History

  • 1955
    Brothers Bob and Maurice Bell open Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., at 610 College Ave. in Des Moines. They would remain in that location for
    10 years.
  • 1960
    Maurice Bell passes away. Bob Bell continues operating the business he and his brother started together several
    years earlier.
  • 1965
    Bell Brothers buys a building operated by a local coal company. The move gives Bell Brothers more space and capacity and establishes their current location at 2822 6th Ave. in Des Moines.
  • 1977
    After more than two decades in business, Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning takes an important step in its continued growth when it acquires Riccelli's Heating and Air.
  • 1984
    Grant Bell, son of Bob Bell, is appointed president of Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning. He will continue to serve in that role, leading the company for 27 years, until 2011.
  • 1993
    When massive flooding hits his competitor, Schaal, Bob Bell invites the company to use the Bell Brothers sheet metal shop, helps install equipment
    and loans Schaal a building to keep business afloat.
  • 1995
    Chuck Gassmann joins Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning after working with Carrier Corporation for more than 17 years.
  • 2005
    Chuck Gassmann becomes vice president, general manager of Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning.
  • 2011
    Bob Bell passes away at 89, leaving a legacy of community and industry leadership. Chuck Gassmann purchases Bell Brothers, becomes president and dedicates himself to Bob Bell’s values.
  • 2013
    Bob Bell becomes one of only 25 Carrier Dealer Hall of Fame members in the United States for his vision, enthusiasm, high standards and industry leadership.
  • 2014
    Bell Brothers expands and renovates its headquarters, adding a state-of-the-art training facility and working lab. The company is also named one of Iowa’s top 100 workplaces.
  • 2015
    Bell Brothers celebrates its 60th anniversary in business — thanking loyal customers with a year full of special promotions and a “60 Random Acts of Kindness” employee challenge.
  • 2017
    Jason Gassmann becomes president of Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.
  • 2018
    For the 4th year in a row, Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning is named as a recipient of the coveted Carrier President’s Award.
  • A legacy of 60+ years.

    In 1955, brothers Bob and Maurice Bell opened Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa. Operating the company on family values and high standards, the company grew substantially through the years — with several building expansions and business acquisitions designed to provide the highest level of service to our loyal customers.

    Today, Bell Brothers continues that legacy of family values and high standards, serving customers in Des Moines and the surrounding communities. Owner Chuck Gassmann, who joined the company in 1995, is dedicated to continuing Bob Bell’s values. The company recently built a state-of-the-art training facility and working lab, and added new offices, a larger warehouse space and an expanded sheet metal fabrication shop — all to offer employees the education and training they need and to provide customers the best services possible. Taking care of employees and customers is our top priority. 


    Committed to putting others first

    Bob BellWhen the flood of the century hit in 1993 and Bell Brothers’ competitor, Schaal Heating and Cooling, received extensive damage — Bob Bell was there to help. He invited his competitor to use his sheet metal shop, helped them install equipment and loaned them a building, literally saving their business. Because it was the right thing to do.

    It’s no wonder that Bob Bell is one of only 25 individuals in the country to be inducted into the Carrier Dealer Hall of Fame for their vision and leadership in the HVAC industry.

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