Our History

History & Important Milestones

Building the Los Angeles Basin and the Southwestern United States for over 100 years


1913 Murray Company was founded.   
1956 Murray Company became incorporated in the State of California as Murray Plumbing and Heating Corporation and stayed true to its roots as an entrepreneurial hands-on industrial and commercial HVAC plumbing and pipe contractor.
1969 Murray Company was acquired by John Carner who had already built a name in the mechanical contracting business in Los Angeles. With John’s engineering and leadership, the company took on more sophisticated work in aerospace and related industries. During the next 20 years, Mr. Carner selected and developed many of the current long-term leaders of Murray Company.
1999 John Carner entered semi-retirement. Kevan Steffey, John Odom, and Rick Stafford succeeded day-to-day operating control of the company. John Carner became Chairman of the Board.
2002 Chairman John Carner passed 100% ownership of Murray Company to the Murray Company Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Existing day-to-day management assumed full executive duties at that time. Murray Company remains committed to providing an atmosphere where all employees are encouraged and rewarded to take ownership of their work.
2013 Murray Company celebrates 100 years of success.
Today Murray Company has grown to be the full-service mechanical and underground piping contractor of choice in Southern California.  We are currently recognized as the preeminent regional mechanical contractor, ranking 75th out of 600 nationally for the Specialty Contractors category and 19th out of 50 nationally for the Mechanical Contractors category in ENR, Engineering News-Record, an industry leading publication.


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Those who have helped to shape Murray Company



Kevan J. Steffey
Chairman of the Board and Former Chief Executive Officer
1972 to 2017

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Richard Stafford
Former Chairman of the Board & Chief Financial Officer
1986 to 2016


John W. Odom
Former Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Operating Officer
1975 to 2013

JohnA_125DP John W. Carner
Former Chairman
and Owner
1969 to 2002
Walt Bill Bill Deal & Walt Linsay
Former Owner and Operator
1953 to 1969
HEMurray_125dpi H. E. Murray
1913 to 1953