About Us


Great_Grandpa_350The Harms family has been providing quality sheet metal work to the Peoria area since the mid 1800’s. George Harms, born in 1857, was the first in a long line of sheet metal workers. All six of George’s sons were in the heating and sheet metal business around the turn of the century. In 1939 the George’s grandsons started Standard Sheet Metal Works in a shop on North Sheridan Road. Jay Harms, George’s grandson, purchased his brother Ellis’ stock in the early 1970’s and became the President of Standard Sheet Metal Works. John Harms, son of Jay, changed the name of the business to Standard Heating and Cooling in the 1980’s to better service the homeowner’s heating and cooling needs. In the mid 80’s, John Harms, the great grandson of George Harms, took over Standard Heating and Cooling. A firm commitment and dedication through the decades had built a strong, reputable company. Today, the tradition continues with John Harms working along side his daughter, Lindsay. Lindsay is the 5th generation Harms to work in the sheet metal industry. Together they offer their customers the exceptional service that can only come from decades of experience. Their hard work, integrity and customer satisfaction speaks for itself. The company has grown in size to include thirty employees and fourteen service and installation vehicles.

Meet Our Team…

Vice President/Estimator/Project Manager: John T. Harms

JohnHarmsJohn began his career in 1970, enrolling in the sheet metal apprenticeship, which he successfully completed in 1974. He worked as a Journeyman sheet metal worker until 1981, at which time he began estimating and project management duties. Since then, John has been managing the company. In 1995 John purchased the company from his parents. He is now the sole owner.

John has also served his industry by sitting on the board of directors for the local chapter of the Sheet Metal Contractors Association, both as Secretary and as Treasurer. He also served on and chaired the Budget and J.A.T.C. Committees.

In 1989, John began service to Illinois SMACNA by servicing on the board of directors as Secretary/Treasurer and has held every officer position including President for two terms. His service continued for nine years. John has also served and chaired the Education Committee, Insurance Committee, and Budget Committees.

Since 1981, John has been a certified test and balance technician. He re-certifies at least every two years.

Since 1970 John has earned a reputation as one who works towards identifying potential problems and resolving project conflicts in a cooperative and fair manner

Estimator/Project Manager: Bob Fisher

BobFisherBob graduated from Metamora High School in 1972. He comes from a family of sheet metal workers, including his father and two brothers. He started in the sheet metal trade in 1978 and went through 4 years of apprenticeship. He has been certified in air balancing. Before coming into the office to estimate, Bob fabricated and installed residential, commercial, and industrial projects, following most of the projects from start to finish.

Bob has been with Standard Heating and Cooling since 1989, starting by fabricating in the shop, moving into the field as an installer, working as foreman and then superintendent. Since being in the office, Bob has worked on projects from $200.00 to $400,000.00. Bob prides himself with taking care of our customers and doing the job right the first time.

Project Superintendent: Richard Fisher

Richard Fisher graduated from Metamora High School in May of 1969. In September of the same year he began work at Meyer Heating & Air Conditioning and started sheet metal apprentice school. In September of 1973, Richard graduated from the apprenticeship having won first place each year in the apprentice contest that was held at the end of each school year.

In 1979 Richard became a shop foreman. In 1983 he attended a course on how to supervise employees. In 1985 he learned Wendes estimating.

Since Richard has become a superintendent, he has had many years experience in reading blueprints and specifications manuals, air flow and air flow readings, and blueprint take-off and design.