State Automatic Heating & Cooling was started in 1929 by Les Frantz. After working for Sinclair Oil Refining Co. for 2 years, Les developed a large customer base and decided to start ‘State Oil Burner Co.’ with Ken Swinford. The pair serviced Coal Stokers and Oil Lamps.
In 1937 State Oil Burner Co. became ‘State Automatic Heating & Cooling Corp.’ and in 1944 Les bought out his partner and was on his own. He has four sons, all of which worked for him at one time or another.
Gary Frantz, the second of Les’ four sons, joined the ranks in 1966 and soon became a primary owner. He began helping his father as a teen, putting fittings away and organizing the shop.
James Gates joined the team in 1990, bringing with him his new construction HVAC expertise, after marrying Gary’s daughter, Kelly.
Jim’s father, Bob Gates Sr. (joined in 1998), and two brothers, Bob Jr. (1988) and Mike (1992) Gates are also part of the ‘family team’.
In 1998, Kathy, Gary’s oldest daughter, came aboard to administrate the office work flow matters; currently we have our 4th Generation joining in: James in 2006 and Josh in 2007 (Jim’s sons) to add some fresh energy, so it has become quite a family affair. Our remaining employees, who are like family, have also been with us a long time: Mark (1978), Dave (1996), José (2003), Annie (2004), John (2016 ), Tim (2017), and Will (2021).
Today, we are honored that the majority of our business is largely from referrals.
Les, (deceased 2005 at 98 years old ) was proud of what State Automatic had become.
We firmly believe that the internet should be available and accessible to anyone, and are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability.
To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
If you’ve found a malfunction or have ideas for improvement, we’ll be happy to hear from you. You can reach out to the website’s operators by using the following email
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility, adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological advancements. For any assistance, please reach out to