In 1996, Doug Bowers, a veteran master plumber, founded Contrast Mechanical Inc. in a small office adjacent to an ice cream factory in Detroit, Michigan and laid the groundwork for what today is one of Michigan’s leading mechanical contractors. His goal was simple: deliver quality on-time services under a structure that makes sense to its workforce and clients.
By consistently delivering quality projects on time, Contrast Mechanical quickly outgrew its humble beginnings and, in 2001, moved to its own office and shop in Ferndale, Michigan. Out of its new office, Contrast expanded its services to offer pipe-fitting, fire suppression, welding and boiler services. Additionally, it began serving all of Southeastern Michigan.
In 2000, Paul Bowers joined Contrast, bringing his college background and field experience to help the company grow. Today, Paul is Vice President and is the lead estimator and project manager for Contrast.
Alongside the company growth, Contrast’s bonding capacity has increased significantly, now covering projects as large as brand new high school constructions.
In 2009, Contrast expanded again, moving its corporate offices to Macomb, Michigan, where it added a second shop and warehouse facility, including pipe fabrication operations. Contrast’s service offerings continue to grow as well, as it became a complete mechanical construction company, adding complete HVAC, insulation, controls and balancing to the services it provides. To round out its offerings, Contrast developed expertise in design/build projects as well.
Recognizing the need to maintain integrity in the profession, since 1997, Contrast has operated its own in-house apprentice plumber program in coordination with both the U.S. Dept. of Labor and local educational institutions, teaching the trade to a new generation of eager minds and fostering a sense of pride among its ranks. To date, it has graduated numerous journeyman plumbers into the workforce.
As a result of the continued demands of numerous satisfied new construction and renovation clients, in 2012, Contrast officially opened a service and maintenance division, which services all mechanical systems throughout southeastern Michigan. This new division allowed Contrast to continue to deliver the service it has provided for years.
In 2012, Ryan Bowers joined Contrast as VP Operations and General Counsel. Ryan previously practiced construction and surety law for eight years at several of the nation’s largest law firms. Ryan also brings a technology background to Contrast, having built and launched several websites and web applications.
Contrast is firmly established as a leader in mechanical construction in Michigan and remains dedicated to offering quality piping and mechanical systems. It also remains the forefront of the mechanical industry, with expertise in cutting edge applications such as geothermal and energy efficient systems. Contrast stays on top of our industry’s technology, both on site and in the office, so our clients will benefit from the most mechanically advanced systems available, as well as the most efficient and cost effective project delivery.
From the shop floor to the jobsite and boardroom, Contrast Mechanical’s professionals are dedicated to quality workmanship, uncompromising integrity and customer satisfaction.