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  The History of IHP

The year was 1923 and with $500 cash and a Ford car, E.L. Fitzpatrick and A.E. Ringer started Industrial Heating and Plumbing in a shop located in the basement of the Missouri Valley Trust Company, in downtown St. Joseph, MO and for the next several years worked on projects throughout Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas.

In 1934 IHP was awarded a contract for the heating and plumbing for a large construction camp at the Fort Peck Dam project in Montana. This project was a turning point for the family owned business and as a result IHP experienced successful company growth.

Early on during World War II, IHP headquarters was sending out work crews all across America. IHP was landing contracts throughout the state of Kansas at various military air bases and across the country at the Jacksonville Florida Naval Yard and Charleston, South Carolina. During this time IHP earned the Army-Navy “E” award for excellence for their contribution to the war effort.

Robert Fitzpatrick joined the company in 1948 and served as it’s President until 1995.

Edward Fitzpatrick joined the company in 1952 and served as Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer until 1995.

The Move

In 1953 IHP moved its operations to its current location at 8th and Duncan Street in St. Joseph, Missouri. In 1995 IHP had completed its first hydro-electric powerhouse at the Tenkiller Ferry Dam in Oklahoma while finishing another dam and powerhouse in Yankton South Dakota.

As a result of IHP’s extensive work on locks and dams along the Arkansas River Waterway, the company opened a branch office in North Little Rock, Arkansas in April 1972 and provides the full range of services that the St. Joseph facility provides. Shelby Smith was appointed Branch Vice-President.

Going World Wide

In the fall of 1975 IHP went world wide. Along with Green Construction Company, IHP began working on the complete mechanical, electrical and equipment installation work for the Royal Saudi Navy at the port of Dammam on the Arabian Gulf.

The late seventies saw the growth of the power plant business and so too IHP’s experience with the power industry through new plants in Hugo, OK and Ottumwa, IA and non-critical plumbing work at nuclear facilities in Nebraska and Washington. IHP was involved with the construction of five wood-fired cogeneration plants in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Missouri.
Name Change

The company changed its name in 1985 to IHP INDUSTRIAL INC. Military work picked up in the eighties and nineties with major work for IHP at King’s Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, GA. IHP also completed, among several projects, a large contract for the Submarine Drydock.

Aviation Fueling systems were the next IHP specialty project type which provides for x-ray quality welding of stainless steel piping which fuels the various aircraft. IHP is one of a select few who have the experience and staying power to support this dynamic specialty market.

Robert Fitzpatrick, Sr. and his brother Ed Fitzpatrick, Jr. propelled the company to its prominent position in a variety of construction industry specialty fields.

Since 1995. IHP has been managed by the third generation of the Fitzpatrick family. Dan Fitzpatrick along with his brother, John Fitzpatrick and Robert Fitzpatrick, Jr. and his brother David Fitzpatrick. All brothers bring individual talents and strengths to form a cohesive group well-qualified to lead the business into the future.


IHP is both a local and national company serving our customers with excellence in mechanical contracting. We are confident, we are able, we are proud of our past, and excited about our future-we are…IHP.

St. Joseph Office - 1701 S. 8th Sreet. - PO Box 578 - St. Joseph, MO 64502 - 816.364.1581
Little Rock Office - 3201 East Kiehl Avenue - North Little Rock, AR 72120 - 501.835.5794
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