300 Downtown Plaza
Fairmont, MN 56031

Monday-Friday
8:00am-5:00pm

(507) 235-5278

History

Total Comfort Systems, Inc. was started in February 1985 by Ken Wolter, Brad Malmanger and Randy Cress. All three were employed by Johnny's Plumbing and Heating of Fairmont. Total Comfort acquired the assets of Johnny's P&H and operated out of the Johnny's location at 1010 E. 4th street for about four years. Later TCS purchased the former J.C. Penney's building with a new showroom, sheet metal shop, stockroom, garage and off street parking, operating a complete residential and commercial plumbing, heating, cooling and refrigeration business. In 1999 Randy Cress left Total Comfort and founded Cress Refrigeration, specializing in commercial refrigeration for grocery stores and restaurants. Total Comfort Systems remains a local contractor serving a 30 mile radius around Fairmont in Minnesota only, offering 24-hour service and repair. Lennox furnaces and air conditioners have always been the main equipment line for Total Comfort with a complete line of repair parts and service training in all makes and models of equipment.

Ken Wolter, a life-long resident of Martin County, grew up in the Granada/Huntley area. After high school, Ken served as a helicopter repair tech for the U.S. Army in Vietnam. After his military service, Ken worked for Tessier Sheet Metal, doing sheet metal installation work. Next he worked with Ken Blomstrom, forming Blomstrom & Wolter Plumbing and Heating. Ken then went on to join Johnny's P&H before starting Total Comfort Systems, Inc. with Brad and Randy.

Brad Malmanger, a lifelong resident of Fairmont, started working for Carl Novinger at the Ben Franklin Store in downtown Fairmont as a stock boy. After high school, Brad attended Iowa Lakes Community College for Business Administration and was promoted to Asst. Manager, then Manager at Ben Franklin. Brad changed careers in 1974 to become an apprentice plumber for Johnny's P&H, obtaining his Journeyman then Master Plumbing license. He started Total Comfort Systems, Inc in 1985 with Ken and Randy. 

Ken and Brad have continued to operate Total Comfort Systems, Inc. for 30+ years. Some of TCS commercial projects through the years have been:

  • Victoria States Crossing/Fairmont Orthopedics (1999)
  • Pizza Hut/Taco Bell of Fairmont (2000)
  • Bank Midwest Armstrong (2001)
  • Pierce Office Building Fairmont (2002)
  • F.O.S.M. Addition Fairmont (2003)
  • Wendy's (2005)
  • CCC Dulcimer Medical/Family Dentistry Fairmont (2008)
  • Rosen's Addition Fairmont (2010)
  • Bank Midwest data Center Fairmont (2010)
  • Bank Midwest Jackson (2011)
  • China Buffet Fairmont (2011)
  • Bank Midwest Fairmont (2012)
  • Fairmont Farmers Remodel (2013)
  • Minnesota Motor Bus Addition (2013)
  • True Valve Fairmont (2013)
  • Goldfinch Addition (2014)
  • Hardee's Remodel (2015)