Sikora Sheet Metal growing in downtown IM

OWNER CRAIG HARRIS and his wife, office manager Angela Harris, outside Sikora Sheet Metal Inc. at 216 E. Hughitt St. in downtown Iron Mountain. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — When Sikora Sheet Metal became available in 2016, Craig and Angela Harris jumped at the chance.

“What was really appealing about this place was the history here. Being in business since 1946, with only two owners, that told us a lot about the business. You could feel the roots of it,” Craig Harris said.

“It was established in the community and people have been coming to the same location for years,” Angela Harris said.

The couple since has been remodeling, growing and expanding the business at 216 E. Hughitt St. in downtown Iron Mountain.

“The business had a lot of potential, but we needed to freshen it up and liven it up and get the public image back out there,” Craig Harris said.

First opened by Frank Sikora in 1946, the business has been a Lennox dealer since 1963. The Harrises in 2018 purchased Rick’s Mechanical, making them the only Carrier dealer in the area.

In addition to Carrier, the business sells Lennox, Heil, Weil-McLain, Lochinvar and Water Furnace Geo Thermal products.

“Our staff has the knowledge and expertise to complete jobs quickly and efficiently. As a full-service company, we offer 24-hour emergency service in the heating months, professional replacement /new installation services, as well as having a custom sheet metal shop allowing us to fabricate to your individual needs. We’re here to help you whether it be to repair, replace or maintain your equipment, big or small,” Angela Harris said.

Originally a “word of mouth” operation, Angela Harris developed a new brand logo and began advertising their new company. “When we bought the business there were only two employees. Now we have eleven,” she said.

Over the past couple years, Sikora has brought in a plumbing division, boilers, in-floor and geothermal heating and cooling and commercial refrigeration.

Acquiring Moroni’s Heating and Cooling in Aurora this past spring provided the opportunity to spread into Wisconsin.

“We are beyond excited to serve our community with our expanded services,” Craig Harris said.

Originally from Hermansville, Craig Harris got his training in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College before joining Robinson Metal in the heating and cooling division in Green Bay, Wis.

Wanting to move back to the Upper Peninsula, he took a job at Don’s HVAC in Escanaba, where he quickly moved up and became co-owner of the business.

Angela Harris originally from Carney, graduated from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wis., with a bachelor’s degree in business and human resources.

The Harrises have another up-and-coming business on the horizon. They purchased the building behind Sikora and have plans to announce something in the near future.

The couple lives in Vulcan with their two young daughters, Brielle and Callie.