He ran Blue Frost Refrigeration up until about a year ago when he sold it and moved to Arizona. That was the first company my Dad started in 1970....He turned it over to Tom, who was his helper at the time in December of '73.
I certainly know of blue frost, but I have never met any of the guys. They seem to stay right in the neighborhood. I know for a fact they at least worked on they furnace that was in my home when I moved in. It was a old sears high boy.
I have since removed that bad boy, but she ran till the day I made the upgrade.
I still see there trucks now and then, but I've never ran into any of them in a supply house.
Registration is easy. And TDLR doesn't have a residency requirement for techs. It's $35 to register as a certified tech (NATE, CM, ICE, RSES, just out of qualified trade school) or $20 to register as a registered technician. Renewals are $20 a year. It can be done online or in the mail. Hardest part is waiting for them to mail you you're paperwork.
heatingman- Any major HVAC contractor in TX will require a social security card, your EPA card (some may call it 608). I also am a transplant from the windy city, I grew up around Bridgeport and Brighton Park and was always at Comisky Park. I moved to Houston in 1982 and haven't looked back. I do mostly heavy commercial, industrial chillers. With all the undocumented workers here the contractors are pretty strict on citizen requirements. I don't see you having much of a problem finding work anywhere in this state. Good luck GEO
Once in a while everything falls into place and I am able to move forward, most of the time it just falls all over the place and I can't go anywhere-GEO
Seems like a lot of Chicago folks moved to Texas. I still have some research to do, and the move is a long way, so that alone is an undertaking.
I'd like to have a job lined up I'm advance, but I have never had trouble finding work here in Chicago, so hopefully it's no different there. Anytime I've ever looked for work, I've landed 2 to 3 offers in a week, with the exception of TRANE, they took there sweet time.
I'm a commercial guy, but I don't mind resi work, just some of the customer issues. I know Lennox is hiring in Austin, but I'm not sure I want to work for a company that big again. I like smaller companies, you seem to be valued more, and the owner actually knows who you are.
The only real hang up at this point is my house. I can't sell it, so I'll have to see if my brother will manage the property as a rental for me.