Photo courtesy of Ace Heating & Air Conditioning

Ace Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. opened a location on Rum River Drive S. and held an open house with an official ribbon cutting to celebrate.

Ace Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. held its grand opening in Princeton on Friday afternoon.

The local company, owned by Jim Townsend, of Princeton, specializes in heating, air conditioning and ventilation and settled in Princeton based on a need Townsend observed.

Townsend said he felt Princeton needed a heating and air company to provide good customer service and fill a void.

Townsend is a Marine veteran and is a proponent of hiring veterans to work for his company, he stated. Along with hiring veterans, Townsend likes to give back to his community as much as he can, which is why on Saturday, Oct. 27, Ace Heating and Air Conditioning will take part in the Heat is On program.

The Heat is On program is an energy assistance program designed for those unable to afford regular maintenance checkups on their heating systems, especially elders and veterans. With winter looming just around the corner across Minnesota, the time is now to get heating systems up to par.

Ace Heating and Air Conditioning has partnered with Dey Distributing and Johnstone Supply to help provide the parts needed to perform the service.

Lakes and Pines Community Action Council and the Tri-County Action Program have been tapped to help vet applicants and find suitable households to assist. Townsend urges people to direct their inquiries and applications to either of the aforementioned firms.

Four trucks are set to be deployed on Saturday for service calls, and all of the repairs or replacements will be free of charge.

“It’s our way of giving back to the community,” Townsend said.

Townsend has over 30 years of experience within the field and running his business out of Princeton made sense to him, he explained. He had tried to run a different heating and air company out of St. Michael but said he found it difficult to do business and deal with the city there, so he moved to Princeton, where he has lived since 2003.

The company itself is around three years old, Townsend said, but for the first time, the company has its own designated space. Prior to moving into their new, permanent location, Ace Heating and Air Conditioning was run out of Townsend’s own home with three people on staff.

“Nobody knew we were here, so we wanted to be more visible and have a bigger presence within Princeton,” Townsend said.

Over time, the company grew to 12 people, its current staff, and Townsend decided it was time for the company to have a space to call its own.

Townsend’s employees take notice of the friendly and caring attitude Townsend offers to his customers and to his staff. Andrea Schiferli of Ace Heating and Air Conditioning said, “He’s always looking out for the customers,” and Jolena Jones said, “It’s like a family at Ace.”

Townsend appreciates the community and is willing to go the extra mile — “A little compassion goes a long way,” he said.

Ace Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. is located at 209 N. Rum River Drive in Princeton and can be reached at 763-389-2647 and or their Facebook page.

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