Published On: Wed, Nov 2nd, 2011

Former employees buy out KPH, change name

HARTINGTON — A Hartington business that has been around for over 70 years has been sold.
Roger and Rosalie Koch and Mark and Shawntel Tramp have purchased Kathol Plumbing and Heating (KPH) which is located on Main Street, Hartington.
Koch and Tramp have both worked for the business for several years.
Koch-Tramp Plumbing & Heating, LLC will continue to provide quality service to customers in Hartington, as well as to people in Northeast Nebraska and Southeast South Dakota.

Koch and Tramp have the right education and both have many years of experience working in the plumbing, heating and cooling field.
Koch worked at Art Kathol Appliance, Bow Valley, from 1969 – 1988; part-time while he completed his education at Northeast Community College, Norfolk, in 1971 and then full-time for the next 17 years.
In June 1988, Koch along with other partners purchased the KPH business and building from Clara Kathol and family. Gene and Jolene Kathol had operated the business for many years – the business was sold due to the untimely death of Gene.
Jolene stayed and worked as a secretary for the business for a number of years.
The business was sold to Hartelco in September 1999, but continued to operate under the name of KPH.
Koch continued working as the Service Manager until the present time.
Tramp graduated from Northeast Technical Community College with an associate degree in heating, air conditioning and refrigeration.
After graduation in 1983, Tramp began his employment with Kinning and Reil Inc. Installing large commercial HVAC from 1983-1992.
“After nine years of traveling with Kinning and Reil I decided to work closer to home,” Tramp said.
Tramp worked for Murray’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning and then became employed with KPH in 1995.
Koch and Tramp took over Nov. 1, and will continue to offer the same service and installation of heating, cooling and plumbing as it has in the past. The business also rents and sells water softeners.

Koch will be doing appliance service. Shawntel will work as the secretary and work with accounts for the new business.
“We will continue to run the business in the same location, continuing a long stranding tradition of providing for the heating, cooling, plumbing and water softener needs of northeast Nebraska and southeast South Dakota,” Koch said.
Roger and Rose, who live in Hartington, have three married children living in St. Joseph, Mo.; Omaha and Lincoln, along with six grandchildren.
Mark and Shawntel live in Crofton and have five children, all at home.