In 1914, Albert O. Reed established a plumbing and heating shop that laid the groundwork for A.O. Reed & Co., one of the West s leading mechanical contractors. The company offers design/build services and has worked on projects such as 100 miles of pipe installation at a state prison and a thermal energy system, which included an 800-ton chiller and 1.2 million-gallon storage tank that provides low-cost air conditioning for California State University at San Bernardino. Its 53,000-square-foot facility includes sheet metal and pipe-fabrication facilities, service department, corporate offices and retail store. A.O. Reed & Co. is located in San Diego.