MOUNDRIDGE — Bachman Heating and Plumbing in Hesston, once owned by Karen and Ron Bachman, has been sold to Goering Hardware in Moundridge.

Ron Bachman began working for Leroy Reimer, owner of Reimer Plumbing and Heating, after he graduated from Climate Control Institute.

"Leroy had approached Ron when he heard he was going to Climate Control and said, 'when you're done, you have a job,' and so he started right out of school working for Leroy," Karen Bachman said.

It was 17 years later when the Bachmans purchased Reimer Plumbing and Heating in 1990 and changed its name to Bachman Plumbing and Heating. The business mainly provided service to plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems in residential buildings.

"A little over a year ago, Ron and I made the decision to retire," Karen Bachman stated in a letter to Bachman Plumbing and Heating customers. "We began working diligently to explore business continuity options that allowed both our customers and our employees to continue to be cared for in the best way possible."

The Bachmans selected Mike Kaufman, owner of Goering Hardware, to acquire their business.

Ron Bachman died Feb. 13.

"Ron and I were planning to sell the business before he passed away," Karen Bachman said. "We were going to retire and do some traveling together. I'm having to announce this by myself now, but I decided to go ahead with the sale and Mike was gracious enough to continue working with us."

"They had customers and employees that I wanted," Kaufman said. "It was time for us to grow our business. It was an opportunity and we didn't think we should let the opportunity pass."

Bachman Heating and Plumbing and Goering Hardware were both dealers of Lennox heating and air conditioning systems.

"We service a lot of the same clientele in Newton and Hesston, so it's a natural fit," Kaufman said.

Kaufman did not purchase Bachman Heating and Plumbing's building in Hesston.

"We're just going to operate out of this location in Moundridge," Kaufman said.

The sale of the business was handled by Royce Jantz, certified business broker in Hesston.

"We strive for good customer service, and so does Mike," Karen Bachman said. "That's why we thought this was a real good fit, both for our customers and our employees."

For more information about Goering Hardware, call 620-345-2442 or visit http://goeringhardware.com.