THE PLACE: Mike Konderka was basking in the success of corporate sales when change was in the air. It was 2009, and the opportunity arose to buy a fledgling HVAC company from a friend. Four years later, Konderka traded his suit and tie to run Enviro-Niagara Heating and Air Conditioningin Welland full-time, and grow it with gale force into a trusted source for heating, cooling, custom sheet-metal fabrication, and even barbecue solutions. Today, Enviro- Niagara, once Konderka’s home business, operates out of three large storefronts on Highway 20. Konderka also recently added a metal fabrication facility to the Enviro-Niagara portfolio, keeping more work in-house and up to his exacting standards.“Basically, now everything is all under one roof,” Konderka says. “We can do everything gas-related that’s residential, commercial, hearth, barbecue, and metal fabrication – the whole thing.”
THE APPROACH: Konderka and his wife, Jennifer, have made Enviro- Niagara an integral part of Niagara’s community. The couple operate by the motto “Dedicated to the community, committed to the environment.” Over the years, Enviro-Niagara has created and sponsored the Cowboy Classic golf tournament, helping raise more than $107,000 for Help a Child Smile. The business has also worked with Habitat for Humanity, Rose City Kids, and provided co-op placements to local high school students. A handful of business awards and accolades attest to Enviro-Niagara’s ability to build community beyond the business’s four walls. “A lot of my business success comes from being out in the community, supporting community groups and being where people need us,” Konderka says. When it comes to clients, “Every customer is entitled to 110 per cent satisfaction or you get 100 per cent of your money back.”
THE TREND: Increasing energy costs have made efficient heat pumps a popular item. Big sellers also include boilers, ductless splits, WiFi thermostats and fireplaces installed to allow for residual heat to be used throughout a home. When it comes to barbecues, versatility is key, people are game for something that can bake cookies in the afternoon and roast prime cuts for dinner.
THE NEWS: Given the big things happening in barbecue technology, Enviro-Niagara is planning a spring series of cooking classes to demonstrate all that can be done with products carried in-store.