In 1918, a modest but dedicated refrigeration business opened its doors in Houston. Who could have predicted the ensuing rise to prominence of both the city and its newest company? Today, Houston is internationally renowned, and Way Companies are some of our nation's largest and most experienced mechanical contractors, specializing in the design/build of commercial air conditioning, plumbing/piping systems and the maintenance of these systems. Throughout the years, Way Companies have progressed by pioneering new mechanical systems' technologies. In the 1930s, heating and ventilation projects kept the company busy. Way pioneered the use of ice as a cooling agent in early thermal storage air conditioning systems installed in churches and movie theaters, a technology used extensively today. During World War II, Way was active in the installation of mechanical equipment for barracks and other armed forces facilities across the state of Texas. With the war's end came the age of modern air conditioning in Houston, where every building suddenly needed that technology. Way's focus quickly shifted to air conditioning, and the company's growth in the last 50 years has reflected an emphasis in that market segment. From the beginning, Way Companies have been known as innovators in the HVAC industry. Many technological advances employed in mechanical contracting today can be traced to the design/construction capabilities and leadership of four generations of the Way family and its experienced, professional staff.