1942 – Weldon Buchanan started Weldon Buchanan Electric after working for Lloyd Bettger Electric for 5 years. They installed complete hydro systems for the first time in many farms, residences and small businesses.
1945 – Weldon opened a shop in Milverton which sold appliances, grain grinders, milking machines and Pittsburgh Paints.
1949 – Weldon hired Willard Schmidt, a refrigeration mechanic. He passed his refrigeration knowledge on to many of the employees until his retirement in the late 1970’s.
1950 – Jim Hall joined Weldon to become Buchanan & Hall. He had experience selling Bettger Industries grain grinders and hammer mills. He served as the Sales Manager.
1950 – Dari-Kool spray can coolers were sold and serviced from the Milverton location. Buchanan & Hall manufactured and sold about 100 spray can coolers under the label Sterling Milk Coolers, soon after getting into the direct expansion bulk milk tank business.
1953 – The property at 615 Huron Street (Corner of Huron St and O’Loane Ave) in Stratford was purchased and a new shop was built.
1954 – The first direct expansion bulk milk coolers were sold by Buchanan & Hall. Over 4000 used and new bulk milk coolers have been installed up to present time.
1959 – The first expansion to the shop at 615 Huron Street took place as the business started to expand.
1965 – Buchanan & Hall became incorporated in Ontario as Buchanan & Hall Limited.
1968 – Bob Buchanan became the first certified Refrigeration Mechanic in Perth, Huron and Bruce counties. In fact, Buchanan & Hall had the first 4 Certificates of Qualification for Refrigeration in these areas. Up until 1964 the Ontario Department of Labour didn’t recognize Refrigeration as a trade. Since 1968, over 30 different apprentices have obtained their license through Buchanan & Hall.
1968 – Buchanan & Hall became a Mueller milk tank dealer, winning many awards during the 1970’s for Canada’s largest Mueller dealer.
1969 – The lot size at 615 Huron Street was increased with the purchase of the Finegan Dairy property from DHO.
1975 – A second expansion onto the shop at 615 Huron Street too place.
1982 – Buchanan & Hall installed their first ground source (geothermal) heat pump. As heat pump technology continued to advance, and the geothermal industry started to take shape, B&H continued to lead the way with innovative applications. With over 34 years of experience, Buchanan & Hall has become a national leader in the geothermal heating and cooling industry.
1989 – Buchanan & Hall became a WaterFurnace geothermal heat pump dealer.
2005 – Buchanan & Hall was sold to Rob Anderson. Rob had worked for Buchanan & Hall since 1985.
2009 – Buchanan & Hall purchased their first horizontal directional drilling machine. Primarily used to install geothermal ground loops, B&H used innovative techniques to develop this method of installing ground loops, with minimal disruption to the soil above. We’ve installed hundreds of ground loops using this method, often in places where any other method would not be possible.
2015 – Buchanan & Hall built a new facility at 551 Wright Boulevard in Stratford. The old property at 615 Huron Street was sold.