MEMPHIS, Tenn. — American Residential Services (ARS), a privately-held national provider of air conditioning, heating, and plumbing services, announced that it has acquired the assets of Weather Crafters, Chester, Virginia. Located in the Richmond area, it will be rebranded as ARS of Richmond.

“We are honored and privileged to be partnering with the talented Weather Crafters management team and dedicated staff, who share the ARS vision of delivering a best-in-class customer service experience,” said Dave Slott, president and chief operating officer of ARS.

Weather Crafters owner, Mark Bartlett, will continue to manage the Richmond-based HVAC business. “We are pleased to join the ARS team which shares our belief that exceptional customer service and industry-leading employment practices are vital for continued market leadership. Through this partnership we will take our services in the Richmond area to the next level,” said Bartlett.

Don Karnes, chief executive officer of ARS, added, “With this acquisition, ARS is increasing its strong presence in Virginia, which includes ARS/Rescue Rooter Manassas in Manassas, Virginia, McCarthy Services in Lorton, Virginia, and R.S. Andrews in Portsmouth, Virginia. We are thrilled to have Weather Crafters join our family.”

ARS operates a network of more than 70 locally-managed service centers in 22 states, with approximately 5,500 employees. The ARS/Rescue Rooter Network serves both residential and light commercial customers, providing HVAC, IAQ, plumbing, drain cleaning, sewer line, radiant barrier, and insulation services. For more information about ARS, visit

Publication date: 8/4/2016

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