Our History

PBBS was founded in 1955 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What started as a boiler service company that served seven counties has grown to a full boiler room solutions provider with 6 offices in 4 states. As a third-generation, family-owned company, we continue to follow the traditions that support our commitment to excellence in customer satisfaction – the values this company was built on.

1950s
1955

Victor Carberry starts PBBS with 2 other associates servicing Cleaver Brooks boilers in seven counties of SE Wisconsin. Leasing only a small store front on 43rd and Center St. in Milwaukee.

1957

Moves shop location to 3535 North Palmer Street in Milwaukee, WI

1958

Cleaver Brooks assigns all of Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan to PBBS

1960s
1963

PBBS opens first office in Madison

1964

Milwaukee office moves to 4135 N. 127th Street in Brookfield, WI

PBBS opens first office in Stevens Point, WI

First Company Picnic is held

1965

First office in Green Bay, WI opens

1970s
1973

Tim Carberry (Vic’s son) starts with PBBS

1979

Jim Carberry (Vic’s son) starts with PBBS

1980s
1980

Sheila Sauer (Vic’s daughter) starts with PBBS

1981

Milwaukee office moves to 5401 North Park Drive in Butler, WI

1985

Joel Carberry (Vic’s son) starts with PBBS

1988

PBBS purchases assets of Heinen Company in the Twin Cities. PBBS now services Wisconsin, Minnesota and UP of Michigan

1990s
1991

Twin Cities location moves into new facility at 3329 Mike Collins Drive in Eagan, MN

1993

Victor Carberry, Founder of PBBS passes away at 75 years old, Tim Carberry takes over as President of PBBS

1995

PBBS acquires Foster Boiler Works to expand its capabilities into vessel repair and ASME code work

1997

Milwaukee office builds new 24,000 sq. ft. building in Menomonee Falls, WI 1997. Stevens Point office moves into new facility in Plover, WI

1997

Scott Carberry (Vic’s grandson, Tim’s son) starts at PBBS

1998

Green Bay office moves into new facility

2000s
2000

Madison office moves into its new location located in Cottage Grove, WI

2004

Adam Sauer (Vic’s grandson, Sheila’s son) starts at PBBS

2005

PBBS Celebrate 50 Years

2006

PBBS acquires Adelsman Company in Fergus Falls, MN. PBBS now represents Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the UP of Michigan

2008

Kayla Dauphinais (Vic’s granddaughter, Sheila’s daughter) starts with PBBS

2010s
2010

Fergus Falls office moves operations to West Fargo, ND

2019

Tim Carberry retires from PBBS Equipment after 45 years of service, Scott Carberry moves into role of President & COO, Jim Carberry role of VP of Service and Parts (COB), Joel Carberry to Corporate VP, Kayla Dauphinais to Controller – CFO, and Adam Sauer to Milwaukee Service Manager

Today
2020

PBBS celebrates 65 years

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