotes the most cost effective and efficient ways to combat this problem and reduce energy costs for residential and business customers.
“Energy efficiency plays a role in almost every aspect of our trade.” States Debbi Waldenberg, president of Central. “Our team receives consistent technical training, safety training and continuing education from national organizations to make sure everyone at Central is at the forefront of our industry and always current on the latest innovations, developments, rebates and energy efficient technology.”
As an added benefit to their customers, Central offers the Comfort Care Program to ensure consistent efficiency. As a Comfort Care Program member the customer enjoys priority status with Central and peace of mind in knowing that the heating and cooling equipment in their home is maintained and inspected two times a year to ensure that it is running at peak efficiency and safety.
Other benefits include:
Central is a family-owned and operated company that provides heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical sales, service and installation for residential and commercial customers throughout the greater Flathead Valley including emergency service 24/7. For more information about the Comfort Care Program and energy saving tips call 756-6656 or visit the web at www.centralmt.com or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/centralmt for up to date news and energy saving tips.