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Company History

  • 1902Reliable Opens its Doors
    Reliable Mechanical was founded in 1902 by Chester Brownell, Senior. Known also as Reliable Plumbing and Heating Company, the company's first location was established in downtown Champaign at 105 N Walnut St. on the land that is now occupied by the Sandwell building.
  • 1923New Location
    In 1923 Reliable Mechanical moved from N Walnut to 109 W University Ave.
  • 1940sCompany Growth
    From the beginning, Brownell placed tremendous importance on the quality of his company's work and the integrity of the Reliable Mechanical name. Ultimately, despite relatively modest resources--including a hand-operated pump, oaken tub, and pot-bellied stove--Reliable Mechanical quickly blossomed into one of the area's premier heating and plumbing operations.
  • 1954News Clipping
  • 1955New Location
    With Mike and Debbie's grandfather and great uncle in charge Reliable Mechanical moved to 1607 S Neil Street.
  • 1960sThird Generation Owner
    During the 1960's, Richard Meislahn took over the company.
  • 1985 Fourth Generation Owners
    Richard Meislahn's children, Michael Meislahn and Debbie Clasey became the fourth-generation owners of Reliable Mechanical Company while located at 109 W Curtis Rd. in Savoy, Illinois.
  • 2002100 Years of Service
  • PresentReliable Continues to Grow
    Reliable Mechanical has grown into central Illinois' premier full-service HVAC and plumbing operation, employing roughly 40 employees and providing service to residential and commercial customers within a 90- to 100-mile radius. Reliable Mechanical is now located at 1411 Interstate Dr. Champaign, IL.