Oscar Hehnke, father of Jerry Hehnke, started the company in 1941. He opened his own metal/heating shop and operated it as the O.V. Hehnke Company from his garage on Charles Street. In 1947, Claussen and Sons Construction began building our current location at 907 W. Oklahoma.
In 1967, Jerry and Charlene (Chick) bought the company and changed the name to Jerry’s Sheet Metal Heating and Cooling, which was incorporated in 1977. Jerry and Chick ran the company by themselves until 1986 when their eldest son, Jay, came back from college. K.C., their middle son, came back in 1988 and Monte started learning the office duties in 1992.
In 1997, Chick passed away unexpectedly, and at that time the company employed eight workers including the sons. When Jerry passed away in 2018 at age 82, the company had grown to 45-50 employees. Currently, Monte and Jay co-own the business.
Since 1946, Jerry’s Sheet Metal Heating and Cooling Inc. has been a leading source for residential, industrial, and commercial air temperature and purification systems. The roots of our family-owned business go back to 1947 when O.V. Hehnke started the company. His son Jerry purchased it in 1967 and brought his three sons into the growing enterprise in 1993.
In addition, the Jerry’s Sheet Metal team comprises of experienced estimators, project managers, job superintendents, journeyman and apprentice sheet metal workers, and service technicians.
Supporting the Grand Island community
Jerry’s Sheet Metal has served the Grand Island area for over 80 years. In addition to providing our expert services, we are also active participants in the community. We believe the community has built our company, and every year we donate thousands of dollars to numerous local organizations. Youth activities are our first priority, since we are building a strong foundation for tomorrow’s leaders.
Our community involvement includes:
18 times since 1996, Jerry’s Sheet Metal has been awarded the Circle of Excellence award from Lennox. This award is given to the top 1% of over 7,000 dealers in the United States.
The Circle of Excellence Award, presented annually, recognizes Lennox dealerships for outstanding accomplishments in areas such as sales, performance, company growth, successful advertising, promotional campaigns, and effective business planning.
Jerry’s Sheet Metal Heating & Cooling, Inc., Receives Excellence Award from Lennox Industries for Outstanding Business Accomplishments
Lennox Industries, a trusted HVAC brand for over 125 years, awarded Jerry’s Sheet Metal Heating-Cooling Inc. the Lennox Circle of Excellence Award. This prestigious honor recognizes the top 45 Lennox dealerships for outstanding accomplishments and exemplary customer service. Monte and Tami Hehnke received the award from Lennox’s CEO Quan Nguyen at the Nemacolin Four seasons resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania. This is Jerry’s eighteenth time winning the award and twelfth straight.
Jerry’s was also awarded the National I-Comfort Sales Award and the Signature Sales Award.
“Earning the Circle of Excellence Award emphasizes Jerry’s Sheet Metal Heating-Cooling Inc.’s progress as a leading marketer of residential comfort systems,” said Douglas L. Young, President and COO of LII Residential Heating & Cooling. “The award demonstrates their commitment to sales performance, company growth, successful advertising and promotional campaigns and effective business planning.”
Monte Hehnke also won the Ultimate Comfort Sales Advisor in North America Midwest Region.