Masterworks Mechanical are masters of HVAC in Moffat County |

Masterworks Mechanical are masters of HVAC in Moffat County

Lauren Blair
Masterworks mechanic Vic Updike stands outside the company's storefront at 461 Yampa Ave. between calls. Updike has been with Masterworks for six years.
Lauren Blair

Masterworks Mechanical has been a mainstay in the Craig business community for nearly 27 years, providing for the Yampa Valley’s plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning needs.

“I realized in Craig, you have to be able to do a little of everything to make it work,” Masterworks owner Dave DeRose said. “I think we try to provide a service that no one else in the community does and try to provide that service at a fair price.”

The company can tackle anything from plumbing leaks to water heaters, from broken furnaces to new residential or commercial construction projects from Craig to Steamboat Springs. Local residents may have enjoyed the fruits of Masterworks’ labor without even knowing it at Yampa Valley Bank or Bank of Colorado in Craig, where radiant heating in the concrete keeps the drive-through and sidewalks clear of snow in the wintertime.

DeRose chalks up much of his company’s success to talented employees.

“I started hiring people that were talented and then going out and finding work for them to do,” he said.

Masterworks currently employs 15 people, four of whom have been with the company for more than 10 years — Darin Hickey and Frank Baron for 18 years, Ken Scott for 12 and Bob Gillam for 10.

DeRose places a high priority on training his employees in new skills and providing the means for them to continue to expand their skill set. He has twice brought a carbon monoxide training to Craig, for example, which drew contractors from around the Western Slope and as far away as Fort Collins, Denver and Durango.

“I think the most rewarding thing we’re able to accomplish is when the fire department calls up for a carbon monoxide issue and we’re able to go in there and fix it,’ DeRose said. “To know that no one else can go in there and fix it and we’re able to save their lives.”

Masterworks is also an avid supporter of Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado, and provides maintenance services to the city-owned building used by the club for free. The company has also been a supporter of the Bear River Young Life and the Young Life Car Show for several years.

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