About Us

The Last 100 Years or So..

Herbert Sturdivant

In 1894, Herbert M. Sturdivant came to Springdale with his mother and father from Iowa at the age of 11. He worked as a sheet metal mechanic for A.L. Emory in Springdale until Emory decided to quit the business.

In 1905, he purchased a set of sheet metal tools in Seymore, MO for $50, a few plumbing tools from Kimmons and Walker and went into business for himself.

A fire wiped out his business and inventory on New Year's Day in 1915. He rebuilt the business and was active there until 1940 - when he died on the job.

Early Sturdivant's Shop

Before he died, Herbert Sturdivant had a vision for the future of heating and air. He installed his first Lennox heating system in 1922 and became a Lennox furnace dealer in 1937. Sturdivant's later became the largest Lennox dealer in Northern Arkansas.

Marston and Herb Sturdivant

His son Marston took over after Herbert died and became a leader in the plumbing industry in Arkansas. He also served as a director for the Associated Mechanical Contractors of Arkansas. Marston's son, Herb joined the business while a teenager.

Marston and Herb were a father-son team well into the 70's and went down in history as pioneers of heating and cooling in Arkansas.

Rick Sturdivant

Today, Rick Sturdivant, now the 4th generation to hold the reins, operates on the same principles his great-grandfather, his grandfather and his father did - what they said to their customers - what appeared on Sturdivant's advertising in the 40's, 50's, 60's...

"your assurance of complete satisfaction"

Sturdivant's Heating, Air Conditioning and Air Purification still believe that success comes from making their customers happy. It's not a position they ever expect to reach, even after a 100 years or so, it's something they must do each time they serve a customer.

1950 Crew

1955 Crew

From left to right

Front Row

  • Victor Franco
  • Glenn Burnett
  • Herb Sturdivant
  • Johnny Franco

Back Row

  • Earnest Piazza
  • Jack Napier
  • Guy Mayes
  • Mac Sisco
  • Marston Sturdivant
1970 Crew

1970 Crew

From left to right

Front Row

  • Marston Sturdivant
  • Herb Sturdivant

Back Row

  • Marvin Price Jr.
  • Victor Franco
  • Johnnie Franco
  • Earnest Piazza
  • James Bragg
  • Paul Walden
  • Bob Mayes
  • Lee Roy Horn