Project was incorporated in 1964, by Clarence Castleman and Louis Hettinger. The original location of the company was off Manslick lane in Louisville’s south end. The start was very humble as they set up shop in an old chicken coop. That didn’t last long as they quickly grew and moved to the Industrial park in Jtown. Shortly after starting the company Clarence brought on both his son’s Ron and Jim Castleman. Today Project is transitioning to its third generation of being a privately held, family owned and operated HVAC company. It has been located on English Station Road for the last 30 years. Project’s campus includes 2+ acres, which houses 8,000 square feet of shop and warehouse space as well as 2,000 square feet of office space. In addition, there is a lower warehouse that is 6,000 square feet, which is used to store and stage for upcoming “projects”, both commercial and residential.
The company started with a heavy focus on residential and multi-family new construction, which is where the name “Project” came from. Since the company at that time was only doing construction projects, the name “Project Heating and Cooling” seemed like a good fit.
As the company began to grow, it needed someone to oversee the “service side” of the business. Ron quickly assumed all the responsibilities of running a service department and the demands of servicing all the new construction the company was doing. Jim Castleman began to handle the production aspect of the construction side of the business.
Project grew rapidly and by 1980 had grown to one of the most respected HVAC companies in Louisville. Residentially, they were installing between 800 and 1,000 single and multi-family homes per year. Project then added a commercial construction division along with engineers that designed commercial HVAC systems. The addition of commercial construction came with its own set of challenges, but none that couldn’t be handled. The addition of Terry Stewart to oversee the commercial design, estimating, and sales effort began a long term relationship with some of the most well-known Louisville architects, engineers, and general contractors.
By the early 90s’ one of the founding fathers of the company, Clarence, had passed away and shortly after that Louis Hettinger stepped away from running the business. Ron and Jim Castleman assumed full ownership by the early 90s’ as the second generation of ownership.
By the early 90s’ the company had grown and expanded to just over 100 employees. The company had not forgotten its construction roots. With still a heavy focus on construction, the industry itself was seeing a transformation into demand service. Project’s service and replacement department began to grow rapidly to keep pace with the ever changing demand of service and repairs.
Today the service and replacement division services over 10,000 customers per year. The service and replacement department specializes in both commercial and residential service as well replacement and upgrades to HVAC systems both residential and commercial.
Today Project employs 95 people and is a key part of the HVAC industry in Louisville.