PROUDLY SERVING SALT LAKE, SUMMIT & WASATCH COUNTIES SINCE 1931!
John W. Dudley began plumbing around 1899, when he moved to Salt Lake City from Montana. Apparently, he took some classes at the LDS Business College and started his apprenticeship with Carthey & Dumbeck Co. In 1904, he was employed by Will Rees Plumbing Co., where he remained until 1912. At that point, he went on his own by purchasing Irving M. Higley’s Plumbing and Lighting business and renamed it the Higley-Dudley Plumbing Co. They had a shop at 109 East First South, Salt Lake City, which featured a showroom with both light fixtures and plumbing fixtures. Higley-Dudley Co. continued until 1917 or 1918 when John W. Dudley decided to quit the plumbing business and run a fish hatchery in the Millcreek area of Salt Lake City. After a year or so of the fish business, he returned to plumbing with the Will Rees Plumbing Co. He continued with Will Rees and eventually became the corporate secretary in 1922, and the secretary treasurer in 1929. In 1931, he went out on his own again and became the owner of the newly incorporated Harris-Dudley Plumbing Co.
In 1941, John W. Dudley sold the company to his son, Ross Dudley, and son-in-law, Ross Wright. John R. Dudley, Ross Dudley’s son, became a corporate partner in October, 1963, when Ross Wright died of a heart attack while hunting. Ross Dudley died just a few short months later, April 27, 1964. John R. Dudley became sole owner at that time.
John R. Dudley (left), President, began working for the company over 40 years ago. In 1958, he completed his apprenticeship and became a licensed Journeyman plumber. He served on the Utah Apprenticeship Council for 19 years, served as President of the Utah Mechanical Contractors Assoc., and most recently served 13 years on the Utah State Plumbing Examination Board.
Bob Dudley completed his apprenticeship and became a licensed Journeyman plumber in 1990 and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in business in 1992. Bob has served as President of the RPA Utah Chapter and been Chairman of the Utah State Plumbing Examiner’s Board. He is currently a member of the Uponor Contractor Advisory Board and also serves on the TACO (“Thermal Appliance Contractor”) Advisory Board . Bob is trained in the United States and Europe in Hydronics production and installation techniques. Bob has received his Master Plumber certification.
In March, 2004, the Harris-Dudley Co. relocated to a new, state of the art facility. Located at 3039 South Specialty Circle, the 19,000-square-foot building features increased inventory space, fleet parking, and a radiant-floor, heated showroom where customers can view products.