PRESS RELEASE: Republic Companies to Celebrate Grand Opening of HVAC and Electrical Distribution Center and Training Lab

Grimes, IA – The Republic Companies, an Iowa based electrical and mechanical distributor with a 107- year-old legacy of serving Midwestern contractors, is thrilled to announce the grand opening of its expansive distribution center and state-of-the-art HVAC and electrical training facility—serving Central Iowa from its location in Grimes. The grand opening is scheduled for Thursday, August 17th 11AM – 5PM at their new location: 1400 SE 19th Street Suite 525, Grimes, Iowa.

Republic’s new facility marks a pivotal opportunity for Midwest HVAC and electrical contractors. Spanning an impressive 22,500 square feet, this new facility is designed to be a hub of innovation, training, and progress. The 2,500-square-foot training lab, equipped with 18 stations, will become a haven for contractors seeking to elevate and expand their skills.

In the words of Todd Wade, President of Republic’s Mechanical Division, “In the HVAC and electrical world, training has never been more important for our dealers to use and to develop their staff than it is today and will be for the foreseeable future.” The grand opening of this new facility marks an exciting milestone in the company’s 107-year-old timeline. “It’s really a testament to Republic’s unwavering commitment to providing our customers with the tools, resources, and support they need to be successful,” Wade went on to explain.

“This is just the beginning!” Wade continued, “This new facility isn’t just for Des Moines alone – it’s a hub that will draw participants from all corners of Republic’s extensive and rapidly growing footprint, facilitating knowledge exchange and professional growth.”

Republic’s Vice President of Mechanical Sales, Bob Teare, stated, “What makes this training facility and distribution center so different, and in my opinion, so exciting for contractors throughout the Midwest, is Republic’s customer centric approach. We’re evaluating the needs of our dealers and their customers— homeowners and businesses throughout the Midwest—and we’re looking strategically not only at what the needs of today are, but what the needs of the future will be.”

Guests are cordially invited to atend the grand opening of Republic’s new facility anytime between 11am-5pm to tour the facility, meet face-to-face with the Republic team that brought the facility to life, enjoy food from some local Des Moine’s favorites including Smokey D’s, The Outside Scoop, and Flame, and network with vendor partners such as Johnson Controls, Mitsubishi Heating and Air Conditioning, Rapid Locking Systems, Leviton, Satco, Acuity, GREE, and more. At 4pm the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce will host an official ribbon cutting ceremony, to officially commemorate this incredible milestone.##


With over a century of expertise, Republic Companies is one of the largest independent wholesale mechanical and electrical distributors in the Midwest. The 107-year-old company is headquartered along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa.

Rooted in humble beginnings, the company was established 107 years ago as a family-owned enterprise. What initially took shape as a Delco Light Plant Distributorship, providing power solutions to rural America, evolved into a dynamic force in the mechanical and electrical distribution realm. From those pioneering days, Republic Companies’ influence steadily expanded, reaching beyond the rural landscapes of the past to encompass a vast footprint growing through Iowa, Illinois and into Wisconsin.

“Republic’s new facility stands as a testament to both tradition and transformation, and we are looking forward to sharing our vision of ResponseAbilityTM with all HVAC and electrical contractors in the Des Moines market,” concluded Rob Eckert, Vice President of Regional Sales at Republic.

The grand opening of this distribution center and training facility puts Republic at a total of 5 HVAC and Electrical Distribution Centers between Iowa and Illinois. Their other locations include Cedar Rapids, IA, Dubuque, IA, Peoria, IA, and Davenport, IA.


Nate Kinnetz
Republic Des Moines Territory Manager [email protected] 515-210-1382

Email Bob Teare [email protected] if you are a mechanical contractor interested in becoming a dealer with Republic. 

Email Rob Eckert [email protected] if you are an electrical contractor interested in becoming a dealer with Republic. 


Republic’s new state-of-the-art distribution center and training lab is strategically located at 1400 SE 19th Street Suite 525, Grimes, IA 50111 to serve HVAC and electrical contractors throughout the entire Midwest region.


Photo of the classroom portion of Republic’s Des Moines training lab


Photo of Republic setting up the racking inside the expansive 22,500 square foot Des Moines distribution warehouse.

Republic has been headquartered in Davenport Iowa for over 100 years. Photo above: Republic Davenport Branch at 737 Charlote Street Davenport, IA in the 1900s.


Image of Republic’s early days when it started out as a Delco Light Plant providing electricity to rural Iowa and Illinois.
Image from Republic’s original grand opening from July 18th, 1918.


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