Most people may not have heard of this century-old Lubbock family business, but nearly everyone in the Hub City has benefited from their work. With several Texas Tech facilities, University Medical Center and Covenant Medical Centers, Citizens Tower and the Avalanche-Journal on their client list, the fourth-generation company has had a hand in the city’s most prominent businesses.
Anthony Mechanical Services, Inc., 525 E 40th St., began in Lubbock in 1924 as a commercial plumbing supply and repair company, and has since expanded into HVAC services. John and Mark Anthony, father and son, are the third and fourth generation operators of the family business.
“It’s a lot of work and of course there’s pressure to not be the one to let it fail, but I’m very lucky and blessed to have this amazing opportunity,” said Matthew Anthony, the company’s president. “I’m grateful for the people who came before me and I’m excited for the future.”
Over 100 years of business, their company has installed and maintained plumbing and AC/heating infrastructure in many businesses. Some of the highlights include:
- Texas Tech, including maintenance of Jones AT&T Stadium’s HVAC systems around and during game days.
- The former Sears building, which was their first “big refrigerator job” in Lubbock.
- Lubbock Avalanche-Journal building in downtown.
- UMC Health System, including the newest UMC Health and Wellness Building on Slide Street.
- Covenant Medical Center, when it was known as Methodist Hospital.
- Lubbock County Jail, which was their biggest mechanical job.
- ClayDesta Buildings in Midland.
- Midland Memorial Hospital.
- The Potter County Courthouse in Amarillo recently concluded.
- He currently works in the New Deal ISD building.
“It’s a great sense of pride to drive by and see the buildings we’re a part of,” Matthew Anthony said. “We take care of some very beautiful buildings. The fact that we’re able to do that, and people don’t even know. We’re invisible, and that’s really cool.”
People can contact the Lubbock office at 806-765-7373.
Four generations of Lubbock operations began in 1924
“We don’t do housing, so we don’t really do any advertising at all,” John Anthony said. “We’re probably a little hidden secret.”
JF Anthony, who was known as Doc, started Anthony Plumbing in Lubbock in 1924. Doc previously worked as a steam mechanic for the Santa Fe Railroad in Amarillo and Denver. His father, JB Anthony, who had worked in windmills around Silverton, joined Doc and helped start the business.
In the 1930s and 1940s, Doc served on committees that wrote codes for plumbing and gas piping.
In 1946, Doc’s son William Anthony, who went by Bill, began working for the company. One project that occurred under Bill’s watch was the Sears-Roebuck building, which was one of the earliest large refrigerator stores in Lubbock in 1947.
Doc passed the business to his son, William (Bill) Anthony in 1952. Bill would go on to see the business boom. In 1967, the company became Anthony Mechanical Inc. and moved to their current location on 40th Street.
During the late 1970s, the company took over the Rountree Company and part of the OW Chisum Company. Anthony Mechanical worked on water and wastewater treatment, utility projects at Borger and had a mechanical service branch in Midland. These additional services were closed in the early 80s.
In 1982, the family branched out into HVAC services with Linc, an HVAC franchise with more than 150 locations worldwide. John Anthony, Bill’s son, joined the family business in 1987.
“We’ve certainly seen good times and we’ve certainly seen bad times,” John Anthony said. “It’s hard for a business to last even a second or third generation, much less a fourth. So, we feel very fortunate to be in the position we are in the community.”
Anthony Mechanical Services has since added Linc offices in Abilene, Midland and San Angelo. Linc offices do preventive maintenance and emergency repairs.
“We work with our customers to reduce the costs of owning and operating their buildings and make their systems run more efficiently,” said Matthew Anthony. “We leave the big installation jobs to Anthony Mechanical.”
Some of the clients for the service side include the Permian Basin oil field offices and Texas Tech’s Jones AT&T Stadium.
“We have somebody (at the stadium) three hours before the game to make sure everything is working properly,” Matthew Anthony said. “Then we have three people there the whole game, so if something breaks in the middle of the game, we’re there to fix it. And then one is there for an hour and a half after the game to make sure nothing perish and not perish. reported.”
Matthew Anthony also has an eye on the future of the industry.
“The reality is that heating and air conditioning have been very similar for the last 20 years,” Matthew Anthony said. “There’s always room for improvement. On the service side, we’re looking at how we can use AI to help make buildings more efficient, maybe even predict failures before they happen.”
The Anthony family also has a legacy in the Mechanical Contractors Association of America. John Anthony is the current president of the Texas region, a position previously held by his brother, Will, and his father, Bill.
How does a company last 100 years? Relationships and quality.
The importance of relationships has been a key factor for Anthony Mechanical. Whether it’s with their employees, the community or customers, the family recognizes that good relationships allow them to thrive.
“We’re relationship people,” John Anthony said. “You have to be able to have those relationships in the community and your work. Once you develop those relationships, I think they go from generation to generation.”
Matthew Anthony discovered evidence of that generational support. John Anthony sold maintenance contracts when he first started with the company in 1982. Some of those contracts are still active.
“It’s mutually beneficial,” Matthew Anthony said. “We take care of them, they take care of us. At the end of the day, it’s good for everybody. You say what you’re going to do and then you do what you said you’re going to do. That’s what it comes down to. me.”
John and Matthew Anthony agreed that priority no. 1 for companies that want to last a long time should be their employees.
“When my father started the mechanical side of the business out of our home, he hired some people he could trust, and you have to have that,” John Anthony said. “You have to have employees you can build and you have to take care of them.”
A commitment to maintaining a quality product is another cornerstone of their business.
“There are no real shortcuts either,” said John Anthony. “If you go out and look at some of the work we’ve done, look at the ceilings or the gutters, it’s a good quality job that will last. When you can do that, that’s a big part of why we’ve stayed in business as long as we did.”