Established in 1979 by Charles and Lois Watts, our company can trace its roots in the Haines City community back to 1927. Charles’ grandfather and parents moved to the Haines City area when Charles’ grandfather was called to be the Minister of the First Christian Church of Haines City. After working on the family dairy Charles and Lois took over from his father and remained in the dairy business for 26 years. In 1972 Charles and Lois sold the dairy, and Charles went to work for an air conditioning company in Leesburg, Florida. Having worked with refrigeration on the dairy, Charles learned air conditioning very quickly. In 1978 Charles and Lois moved back to the Haines City area to be near his aging father and opened Charles M. Watts Air Conditioning, Inc.
Charles began as a one man operation, working from a storage shed in his back yard with Lois managing the office from home. It was not long before he found himself in a rented warehouse in Haines City and in 1983 built his own warehouse/office facility in the Haines City Industrial park, where the company is currently located. Charles’ son Leonard, serving in the US Coast Guard, was transferred to the Clearwater Air Station in 1980 and began coming home on his days off to work with his father. In 1985 Charles was contemplating retirement, which would include closing the company. Leonard completed his current enlistment and with his wife Jonnie returned home to buy his father’s business and keep it opened. Charles worked for Leonard until 1987 when he fully retired. Charles and Lois currently live with Leonard and Jonnie where they are well taken care of in the twilight of their lives. Leonard and Jonnie have two sons, both attending college, Lief who is currently at University of North Florida and Devon who is at University of West Florida.
What began as a one man operation in a shed in the back yard has now grown into an established community business. The company now has nineteen employees; most have been with the company for more than five years, several for more than ten years. These employees boast well over one hundred years of combined experience. We now have ten trucks, the warehouse/office facility has tripled in size, parts and equipment are stocked that we might better serve our customers and an answering service has been employed to answer after hours calls and dispatch them to an on call technician. This is just a small list of our growth, if you would like to know more stop by and visit, we love talking to people. Even though the company has grown we still strive to give everyone that same personal attention that built us into the company we are today. We already consider you part of our family, why not make us part of yours?