It’s no secret how E.M. Company in Southport has grown from a humble beginning 50 years ago into a multi-million dollar business at the same location in Southport. “We are a work family,” co-owner Greg Schaub said. “We’re also different. Personal service is our biggest asset; the only reason we have been here for 50 years is because of customers and the service our employees provide them.”
Their sons Paul (president) and Patrick (vice president) add to the family’s legacy as well as extended family. They grew up at E.M. “I don’t want to know any different (job) than working here,” Paul Schaub said. “I love everybody who falls into this great family environment.”
Greg Schaub and wife Peggy purchased the company in April 1985 from Rocky Rockwell, who founded the commercial electrical and mechanical company on Feb. 24, 1969. He had worked for the firm since May 1973 and was named as director of operations in 1983. The company did $432,00 of business in its first year under the Schaub’s ownership.
Today, E.M. Company is a multi-faceted business that offers commercial electrical, mechanical, heating and cooling systems, plumbing, kitchen equipment, refrigeration, controls, and structured cabling plus bucket truck, emergency and professional design/build services.
E.M. also has CAD services and project management from start to finish. Also starting with a handful of employees, E.M. has grown to 55 employees with an astounding 592 years of service. The loyalty of its employees and business customers is unheard of throughout the very competitive mechanical and electrical service industry.
“We work in Southport,” Greg said proudly. “Our six blocks here on Southport Road have always been important.”
So it was that Friday, the Schaubs gathered employees and longtime business clients to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The company was honored with proclamations from the mayors of Southport and Indianapolis for its success not only in a service industry but for its support of community churches, Little Leagues, and civic events. Several artifacts were on display for employees and guests to look through: E.M.’s first payroll books, first clients and jobs books and photo books of several job locations, including Burger Chef, now Hardee’s, where E.M. built or serviced its 82 sites from 1969 through 1971.
Southport Mayor Russell McClure and Southport Police Chief Thomas Vaughn were among special guests. Greg Schaub acknowledged several longtime clients, including Townsend Business Forms for 43 years, Hook’s Drugs/CVS for 38 years and Burger Chef/Hardee’s for five decades. Among their latest projects are improved lighting for the Colts training complex, multiple installations at Market District/Giant Eagle in Carmel, HVAC at Robin Run Village, and chiller system at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse plus Fresh Thyme on the Southside, Kroger’s and Home Depot.
“I’m proud and humbled,” Greg said in front of employees and guests Friday. While tearing up, he added, “Awesome … you understand what it means for service.” And that explains why the company’s motto is: “The Symbol of Service since 1969.” For complete company info, visit: www.em-company.com.