Humble Beginnings: A True Mom-and-Pop Shop
Glenn and Lois Long started Glenn C. Long Plumbing & Heating in 1949 out of their home in Northville, Michigan. Glenn would make the service calls and Lois answered the phone and took care of the company books.
The business began to grow and in 1954 they constructed an office, showroom and warehouse on Seven Mile Road, east of Northville Road, which allowed them to display household appliances and plumbing fixtures. In addition to servicing residential accounts, they began providing plumbing service to businesses. Additional employees were hired to service their growing number of customers.
Moving Downtown & Expanded Capabilities
In 1964, Glenn and Lois acquired property in downtown Northville and a new building was constructed on Dunlap Street. The larger showroom featured plumbing fixtures and stocked parts for plumbing repairs.
In the late 1960s, Long Mechanical became the parent company of Long Plumbing with an expansion of services to our commercial customers.
In 1970, a portion of the downtown showroom was dedicated to bath accessories, which was managed and operated by Virginia Long. This is the the groundwork for today's Long Kitchen & Bath Design Gallery.
Continued business growth led to the construction (in 1974) of the current office, showroom and retail store, then called our "Fancy Bath Boutique," at the north end of Main Street in downtown Northville.
Further expansion occurred in 1982 with the opening of JR Long, Inc. in Tampa, Florida. Specializing in commercial plumbing and pipefitting, projects included work at Tampa International Airport, the Tampa Convention Center, and numerous schools and medical facilities. In 2005, after 23 years of operation, JR Long, Inc. was sold to three employees.
The Long Companies Today: Honoring Our Reputation
From the little mom-and-pop operation that began more than 70 years ago, The Long Companies has grown into a multi-million dollar private corporation built on a solid reputation of service and integrity.
In 2019, Allison Long Burns, granddaughter of the company founders Glenn and Lois Long and daughter of past President Jim Long and Virginia Long, proudly became the third generation President and owner of “The Long Companies.”
While we continue to offer timely, reliable service to our residential customers throughout Metro Detroit, our portfolio of commercial mechanical and HVAC projects continues to expand.