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Mission Statement

Our company is built on a foundation of core values: trust, honesty, integrity and commitment. Our philosophy is simple; success is in the eyes of our customers.
Driven by a pursuit for excellence with our core values as our guide, we will strive to provide quality workmanship that not only meets the needs of our customers, but is performed in such a manner as to exceed their expectations. We will provide the highest level of service with the utmost integrity, honesty and accuracy in every task we do.
It's who we are!
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How We Started

In 1963, after serving in the United States Air Force, Jerry Hester began working for Magnavox in Urbana, Illinois. Seven years later, he began working for Gene's Refrigeration. In 1972 he purchased Twin City Refrigeration and in 1975 merged Twin City with Gene's Refrigeration to create a new company, TC & G Refrigeration, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. His wife Judy worked in the office of both companies, eventually training their daughter Sherry in the office side of the business. Their sons Steve and Scott both completed the apprenticeship training program through the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 149 and became an integral part of the company as service technicians.
In 1985, the company was sold to a large central Illinois mechanical company who had a desire to expand their small service department. Jerry held the position of Vice President and Service Department Manager. Steve and Scott served as service technicians and Sherry as the office manager. During the years Jerry managed the service department, it grew to the largest service department in the Champaign-Urbana area, employing 13 service technicians.
Pair of AC Units - AC Units in Urbana, Champaign & East Central Illinois
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sat-Sun Closed
24 hour emergency service
In 2000, the family founded Polar Refrigeration, LLC, changing the name to Polar Refrigeration, Heating & Cooling, Inc. in 2001.
In 2004 Steve and Sherry took over the helm of the company after the passing of Jerry. Steve serves as the company President and Sherry as Controller.
Today our goal remains the same as when Jerry started in the business; to offer quality sales, service and installation at reasonable prices and to exceed our customer's expectations while maintaining our core values of trust, honesty, integrity and commitment.
We would personally like to thank all of our customers for making our business a success! We look forward to serving you!

In Memory of Jerry Hester

To have known Jerry was truly a gift. Whether we knew him as Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Father-in-Law, Boss, or Neighbor, we all knew him as our friend. Usually unpretentious, he rarely boasted of his greatness, unless in a light hearted manner. Yet he could humble those of us who tried to outwit him. No challenge too great. With a little time and a little thought, he could make almost anything work. You could not help but learn from him, with his vast wealth of knowledge, always available for the asking. At times it would be intimidating to ask him for help with something you've worked on for hours on end to no avail, because you knew he would know the answer right away. He never talked down to anyone, but always on the same level. Some would say he made them feel important. He was always available to talk, no matter how small the problem. He was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. He judged no one, all were equally important and he made time for all. But he kept his problems to himself…never to be a burden to anyone. He had a calm demeanor about him. A kind of peace…like life was wonderful. He loved his family and friends, he loved his work and most of all he loved his boat. So much to do, so little time. He lived life the way he wanted to. And his time with us was ever so short, but he'll remain in our hearts and our thoughts forever.
Jerry D. Hester - Heating System in Urbana, Champaign & East Central Illinois
Jerry D. Hester
May 27, 1939 – April 22, 2004
By Steve Hester