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Midlands Plumbing and Heating Company Acquired by EON

Gas and power giant has bought CHN Group, a Midland’s based plumbing and heating firm, for an undisclosed ‘multi-million pound’ amount.

Headquartered in Lower Gornal, CHN Group provides plumbing and heating services to large builders, local authorities and housing associations. The company offers a wide range of services, from standard boiler installation and other plumbing and heating jobs through gas service and maintenance. In addition to traditional plumber’s jobs, the company has taken on electrical expertise and is offering industry training services. The heating and plumbing company has grown to eleven offices around the West Midlands (including Birmingham, Telford, Kidderminster, Cheltenham and Cannock) and employs 430 employees. Turnover for 2006 was over 29m.

The firm is proud of its training facility, and is one a small number of companies that has its own City & Guild and NICEIC approved training facilities for plumbing and heating engineers, both internally and externally. Furthermore that company is a proactive supporter of the apprentice programme, employing close to 30 apprentices in the plumbing and heating sector.

E.ON has made the acquisition as part of its strategy to expend into a wider home installation service provision. The giant energy company plans to develop a nation wide network of teams of plumbers and heating engineers to deliver central heating services to local housing associations and local authorities.

Don Leiper from E.ON commented that “this is a great deal for E.ON and we are looking forward to develop our business with the talented and experienced employees that have joined us”.

Heating Central is watching the developments in the plumbing and heating sector, as large players move into the sector bringing in large marketing budgets and expertise. Heating Central is committed to its customer and the plumbers and heating engineers on its network, by ensuring both sides get high quality service and manage to sustain a viable business, be in boiler repair, boiler installation or central heating overhaul.

This page has been written with contributions from experienced heating engineers from Northamptonshire and Gas Safe engineers from Highgate. Several of the company's plumbing and heating engineers from Essex have worked on similar issues as well as some of our plumbers from Enfield and our Hammersmith qualified plumbers.