PEWAUKEE, Wis. - According to Total Comfort of Wisconsin Inc., its latest purchase makes it the largest locally owned and managed mechanical contractor in southeastern Wisconsin.

The company has acquired key operating divisions of Downey Inc. The mechanical contracting companies were scheduled to finalize the deal at the end of May. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

"I am pleased about the tremendous opportunities this acquisition provides for our employees and the company to continue growing into the future," said Dennis J. Braun, president and CEO of Total Comfort. "Downey has a long-standing tradition of being a high-quality mechanical contractor, and we are excited to be able to strengthen Total Comfort with the addition of Downey's hardworking team of experienced professionals."

Total Comfort was established in 1968 and is a mechanical contracting firm specializing in the design, installation and service of commercial and residential HVAC and plumbing systems, as well as mechanical systems that support industrial and manufacturing processes. With the acquisition of Downey, Total Comfort now has approximately 300 employees, including more than 230 skilled-trade workers representing four Milwaukee-area labor unions.

"In considering joining with another mechanical contractor, there were two equally important objectives for Downey - employee opportunity and uninterrupted service to our customers," said Gregory M. Coffman, president and CEO of Downey. "Joining Total Comfort greatly exceeds both of these objectives. Total Comfort has the vision, leadership and the resources to continue Downey's spirit. Total Comfort is strongly grounded by commitments to customer service and employee success through ethical business practices - the same key elements that Downey values."

Coffman will lead the Downey transition and join Total Comfort executives in strategic planning, construction management, employee development and business development.