Savage and Son, Inc. is Nevada’s oldest and strongest full-service plumbing, HVAC, and piping contractor – serving both residential and commercial clients alike. We care about each of our clients, from a modest home repair to a remodel to a commercial high-rise. We have proudly served the northern Nevada and surrounding California communities since 1893.
We specialize in wetside mechanical systems, commercial high-rise fabrication, boilers, chillers, high purity systems, medical gas and several other Mechanical services for industrial and commercial projects. Savage and Son has performed and succeeded on several of the most demanding and complex projects. We have generations of happy clients – be it from a quick repair at a fair price, a full remodel, or high-quality professional plumbing work.
We offer our proven reliability of the past and the innovation of the future to settle for nothing but the best. We strive to provide quality workmanship, efficient scheduling, safe and professional employees and most importantly, the deserved value for all of our customers.
The Savage family traces its local roots back to Leonard Coates Savage in Virginia City in 1859. Leonard was highly involved in helping to pipe water out of the silver mines in Virginia City. The former Pony Express rider was looking for wealth in the silver mines, and nearly found it. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to afford development of the Savage mine, and he found himself in a gambling hall dealing his claim to some bankers from the Bay Area in exchange for seven ore claims on Peavine and a white horse named Shakespeare. It turns out that the claim Leonard dealt became one of the most lucrative claims on the Comstock. Leonard’s luck in the gambling hall didn’t turn the Savage family into millionaires, but it did propel them to be the family that they are today – valuing hard work, ingenuity, loyalty and character. Success wasn’t something that could be dealt in a gambling hall one night, but rather earned, daily.
Leonard’s son, Frank Charles Savage, established Genesy & Savage Plumbers and Tinners in Virginia City, and in 1893 moved to Reno to create his own plumbing business – located behind the Wigwam coffee shop on Sierra Street (one block South of the El Dorado Hotel / Casino). The company repaired everything from steam boilers to walk-in refrigerators on ranches.
The company grew rapidly along with the growth of the Biggest Little City. In 1941, then owner, Leonard Charles (Frank Charles’ son) moved the storefront location to South Virginia Street (just south of California Ave., where Michael’s Deli currently does business). The family thought that that Leonard was crazy for moving “so far outside of Reno.” Of course, Reno has far expanded its city limits past the 1941 location.
A member of the Savage family has been running the company every single day since its creation more than 120 years ago. Savage and Son plans to continue to be a very present and contributing member of our community, for generations to come.
Len Savage – President
Len is a fifth generation native Nevadan. Len began his journey in this industry with a degree in Business Management/Finance from the University of Santa Clara. From there, he became a Project Manager/Estimator at O.C. McDonald Co. in San Jose, California. Since 1986, Len has been highly involved in all major Savage and Son projects. He is a family man first and foremost. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and outdoor recreation.
- Certified Master Plumber
- Board of Directors – Nevada Department of Transportation
- Member of American Society of Plumbing Engineers
- Member of Northern Nevada Mechanical Contractors (NAM)
- Member of Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)
- Member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows
- Major Investor – Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN)
- Member of Nevada Big Horns Unlimited and Nevada Waterfowl
Pete Savage – Vice President
Pete began his career at Savage and Son in 1983 after graduating with a degree in accounting from Santa Clara University. He passed his CPA exam during his senior year at the university and still managed to excel in his academic performance, which earned him the status of magna cum laude. His management philosophy emphasizes on team building and a “people first” mentality. Pete is a proud father of three and has been married to his wife Debbie since 1986.
- Baseball coach at Reno High School since 1995
- Believes in the “Kaizen” management philosophy – excellence by getting 1% better every day
Dan Reinhardt – Chief Estimator
Dan’s spent most of his life on this career path, from his family’s business to attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for a degree in Air Conditioning/Refrigeration/Engineering. He’s seen every kind of job in every kind of condition – including a memorable job for the Village at Mammoth when he and his team worked through 15 feet of snow. Dan also enjoys fly fishing, chukar hunting, and hiking.
- 35 years of industry experience
- With Savage and Son Since 1990
- Bachelor’s degree in Air Conditioning/Refrigeration/Engineering from Cal Poly
Jack Nieradzik – Project Manager / Estimator
Jack joined the Savage and Son team in 1996. His experience spans decades, making him one of the best in his field. Jack is former Navy, also enjoys hiking, swimming, gardening, and hunting upland game.
- Certified master plumber
- Board of Directors – Nevada Board of Plumbing Examiners (since 2008)
- 35-year member of American Waterworks Association
- Former license holder of grade 1 and 2 water and waste water operator (CA, AZ)
Zac Canale – Project Manager / Estimator
Zac, a Reno native, graduated from Reed High School. After graduating he attended Local Union 350’s Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Program, and began working at Savage and Son in 2006. With 14 years’ experience, Zac is certified and knowledgeable in all aspects of Savage and Son’s commercial/industrial construction. Zac enjoys spending his free time with his family (wife, son and daughter), coaching his children’s sports teams and playing fantasy football.
- Medical Gas Certified
- State of Nevada Journeyman Plumber
Boone Lawrence – Design Development & Fabrication
Native Nevadan, Boone, has been with Savage and Son since 1997. Boone is an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and offroading.
- Medical Gas certified
- Weld certified
- Mine Safety and Health Administration certified
- Back flow certified
L.J. Savage – Project Manager / Estimator
L.J. is a 6th generation native Nevadan and 5th generation Savage family member working within the company. He attended California State University, Sacramento where he received his B.S. in Construction Management and a Minor in Business Administration. L.J. is currently attending the University of Nevada Reno to obtain his Master’s degree. He spends his free time whitewater rafting, fly fishing, hunting, camping and training his black lab, Jet, for hunt tests.
- Master’s Business Administration (MBA) emphasis in Information Technology- Project Management (Spring 2017)
- Bachelor’s Construction Management (Engineering)
- Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Student Chapter
- UCLA Extension (Engineering & Technology) – Advanced Plumbing Systems Design Certificate
John Roelle – CAD/BIM, Detailer, Project Manager
John joined the Savage and Son team in 2013 and brought 24 years of plumbing and piping experience with him. John has been involved with every aspect of the industry and now leads our design team with AutoCAD and BIM technologies. In his spare time, John enjoys woodworking and is an avid motorcycle enthusiast.
- Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 Certified Professional
- A.U.G.I. Member
- Nevada State Certified Journeyman Plumber
- UA Certified Foreman
- Medical Gas Certified
- UA Apprenticeship Committee Member
- UA Apprenticeship Instructor
Dave Frickhoeffer – Residential/Remodel Manager
Dave’s journey with Savage and Son began in 1989 as he began the apprenticeship program, and he has stayed as a part of the team ever since. Progressing through the years, Dave now manages residential and remodel projects. In his free time, Dave spends time with his family, and enjoys riding quads and off-road vehicles, shooting, and archery.
- Certified plumber in the state of Nevada
Don Nowaczewski – Service Manager
Don is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. He moved to Nevada in 1979 and worked in the Plumbing Wholesale and Construction Supply industry before going to work for Savage and Son in 1993. With over 30 years experience, Don is very knowledgeable in plumbing parts and repairs. He has been involved in youth sports programs coaching Little League Baseball, Pop Warner Football, and various baseball travel teams. Catch Don’s son, Mark pitching for UNR in the spring baseball season.
Janine Winkelmaier – Showroom Manager
Janine joined Savage and Son in 2013 and brings her desire to create a beautiful environment coupled with an interior design degree to the showroom. She enjoys working with every customer that comes in looking for assistance making small to large improvements to their kitchen or bathroom. Janine and her two sons have lived in Reno for over 25 years and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities together.
- Member of National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA)
Monica Lawrence – Showroom Sales
Monica began her journey in the Savage and Son Showroom in April 2015. She enjoys working with customers, and helping them turn their vision into a reality. During her time away from the showroom she enjoys the outdoors with her 3 sons and husband. They enjoy camping, hiking, and exploring our great state of Nevada!
Dennis Borge – Procurement
Native Nevadan. Spent 21 years in wholesale plumbing business before joining Savage and Son in 1993. Away from work Dennis enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, and exploring Nevada.
Andy Tracy – Shipping/Receiving/Logistics
Christine Silva – Accounting
Christine has lived in the Reno area since 1971. She graduated in 1983 from University of Nevada Reno with a degree in accounting, and began her career as a CPA in 1985. Christine has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, beginning with Marnell Corrao in Las Vegas and most recently with TNT Construction, until joining the Savage and Son team in June 2015. Outside of the office Christine loves gardening, spending time with her family and cooking.
Savage and Son Accounting & Customer Service Staff
When you place a call to Savage and Son, most likely you speak to one of these fabulous ladies. Shelly, Virgi, Judy and Lynda have all been with Savage and Son for many years. Each of them has outstanding customer service skills and make every effort to ensure your need is addressed quickly.
- Trained Union Plumbers / Pipefitters / Welders (5 years schooling/on the job experience)
- Certified welding
- Backflow prevention and testing
- Med Gas Certification
- OSHA Lead certification
- Natural gas manometer testing
- OSHA 10 certification
- Nevada State Licensed Plumbers
- Crane and rigging certifications
- Mine work – MSHA trained and certified
- Weld certifications
- ASME IX, AWS D.1.1
- ASME IX, AWS D.1.1
- Medical gas – NFPA med gas installer / brazer
- Backflow prevention
- OSHA 10/30
- NV Energy – Renewable energy certified