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Rhoton & Son Heating & Cooling: A Balance of Family, Community and Business

June 18th, 2012 12:20 pm by Susan Kendrick Lauhoff

Rhoton & Son Heating & Cooling: A Balance of Family, Community and Business

The Rhotons, including Linda and Wayne, their son Billy Rhoton Jr. and his sons Samuel Wayne and Jacob Levi, have learned to successfully balance family life with being on call 24/7.

A sense of community spirit gently tugs at Billy Rhoton Jr.’s heart strings when he learns of a human interest need within Southwest Virginia. The son of Rhoton & Son Heating & Cooling, he has found the rewards of his family-owned and operated business to be very fulfilling - like the time it replaced heat pumps stolen from local churches in 2011.

"We are not here just for business, but want to help the community as well," Rhoton Jr. shared.

Their benevolence likewise extends to the investment in the area’s youth. Christmas is not the same without the help of Rhoton & Son Heating & Cooling contributions to the Scott County Head Start program, where they have thus far installed eight environmentally-friendly refrigerant heat pumps providing "greener" classrooms.

At Shoemaker Elementary School, Rhoton & Son provided Coke products for the fall festival and replaced the tattered U.S. and Virginia flags that had been flying since the gym was erected. They also sponsor a little league baseball team and continue to support T-ball, youth tennis, golf and the upcoming basketball program.

The Rhoton name is familiar in the business arena in Southwest Virginia. Brothers James Rhoton owned the TV sales and repair shop for years and Audley Rhoton had the local glass shop. Their brother, Wayne, is the Rhoton in Rhoton & Son Heating & Cooling.

The company was originally founded in 1994. At the age of 18, Billy Rhoton Jr. heard the calling to continue the Rhoton name within the community, and with his father and the support of his mother, Linda, Rhoton & Son Heating & Cooling was established. During a four-year hiatus, Rhoton Jr. expanded his knowledge when working with semi-conductors and in power plants. His new-found knowledge influenced his ability to be a better business man and volunteer in the community.

Billy Rhoton Jr. has also learned to successfully balance his family life with being on call 24/7. He is a single father with two sons, Samuel Wayne and Jacob Levi, who enjoy hunting and fishing as much as their father does. Rhoton Jr. is a member of Darthula Baptist Church in Hiltons, Va., and serves on the Scott County Head Start Policy Council.

"Family and community are the two most important things in my life," admits the devoted father.

So squash those rumors of the company going out of business and closing. Rhoton & Son Heating & Cooling was bursting at the seams, having outgrown their facility, and relocated this past March to Hilton Road. Business is booming, installing 150 to 200 units annually in Southwest Virginia and the Tri-Cities.

The company provides American-made heat pumps by York. Rhoton Jr. believes "Selling products that are manufactured and assembled in this country creates jobs for Americans." He advises, "When choosing your heat pump, consider if the company carries workman’s comp and liability insurance, is bonded and has a current Virginia contractor’s license. We have all."Rhoton & Son guarantees their service and is running a special where they will match and beat competitors' prices by $200 on a change out (some exclusions do apply).

With no overtime fees, Rhoton & Son Heating & Cooling is open seven days a week and is located a half mile up Hilton Road from Wadlow Gap Hwy. in Gate City. Call 276-386-3351 for information or to set up an appointment.

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