Keller-Rivest was founded in 1949 by Bernie Keller as the exclusive representative for the Marley Cooling Tower Company in Indiana and concentrated solely on waterside heat transfer. Jim Rivest joined Bernie Keller in the mid 1960’s. Jim’s background was pumps and fluid handling systems and at that time Keller-Rivest combined fluid and heat transfer products generally for HVAC and process applications. In the early 1980’s Keller-Rivest added Weil pumps and started doing substantial business in the plumbing market, principally buildings with sump and sewage pumps and water pressure booster systems.
Bob Jacobi joined Keller-Rivest in 1990 and assumed ownership in on January 1, 1991. Bob grew up as a third generation mechanical contractor in Indianapolis and previously worked with General Electric and Carrier Air Conditioning in sales, sales management and general management.
In the early 1990’s Keller-Rivest started focusing on system sales and combining equipment with controls and specialties. This type of “systems” sales now accounts for over 30% of Keller-Rivest business. These are typically highly engineered systems.
Although system work is now very important to Keller-Rivest and certainly is an excellent entrée to owners and engineers, the bread and butter business is still selling individual components used in fluid and heat transfer systems for HVAC, process and plumbing.