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June 22, 2017: ‘Hearth Brats’ Leaving Hintonburg; The Burg’s oldest business relocates. | NEWSWEST on-line

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June 22, 2017: ‘Hearth Brats’ Leaving Hintonburg; The Burg’s oldest business relocates.

June 22, 2017: ‘Hearth Brats’ Leaving Hintonburg;
The Burg’s oldest business relocates.

By Randy Kroeker.

Residents who use Armstrong Street to bypass Wellington West traffic may have noticed a new sign at the corner of Pinhey Street, a short block north of Morris Formal Wear. “Moving to 1280 Innis Road August 2017”, on the side of the Hubert Heating building. This peaked our curiosity in the virtual Newswest newsroom, and this investigative neighbourhood reporter was dispatched to look into it.

Hubert Heating has been located at 101 Pinhey Street since its founding in 1922 by Henry Hubert and other family partners, a full 94 years ago. In time, Henry’s kids Rob and Sandy welcomed long-time staff members Eddie Brinkie and Mary-Anne Charbonneau into the partnership before retiring.

Rob will soon complete selling his ownership share to the sole remaining living partner, Jodie Charbonneau, Mary-Anne’s daughter.  Jodie recently met with Newswest for an interview.

Newswest: So how did you end up in this business?
I was a Hearth Brat, what we call kids who grow up in the business. I started hanging out in the store weekends and after school from the age of twelve. Then there were the summer jobs. After graduation I worked a few other places as an admin for a home builder, in health care, and for a battery manufacturer.

My mom asked me to come back to Hubert to help out in the office. Over time, as partners and finally my mom retired, I increasingly came downstairs to help with sales, took over more responsibility and eventually ended up “The Last ‘Man’ Standing”. Unlike other heating companies we remain specialized in residential heating of mostly Canadian and some European products.

Newswest: Who else is on your team?
We have General Manager Kim, a fellow Hearth Brat who grew up in the business; Rob who is Warehouse Manager; and we have a couple of excellent two-man installation crews led by Tom who is Foreman; We plan to stick to our current size and continue to leverage new office technology going forward.

Newswest: Why are you moving?
The business is expanding and we have outgrown the space. Our territory is Ottawa-wide and 90% of our business is referral and multi-generational, so we can be anywhere in the city. Unlike other heating companies we remain specialized in residential heating of mostly Canadian and some European products.  After a lot of research we ended up with Innis Road for our new location.

Newswest: Any unusual customer stories?
Last week a customer called up to say since 1952 he has been enjoying a morning coffee in front of the same wood stove we installed. Called just to tell us that. We sold wood-burning products before switching to mostly gas units in the 1980’s.

On behalf of Newswest and the hood, thank you to the Hubert Heating team for decades of service and best wishes for your new location.

view of store and adjoining 2 storey building

Warm wishes for your new home.

Photo Caption: Hubert Heating began back when the Beach foundry was still making the stoves of the Canadian westward expansion. Soon it will go East to 1280 Innis Road in Ottawa.

Side view from Armstrong and Pinhey.

Month to go…

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