Family owned and run
Being a family owned business is more than a label. The Gormley family devotes time, energy and commitment to their community and holds their family business to high standards. It’s how they’ve earned respect as a reliable, service-focused plumbing and heating company serving Yamhill County and Oregon.
Four generations of plumbing expertise and service began in 1908 in Nebraska, and the family owned business continues today in McMinnville.
Third generation Ed Gormley served as McMinnville’s mayor for 24 years. He and his wife, Candy, led the successful Mayor’s Ball as an annual fundraiser for Kids on the Block for 20 years. Under their leadership, Gormley Plumbing + Heating has donated plumbing services to many non-profits, including Habitat for Humanity.
A family owned business since 1908
Brothers James T. and Ira Gormley established Gormley Brothers in central Nebraska in 1908. They first delivered plumbing, heating, and well-drilling services using a wagon pulled by a team of mules. Later they mounted their well-drilling equipment on a truck frame and continued serving the state.
Years later, Ira left the family business due to poor health. After World War ll, James T.’s son, James E., moved to McMinnville, Oregon to work for C. N. Bennett Plumbing & Heating (previously Bennett & Murray Plumbing & Heating). In 1950, James E. returned to Nebraska to help his ailing father run the business. James E. returned to Oregon in 1955 and continued to work in plumbing. In 1968, James E. and Jean Gormley bought C. N. Bennett’s business and began McMinnville Plumbing & Heating, the second generation of the family owned plumbing business.
McMinnville from 1968 to today
In 1971, Jame’s and Jean’s son, Edward J. Gormley, graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and returned to McMinnville. He became the third generation in the family owned plumbing business.
In 1976, Ed earned his Master Plumber’s license. He and his wife, Candy, bought the business in 1977 and changed the name to Gormley Plumbing & Heating. In 1992 they added heating and cooling services, then in 2004 sold off the HVAC service business to concentrate on commercial, industrial and plumbing, as well as continuing to provide plumbing services to residential and local businesses.
The fourth generation is at work
Both daughters, Kimberly and Kori, fourth generation Gormleys, have been part of the family business—from napping in showroom bathtubs as children to planning the office remodel to today’s management. In 2005 Kori was named Vice President and CFO.
In January of 2012, Kori Gormley-Huppert welcomed her son, Kort as the fifth generation of Gormley Plumbing + Mechanical. Although he’s not ready to go to work yet, he is already showing promise as part of the family owned business.