From Refrigeration Repair to Process and Industrial: Haberberger Celebrates 76 Years

May 13, 2024|

In 1948, Frank Haberberger started a refrigeration repair business in the basement of his home in Affton, Mo. In its beginning, the company was known for heating and cooling repair for mom and pop businesses such as corner grocery stores, butcher shops, confectionary stores and bakeries.

While Haberberger Inc. has grown exponentially since then, the company still calls South (St. Louis) County home, celebrating four generations of Haberberger ownership and success.

Frank’s son, Joe F., joined the company after completing service in the Marines in the late 1950s. Around 1960, Haberberger Inc. became signatory with US Local 562 and as commercial heating and cooling systems gained popularity, the mechanical contractor expanded its client list to include schools, churches and commercial buildings. The company’s first pipefitter was Ervie Konert, Frank’s brother-in-law. Father and son wound up working alongside each other until 1973, when Frank retired.

During the early 1970s, Joe F.  brought on John Lissant as partner. Lissant is credited for moving the firm to embrace industrial process piping for industrial power and water plants, food/beverage, pharmaceuticals and in later years, semi-conductor plants.

In 1980, third-generation ownership emerged. Steve Haberberger Sr., a construction pipefitter and father of current President and CEO Steve Jr., joined the business along with his two brothers, Mark (a service pipefitter) and Neil (a project manager and estimator). The three sons built the firm’s original fabrication shop in 1993. All three sons and their dad worked side by side until 1997 when their father retired. Mark’s son, Joe R., is the company’s service manager today.

And in 2011, Haberberger began self-performing sheet metal projects in alliance with SMART Local 36, the Sheet Metal Workers Union. In 2016, the company launched a full-service commercial plumbing division.

In 2021, Steve Jr. was named president and CEO and serves in that capacity today. He says the company’s motto, “Performance on time, every time,” remains as true as it ever was. Steve Jr., his brother Ben and Mark’s sons Joe and Jeff all work together. Mark’s other son, Jeff, currently leads sheet metal operations while Ben is an estimator and project manager in the plumbing department. Neil’s son, Sam, joined in the late 2010s as a project engineer/estimator.

Haberberger Inc. still calls South County home. With more than 200 employees and a commitment to follow through with excellence on every project it begins, Steve Jr. says the firm is poised for continued success in the decades to come.




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