LaPensee celebrates 25 years
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
From left, Mike LaPensee, Karen LaPensee, Greg LaPensee and
Shawn LaPensee are ready to help with your plumbing needs.
Twenty-five years ago there was just Mike LaPensee and his old Datsun truck providing plumbing services to Anna Maria Island. Today not only does he have a new truck, he has 20 of them or at least LaPensee Plumbing & Pools does. On Aug. 1, LaPensee Plumbing & Pools will be celebrating 25 years in business, and although Mike LaPensee has recently retired, LaPensee Plumbing & Pools continues to be a thriving family affair.
During the course of 25 years Karen and Mike LaPensee have gradually built their business based on quality products and a reputation for customer service. Through the years they added services, high end merchandise and a living showroom unlike any in Manatee County. Now with the addition of their two children working full time in the business and 23 employees, LaPensee Plumbing & Pools is continuing to branch out and respond to the needs of the community.
As president of LaPensee Plumbing & Pools, Karen LaPensee continues to run the day-to-day operation of the business. In addition, she is active in the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce and has also been a loyal organizer of the annual Anna Maria Tour of Homes. Greg LaPensee is vice president and in charge of all company services, remodeling projects and is licensed for both plumbing and gas installations. After graduating from Florida State University, Shawn LaPensee started updating the company’s marketing plan with an eye towards future growth, and has recently launched a detailed and improved website.
However, the hallmark of LaPensee Plumbing & Pools is the building and interactive living showroom they opened two years ago. The showroom is unique in that the displays are functional with flowing water and the ability to demonstrate showers, sinks, toilets, tubs and other products. The showroom is not only a great place to get remodeling ideas and make decisions, but it’s so attractive you’ll have trouble tearing yourself away.
Beautiful vessel sinks, special bathroom vanities, kitchen sinks and cabinets, pedestal sinks and a vast selection of bathroom and kitchen faucets are on display. There is also a selection of low flow toilets and over 20 living showerheads making the showroom a truly educational experience.
In addition to LaPensee’s full menu of plumbing services, including the only 24-hour emergency water truck on the island, installation of tankless water heaters and irrigation, they offer both residential and commercial pool services. According to Greg LaPensee, the company has four employees in its pool division who can handle maintenance, pumps, pool remodels as well as pool cleaning.
He also points out LaPensee is licensed to install natural and propane gas and reminds everyone that natural gas is already available on many parts of the island with more gas lines scheduled. Natural gas has a financial savings over propane for pool heating, indoor and outdoor cooking and a variety of other applications.
Mike LaPensee may be putting his feet up, relaxing and volunteering with the Rotary, but the rest of the LaPensee clan are hard at work making sure they provide the same quality service LaPensee Plumbing & Pools has always been known for. Whether you’re looking to replace the bathroom faucet or the entire bathroom, visit their living showroom and learn about the glamour of living with flowing water.
LaPensee Plumbing & Pools
401 Manatee Ave.,
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Weekends by appointment
& Discover Cards Accepted