City Suspends Longtime HVAC Company's License

Thiele Heating And Air Conditioning Employed Unlicensed Workers, Officials Say

City officials decided Friday to suspend the license of a longtime, locally owned heating and cooling company for employing unlicensed workers, officials said.

Thiele Heating and Air Conditioning was required to hire licensed heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractors, but officials said the company had failed to obtain any permits or licenses in the last three years.

Department of Code Enforcement Director Rick Powers said the agency had the public’s best interest in mind when making the decision.

"The Department of Code Enforcement is responsible for enforcement of construction standards and contractor licensing in order to ensure public safety," Powers said. "DCE will continue to pursue those who skirt the law and place our residents' safety and quality of life in jeopardy."

Officials also said Thiele’s failure to obtain proper permits provided the company with an “unfair and illegal time and cost advantage” over other licensed Marion County HVAC contractors.

“Holding corporations accountable for failure to comply allows us to ensure the quality of work is met and to ensure the health and safety of the public," said City Prosecutor Helen Marchal.

Officials said Thiele will be suspended from operating for one year in Marion County effective Aug.17, 2012.

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