January 21, 2015

Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric ( had two of its plumbing veterans retire as the company rings in the New Year.  Mike Taylor, Service manager, and Russ Smith, Warehouse manager, will begin retirement on January 1, 2015.

“We are fortunate to have the caliber of tradesmen we do,” said John Ward, president of Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric.  “Mike and Russ both exemplified the high standards and professionalism we have built our company on throughout the years.”

Taylor, a master plumber, who has worked in the industry since 1977, joined Applewood more than 16 years ago.  As Service manager he oversaw daily crews providing plumbing, heating and electrical services on the day shift.  Taylor has also provided training for technicians on safety, ethics and customer service.

“This career has really been very good to me,” Taylor said. “The work we do can really change people’s lives for the better.”  According to Taylor, if you can leave the people you work with in a better place than they arrived, then you have “done some good work.”


In his supervisory position Taylor has helped young technicians hone their skills which allowed them to succeed. Taylor plans to have a whole lot more “Mike time” golfing and fishing when he can.  “It’s a change of lifestyle and it’s going to be good,” Taylor said.

Smith was with Applewood for 11 years.  He’s been a master plumber for 45 years and owned his own company before moving to Colorado.  As Warehouse manager, Smith handled inventory, the fleet, ensures technicians receive necessary parts and administers the safety program.

“Every day is a new challenge,” Smith said.  “It’s always been exciting to me to try to figure out how to fix a problem.” Smith has always worked in the trades and noted, “They can offer real stability for families.”

Like Taylor, Smith plans to fish, specifically in Florida.  Smith is a Navy Vietnam veteran and plans to work with “Troops to the Trades,” a group that helps military veterans transition to civilian careers. “The industry really needs to have young people seek the trades, especially as so many of us begin to retire,” he said.

Applewood offers careers in plumbing, heating and electrical fields, with nearly 80 technicians servicing customers daily. The company prides itself on the fact that 100 percent of its technicians are licensed with nearly 30 percent of its plumbers holding the master plumber credential.

Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric has served the Denver/Boulder Metro area for 40 years and is proud to have been named to the Denver Post’s Lists of Top Workplaces for the third year in a row and the Editor’s Choice for Best Customer Service in 5280 Magazine’s Top of the Town issue. They are honored to be a past winner of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Trust in the Large Business category; and a recipient of the City of Golden Rotary Ethics in Business Award.

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