Gary Ulman Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning of East Tawas, MI, Sold to an Individual Investor

East Tawas, MI

has been acquired by an

Individual Investor

Served as M&A Advisor to
Gary Ulman Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning

Grand Rapids, MI-based Small Business Deal Advisors (“SBDA”) is pleased to announce the successful sale of Gary Ulman Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning of East Tawas, MI, to an individual investor.

Gary Ulman Plumbing is a family-owned and operated plumbing and HVAC services company serving its small but loyal community since 1975. For over four and a half decades, Gary Ulman Plumbing has consistently delivered quality products and services to customers at reasonable prices.

Founder/Owner Gary Ulman retired from the Company twelve years ago, transferring the management of day-to-day operations to his daughter, Susan Wainwright. Ms. Wainwright is now ready to retire, travel, and spend time with her grandchildren. 

Gary Ulman Plumbing engaged Small Business Deal Advisors to find a successor who can maintain the ethical and quality standards that Tawas City residents have come to rely on. 

“Scott was incredibly helpful throughout the process of marketing our company and conducting the transaction,” said Susan Wainwright. “I wouldn’t have known where to start in finding the right person to take over, without the support of Scott and the SBDA team. I wish Heath the best of luck going forward, and I trust he’ll carry on the legacy that’s been in my family for so many years.”

Gary Ulman Plumbing was acquired by Heath Pyles, a U.S. military veteran and long-time expert in the plumbing field. Originally from the Western United States, Heath has been living in Nevada working at large construction sites. “I was immediately intrigued by this opportunity,” commented Heath. “My family has taken Michigan vacations for years, and I’ve always wanted to relocate to the beautiful Mitten state. We’ve been looking for a change of scenery, and this company was the ideal fit. Gary and Susan built a great company with a solid reputation, and I’m excited to continue the name.”

“It was a pleasure working with Gary, Susan, and Heath,” Scott Nicholson said about the transaction. “After investing so many years into the company, the family was very intentional about finding the right buyer, and I’m pleased we were able to identify Heath and complete the sale. During one of my phone calls with Heath, he mentioned that it was 140 degrees at his Las Vegas worksite–so I hope he’ll enjoy our Midwest weather, and maybe keep that in mind during our long Michigan winters!”


 Small Business Deal Advisors advised Gary Ulman Plumbing  on the sale through the development of marketing materials, comprehensive marketing of the acquisition opportunity, and consulting through the negotiation, due diligence, and closing periods. The transaction was managed by SBDA Associate, Scott Nicholson.


Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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