More than 70 York dealers and contractors joined together Sept. 14 in Branson, Mo., to celebrate the longtime partnership they have enjoyed with the Hawkins Co.

The Hawkins Co., the oldest York distributor in the country, marked 60 years of business by hosting a gala event Sept. 14 in Branson, Mo.

Since 1947, the Fort Smith, Ark.-based company has been providing York products to the northwest Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma markets through wholesale and retail distribution to area customers, dealers and mechanical contractors specializing in residential, commercial and industrial heating and air-conditioning applications.

To celebrate six decades of service, representatives from York were on hand to acknowledge co-owners Bob and Margaret Hawkins with York awards for providing exceptional training and for their commitment to technical distribution.

They were joined by over 70 dealers from the Oklahoma and Arkansas markets, along with several air-conditioning contractors in the area, to share their thoughts and memories on the long partnership they have enjoyed with the Hawkins Co.

While witnessing many changes within the HVAC industry, York officials said that the Hawkins Co. has continued to live by the mantra that above all else, customers come first. And customers of the Hawkins Co. have said that despite recent trends in the market place, the same traditional values still apply with the company.

York and the Hawkins Co. are already looking ahead to the future. The two companies have set their sights on reconvening in Branson, Mo., in 2017 to mark 70 years of service.