Herald JournalHerald Journal, May 5, 2003

Following in his father's footsteps

By Julie Yurek

Brian Mikolichek of Winsted is following in his father's footsteps by taking over the family business.

Mikolichek is the owner of Mikolichek Plumbing and Heating, located in rural Winsted. His dad, Harvey, owned Harvey's Plumbing and Heating in rural Silver Lake for 10 years.

Mikolichek has almost 15 years experience in the plumbing and heating industry. He started working with his dad at the age of 15, he said. He worked with his dad through high school and college.

He has more experience before the age of 30 than most other professionals.

Mikolichek offers a variety of services, including residential, remodel, light commercial, service, and air conditioning installation, he said. He is bonded and insured.

Besides knowing plumbing and heating, Mikolichek is educated and has two degrees ­ one in non-destructive testing from Ridgewater College, and the other in engineer manufacturing technology with a minor in quality control from St. Cloud State.

After college, he worked as a project and quality engineer at Production Tool in Plymouth for two years.

Mikolichek then went to work for a plumbing company TEK Mechanical Service in Hutchinson for two years before the change of hands April 1 in the Mikolichek family business.

While working for TEK, he worked on residential projects and also ran a crew on commercial jobs, he said.

The best thing about being his own boss is that "he is located close to home and is working for people he knows," he said.

"I like it a lot. When work calls, I go," he said. Service calls can come at any time and it's part of the job, he said.

In looking towards the future, Mikolichek is hoping to expand his business, he said.

"With the continued growth in the area, I would like to grow," he said. "I'd like to have two crews within a year."

In the meantime, Harvey helps out on a part-time basis when needed, Mikolichek said.

Mikolichek's main area of work is in a rough 30-mile radius, he said.

In his free time, Mikolichek spends time with his wife, Tiffany, who is due with their first child in September, as well as playing volleyball, he said.

For Mikolichek's services, call (320) 395-2002.

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