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BTU: Same name, new owner, expanded services

Hardy Boots and Cory Bomgaars stand in front of BTU Heating & Cooling on Oxford Street. Bomgaars recently purchased Boots’ share of the business.

WORTHINGTON — One of the owners has changed, but the acronym will stay the same. For nearly 30 years, BTU Heating & Cooling has provided services to customers in the Worthington area. The business’ name stood for Boots, Thill Unlimited, indicating owners Hardy Boots and Jim Thill.

Cory Bomgaars and his wife, Jacki, recently bought Boots’ shares in the company, which is now called Bomgaars, Thill Unlimited — still BTU.

“Hardy wanted to retire and enjoy life,” said Cory, who is now president of the company, with Thill vice president, and Boots continuing in an advisory capacity. “I had started out at BTU in the late ’90s, early 2000s, and I was looking for an opportunity to own my own business.”

Most recently, Cory has worked for Schwalbach Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, doing both HVAC and plumbing work.

“When we heard about Hardy’s retiring, and with us expanding our family and getting more settled, it was a looking-toward-the-future sort of thing,” said Jacki, who is expecting a baby girl any day now,

Besides the ownership, there are a few other changes in the works at BTU, most notably the addition of plumbing services.

“I’m a year away from my master plumber’s license,” explained Cory. “We also hired a master’s licensed plumber, Brian Gehrls.”

With that addition, BTU now has five service technicians in the field and three people manning the office.

BTU specializes in both service and sales, offering Trane furnaces and air-conditioning equipment; AO Smith water heaters; and Triangle Tube high-efficiency boilers.

“I like the reliability, and they’re quiet,” said Cory about the Trane systems. “Their price points are right, and they’ve been in business since the early 1900s. They are one of the top three leaders in the world in heating and cooling, and they stand behind their equipment and support it well.

“We give free estimates,” added Cory.

Bomgaars and Thill are planning a customer appreciation event during the last week of August — exact date yet to be decided. Burgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages will be served, providing current and prospective customers an opportunity to meet Cory and check out the services that BTU offers. A Trane representative will also be on hand.

The Bomgaars are proud to be part of a business that has serviced the community for several decades.

“We wanted to keep an already existing business in the community and help it expand,” said Jacki.

“To better serve the community’s needs,” added Cory.

BTU is located at 341 Oxford St. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone 376-6966.

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