When brothers James T. and Ira Gormley founded Gormley Brothers in the Cornhusker state, their plumbing, heating and well-drilling services were delivered via mule-and-wagon. Soon, they operated out of a truck and expanded their territory.
The second generation headed west when son James E. moved to McMinnville. By 1968, after years with C.N. Bennett Plumbing & Heating, James was ready to take over the business and purchased it with his wife Jean. The company was renamed McMinnville Plumbing & Heating and continued to serve the Yamhill Valley.
The third generation joined the company in 1971 when Edward Gormley graduated from Gonzaga University and returned to McMinnville. He earned his Master Plumber’s license in 1976 and bought the business a year later with his wife, Candy. The company would wear the family name as Gormley Plumbing & Heating. Today it’s Gormley Plumbing + Mechanical working throughout Southern Washington and Oregon.