When MacGregor Plumbing President Julie Wieman graduated from college with a psychology degree, she didn’t envision a career in plumbing. She was looking for a position in that field when, in 1991, her father John J. MacGregor asked her to help out at the family business.
“Two employees had health issues, it was in the middle of summer and they were crazy busy,” she says. “So Dad asked if I could come in and help, even though I had some other jobs going on. I came in and I’ve been here ever since.”
Wieman worked in every position at MacGregor Plumbing, except in the field, and her dad named her general manager in 2001. When he died in 2009, she inherited the company.
Harbor Springs, Mich.-based MacGregor Plumbing covers Emmet and Charlevoix counties in the northwest area of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. With 30 employees, the company does work in plumbing, heating and air, drain cleaning and pipe patching. Its two divisions are service and retrofit. The retrofit division not only does equipment changeouts, but small- and large-scale remodels and new construction as well.
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