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W.J. Maloney named Western Contractor of the Year

W.J. Maloney Plumbing has been selected as the first-ever Reeves Journal Western Contractor of the Year and will be featured in the publication’s September issue.

Reeves Journal is the oldest publication in the plumbing industry, founded in 1920. The monthly publication serves the Western United States’ plumbing, heating and cooling (P-H-C) industry by delivering information that is topical, timely and relevant to its readers.

Jack Sweet, Reeves Journal’s editor, said W.J. Maloney Plumbing was selected for this honor based on a combination of its extensive high-profile commercial projects around Phoenix, its long-tenured residential plumbing business (since 1964) and the leadership’s can-do philosophy.

“The W.J. Maloney commercial projects list reads like a city directory, with everything from municipal facilities, colleges and high schools, hospitals, restaurants and sports facilities represented,” Sweet stated.

“My team and I were elated when we heard the news that we were chosen as the first-ever Western Contractor of the Year,” said Kathryn “Kitty” Maloney-Langmade, president of W.J. Maloney Plumbing. “Everyone here cares so much about their work.  It’s a tremendous honor to have their hard work recognized.”

Since 1964, W.J. Maloney Plumbing has been a leading plumbing contractor in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area.  Working with many of the largest general contractors, the company has provided exemplary design build plumbing, from tenant improvement to complex multi-story projects that include many of the most prominent buildings throughout the state.

Some of W.J. Maloney Plumbing’s public projects include Component I of the $590 million renovation of Terminal 3 and the PHX Sky Train Project at Sky Harbor International Airport, Sloan Park, the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, the Surprise Spring Training Complex, a major solar thermal project at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the Mariposa Land Port of Entry expansion near Nogales and numerous schools throughout the Valley.

Other recent projects for W.J. Maloney Plumbing include the historic 13-story Monroe Hilton Garden Inn, Phases I, II, III and IV of CityScape in downtown Phoenix,  the Hayden Ferry Lakeside project in Tempe and a broad scope of work in the medical and healthcare sector, including:  Copper Springs Hospital in Avondale, the Orthopedic and Spine Inpatient Surgical (OASIS) Hospital in Phoenix,  the Veteran’s Administration’s Southeast Healthcare Clinic in Gilbert, St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center in Glendale, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Movement Disorders Clinic at St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and  La Loma Village assisted living complex in Litchfield Park.

Sky Harbor Terminal 3 exterior

W.J. Maloney Plumbing adds Sky Harbor project

W.J. Maloney Plumbing has been selected to provide plumbing contracting services for Component I of the $590 million renovation of Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The three-stage renovation project is expected to be completed in 2020.  Component I includes a major renovation of the Terminal 3 Processor building, including the mezzanine, passenger, service and street levels.  The south and north concourses of the terminal will be renovated in Components II and III.

W.J. Maloney Plumbing is providing design-assist plumbing services, with HuntAustin, a joint venture, serving as the general contractor for the overall project.

“Having worked on the recent PHX Sky Train project at the airport, our team has great familiarity with the airport and the terminal modernization project, which will provide an enhanced customer experience and create a more efficient terminal for passengers,” said  Kathryn “Kitty” Maloney-Langmade, president of W.J. Maloney Plumbing. “We have a solid history of adding value to public works projects and this airport assignment will be no different.”


Maloney-Langmade becomes leader of men

There are not many people in the world who can say they are a licensed plumber, have an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and are a mother to three daughters, ages 7, 11 and 12.

Kathryn “Kitty” Maloney-Langmade can make those claims.

The president of W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling leads a vibrant plumbing contracting company in a male-dominated industry. Some of her company’s recent projects include the new Chicago Cubs spring training complex in Mesa, the Veteran’s Administration Southeast Healthcare Clinic in Gilbert, Phase IV of CityScape Phoenix, a major solar thermal project at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and the Sky Train Project at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Az Business magazine caught up with Maloney-Langmade — whose company won consecutive Best of the Best Awards for safety from SCF Arizona — for a Q&A.

How did you get into the plumbing business?
My father and mother started W.J. Maloney Plumbing in 1964.  I grew up in and around the business. My dad was always working in the field and my mother performed the bookkeeping. Upon returning from my honeymoon, I learned my mother’s secretary had left the company.  My mother asked me to come to the plumbing shop to help her out with payroll and I never left.

Are there any aspects of the industry that are made more difficult because you are a woman?
Growing up, I always heard and learned about construction but I was not in the field with my father.  Often times, I wish I had the mechanical, hands-on expertise and years of experience that my father had.  To carry on his tradition of quality workmanship, I have had to surround myself with key people who have the same mechanical skill that he possessed.

Are there any benefits to being a woman in a male-dominated industry?
My experience is that both men and women in construction go out of their way to be supportive, kind, courteous and helpful.  People want me to succeed.  They know construction is a tough road.  I am lucky to have received good advice and help.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Turning the company around during difficult times.  We were in a pattern of winning work and doing jobs, but were losing money. Meeting and listening to my key foremen who have been with the company for years, I was able to learn and understand changes that needed to happen. I was able to get the company moving in the right direction when I put together a solid leadership team.  We are now able to estimate, win and perform good work.  We have a great team in place now and the momentum continues to build and grow.