Who We Are

Regal Plumbing & Heating is within the family of companies of Area Energy & Electric. Since the inception of Area Energy & Electric, the company has broadened its capabilities due to the market of demands. This has brought about a family of companies either expanded upon into Divisions of Area or companies purchased by Area. Regal Plumbing & Heating was acquired in 2008 by Area Energy & Electric, Inc. Keeping the same unique services that was already established, and adding new services to be able to better equip the growing plumbing and HVAC needs of the community.

Performance Oriented

Our employees make us who we are. To ensure our people continue to meet or exceed customer expectations, we provide the following “tools” to our valued employees:

  • Comprehensive Safety Program
  • Continued Improvement Incentives
  • Drug Testing
  • Profit Sharing Program
  • Training, Internships, & Seminars

These tools are in place to improve and motivate employee performance. The success of our skilled employees differentitates us from our competitors while exceeding the expectations of our customers.

Principles of Our Work

  • Customer Driven:

While there are similarities among electrical contractors, we have our own specific responsibility to our customers, based on each individual project. We’ve listened to our customers and have developed customized services to meet their varied, individual needs.

  • Capabilities:

Service/Repair – 24 Hour Emergency Service, Plumbing Service & Repair, HVAC Service & Repair, and Preventative Maintenance.

Equipment Installation – HVAC Systems, Chilled Water Systems, Cooling Tower Systems, Compressed Air Systems, Hot Water Systems, Steam Systems, and Boiler Installations.

New Construction – Design/Build and Renovation.

Specialty Services – Gas Piping, Process Piping, HVAC Service Contracts, Certified Welding, Medical Gas, Backflow Testing, and Sheet Metal Fabrication & Install.

These services are available for Commercial, Industrial, Institutional and beyond. Our capabilities are designed to meet tomorrow’s needs…today! Our “whatever it takes” philosophy to meet or exceed our customers expectations is what separates us from the rest.

  • Planning:

Our capabilities don’t just include installation. Our comprehensive design team can configure a customized plan to fit your individual needs. Our computer CAD system and computerized estimating allows us to quickly respond to both budget and hard dollar estimates in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Warehouse:

Our 20,000 square foot warehouse in Sidney and 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Marysville enables us to provide on-time delivery of material to meet our ever-changing market demands.

Our Management Team


Area Energy & Electric, Inc. began as an electrical contractor in 1983. Meet the eleven original employees of Area Energy & Electric, Inc. below. Photo taken October 10, 1983 when the business started.

Area Energy & Electric, Inc. takes great pride in their employees. Employees are the heart of their business and their loyalty make them what they are today. Many employees have been with Area Energy & Electric, Inc. for years and plan on retiring from there or have retired. Of the original eleven, only one person moved on.

Left to Right:
Front Row: Phil Grillot (Deceased), Elmer Schlater (Founder, Vice President, Retired), Roger Mack (Retired), Dean Steinke (Retired), Ron Starrett (Retired).
Back Row: John Marx (Deceased), Earl Berning (Retired), Tim Dietz (Moved on), Mark Copeland (Current Employee), Bob Schmidt (Current Employee), Ken Schlater (Founder, President, Current Employee).


Since Area Energy & Electric, Inc. inception it has broadened its capabilities due to the market of demands.These demands have brought about a family of companies either expanded upon in divisions of Area Energy & Electric or companies purchased by them. The purchased companies continue to operate under the original company name and reputation. See the timeline below.

1983 | Area Energy & Electric, Inc.

Electrical Contractor Specialists

An independent electrical contractor with the corporate office in Sidney, Ohio. Servicing residential, commercial, industrial and institutional electrical needs. With branch offices in Marysville, Columbus, Marion, Ohio and Greensburg, Indiana.

1986 | Area Energy & Electric, Inc.

Lighting Retrofit Specialists

Area Energy & Electric, Inc. added lighting retrofit capabilities to it’s expanding services. Specializing in high performance lighting to optimize energy efficiency and maximize lighting output. Servicing commercial and industrial facilities with significant lighting benefits.

1995 | Area Wireless Superstore

Digital Communications Specialists

A division of Area Energy & Electric, Inc. A leading telecommunications partner with Verizon Wireless, Dish Network, and Time Warner Cable. Providing top choices in wireless services for personal and business needs. Two storefronts located in Sidney, Ohio.

1998 | Ohio Valley Integration Services, Inc. - OVIS

Systems Integration Specialists

A low voltage, systems integration contracting firm specializing in the design, installation and service within the electronics field.

2008 | Regal Plumbing & Heating Company

Mechanical Contracting Specialists

Area Energy & Electric, Inc. acquired Regal Plumbing & Heating Company. Keeping the same unique services that was already established, and adding new services to be able to better equip the growing plumbing and HVAC needs of the community.

2018 OVABC Legacy Award Recipient: Ken Schlater