In 1914, brothers Albert O. and Harry Reed opened
a small plumbing business. In 1955, Harry’s sons,
Jim and Don Reed, took over management of the
firm, which was basically a plumbing company,
although it soon became one of the early
pioneers in the infant air conditioning industry.
In 1982, son-in-law Ed Andrade took the reins as
President and held that position until 1994, when
his son, Steve, took over. Steve remains as CEO &
Chairman at A.O. Reed & Co. with David Clarkin as
the President since 2014.
From the very start, A.O. Reed has passed knowledge
from one generation to the next. Our leadership and
skilled craftsman share their dedication and deep
commitment to the long-term future of A.O. Reed,
our employees, our loyal clients, and our community.
1980s: Significant commercial plumbing & HVAC projects include Balboa Navy Hospital & Cogen, Seaworld Polar Bear and Penguin Encounter, Fox Plaza (studio property), American Plaza, First Interstate Plaza, and Imperial Bank Tower
2000s: Significant projects include Mercy Hospital-central plant, Century City Towers-central plant, Sharp Memorial, Rady Children’s Hospital, Disneyland’s Cars Land and California Adventure, Smart Corner, Park Laurel, Pendleton Hospital, and Pacific Beacon
2014: A.O. Reed completes the Naval Hospital at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and is presented with two awards from the General Contractors of America: Best New Building Project and the Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering award (Our mechanical team provided a design/build delivery method for the commercial HVAC and plumbing systems that was complete 6 months ahead of schedule and under the Navy’s original budget.)