In the 1930s Howard Petersen was a plumbers apprentice,
moonlighting as a race car driver. This was back in the days of
open cock pits in racing and lead pipe in plumbing. After serving
in World War Two as a pipe fitter, Howard came home to work for a series
of small plumbing shops.
1947, Howard and his Brother George made a decision to strike
out on their own. They bought out Bill Mack and opened a small
shop on West 3rd Street in Davenport. It was 1947 and the company
vehicle was one very used 1934 Dodge panel truck.
Petersen owns 50 separate company vehicles. That does not include
seven back hoes and other pieces of equipment. Today,
that tiny two-man
operation can have nearly 100 persons on the payroll at
different times of the year depending on the projects involved.
invite you to ask around. Over the past 60 plus years, Petersen Plumbing has made a lot of friends!