Whitetail Plumbing: The apprentice becomes a master

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Born and raised in Sebring, Tim Schroeder went to Sebring Christian School and after he graduated, he started working in the plumbing trade. “All I knew at first was how to work a shovel,” laughs Tim. “I apprenticed for a time, working at both Highlands Plumbing and Shoemaker Plumbing, then took my master plumber’s test and got state-certified. I always wanted to start a family business,” says Tim. “My dad was an aluminum contractor and I worked with him while growing up. Not everyone is geared for college. If practical work is your talent, then focus on that. We need good quality licensed people in these fields. I knew I wanted something I could build for my own family.”

Ironically the boom happened right as Tim struck out on his own, opening Whitetail Plumbing. “It was crazy back then,” Tim remembers. “I had to hire on additional staff just to keep up.”

During the recession, Tim had to rebalance his business, effectively starting all over again. “The Lord helped us hang on,” he insists. “Each week brought in just enough money to pay the bills. We struggled through it by keeping our priorities straight. It was hard, but it trained me in faith. I worked through those difficult times and saw God’s provision. Now I don’t worry because He works it all out. That’s important because I have a lot riding on this business,” he laughs, pointing out his unusually large family of eight children.

Tim may have a big family, but he has opted to keep his business small from now on. “I get to give a better quality of work,” he says, adding how it also offers him the freedom to spend more time with his family. “Money isn’t everything,” Tim reminds, mentioning how he likes to take his kids fishing and hunting.

Quite passionate about these outdoor sporting activities, Tim mentions his eldest son, Buck, who worked with him before he entered the U.S. Army. “He suggested Doe as our first girl’s name, but I shot that down,” laughs wife Debra. “I love deer hunting so much,” explains Tim. “It’s the peacefulness of the woods, the quiet when you’re out there. I love having this quality time with my kids and teaching them about self-sustainability. That’s why the business is named Whitetail Plumbing and our motto is “We’re Hunting for Your Business.”

“The beauty of our business,” adds Tim, “Is that when you call us, you either speak to me, my wife Debra, or one of my sons. Right now my boys Ethan and Isaac work with me regularly. My son Levi will just be starting to help out this summer. We are all invested in this business and people who know us are always asking when the next boy’s going to start.”

In the twelve years Tim has operated his business, he’s enjoyed getting to know his customers on a first name basis. “A lot of former plumbers hire us. They appreciate that we are a family-owned and operated business. The father-son aspect is very appealing to them because they know we will do quality work. We warranty our work and stand by what we do. We may not be the cheapest, but we put our heart and soul into it. We get hired to re-do work from other jobs sometimes and it makes me wonder what people are thinking. This is a small town and if you don’t take care of people and do a good job, word gets out.”

“We hold ourselves to a higher standard,” explains Tim. “I tell my boys all the time, we will do the best of our ability on all jobs because we’re not just representing ourselves, the Schroeder family or Whitetail Plumbing; we’re representing The Lord. My grandpa started some of the local businesses in this community. We’re from here and we aim to give people the best plumbing service we possibly can. If you call us, you get us, no matter what time of the day it is,” reminds Tim. Whitetail Plumbing services all of Highlands County and the surrounding areas.

Source: http://highlandstoday.com/hi/news/the-apprentice-becomes-a-master-20150531/

Firemen too much for Elite Plumbing

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— Elite Plumbing gave it their all in Friday nights Dixie Ozone game against the Firemen, but the Firemen were too much and raced to a 14-2 victory at Max Long. All-State defeated Stewart Construction 13-3 in Friday’s other Ozone game.

Elite Plumbing started the game with a disadvantage. They were a person short but the Firemen filled in and gave them a right fielder.

“The kids showed great sportsmanship today,” said Firemen coach Isaac Martz. “I’m proud of how they played. We showed good progress.”

Firemen got out a huge lead in the bottom of the first. Mykal Batterbee and Landon Baker were both hit by the ball to put runners on first and second. Batterbee stole second and then third. Baker took second on a passed ball.

Mason Price hammered the ball into left field for a ground rule double, allowing Batterbee and Baker to score. Price took third on a passed ball and Ty Martz drew a walk putting runners on first and third.

Keegan White stepped to the plate and hit a rope into left field for a single driving home Price and increasing Firemen’s lead to 3-0. Connor Delaney knocked a ground ball up the middle to center field for a single driving home Martz extending the lead to 4-0.

Case McClelland drew a walk to load the bases. Aston Griffin hit a ground ball into left field for single driving home both White and Delaney for a two-run single to make it 6-0.

In the top of the second Firemen’s pitcher, McClelland, impressively struck out three hitters in a row.

In the bottom of the second, the Firemen increased their lead as Batterbee hit a line drive into left field for a single. Baker struck out, but the ball was dropped and he made it to first. Both Batterbee and Baker advanced on a passed ball putting runners in scoring position.

Price hit a sacrifice fly ball to right-center field that Elite Plumbing’s Azusena Gomez caught in the air. Batterbee tagged up at third and raced home, increasing Firemen’s lead to 7-0. Martz stepped to the plate and hit a ground ball up the middle to center field for a single and advancing Baker to third. Martz stole second putting runners on second and third.

White hit an infield single to score Baker. Delaney drew a walk to load the bases. McClelland also drew a walk to make it 9-0. With bases still loaded, Griffin knocked in another run to make it 10-0.

Bottom of the third the Firemen tacked on a few more runs. Batterbee hit a rope down the third baseline for a double. Baker copied him and hit the ball in the same exact spot driving home Batterbee for an RBI and Baker landed on second. Price hit a line drive to third base where Elite Plumbing’s third baseman Ridge Rego made an incredible stop. Price beat the throw to first and Baker advanced to third. Martz drew a walk to load the bases. White stepped to the plate and drew a walk sending home Baker and giving Firemen the lead of 12-0. McClelland hit a fly ball to left field for a double driving home Price and Martz and making it 14-0.

In the top of the fourth, Elite Plumbing tried to rally. Giovanni Perez drew a walk and then stole second. Hector Perez hit a popup that the pitcher, Delaney, tried to catch but just missed it and both runners would score to account for the final score of 14-2.

“I’m proud of the kids,” said Elite Plumbing Assistant Coach Scott Chapman. “I would say boys, but one of our best players is a girl. I’m very proud of them and all I can ask of them is that they improve each week and that they try their best.

“I think my kids do that. At this point I don’t think we are measured by whether or not we win. I think they are measured by how they get out here and fight despite the odds and they do. I’m proud of them.”

Firemen improved their record to 7-2, while Elite Plumbing is looking for its first win of the season.

Elite Plumbing will face off against Allstate today at Max Long and the Firemen will face Allstate on Tuesday.

Stewart Construction will play against the Elks in tonight’s second Ozone game.

Source: http://highlandstoday.com/hi/sports/firemen-too-much-for-elite-plumbing-20150601/