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customer testimonial

Commercial client explains why he remains loyal to Justin Dorsey Plumbing after 30 years

Jamie Gibbs is a busy man. He’s an entrepreneur, having owned the New York-based interior design and landscape architecture firm of Jamie Gibbs Associates for more than 35 years. With branch offices in Amsterdam and Indianapolis, Ind., his practice has become international in scope, serving clients in the United States, Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

Locally, he has worked on projects for private residences, multi-unit dwellings, commercial facilities and corporate suites at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, each needing plumbing services.

Finding the right plumbing partner

As a business-owner himself, he knows what he’s looking for when he chooses a vendor to partner with on his design projects. So why did he choose Justin Dorsey Plumbing based out of Danville, Ind.?

“Because I call, and they react!” Gibbs said. “I’ve never had a problem, and, even when a minor issue has arisen, Dorsey solves it to the customer’s satisfaction in a timely manner.”

When Gibbs asked Justin Dorsey Plumbing for help with a client needing multiple bathrooms renovated in a 1920s home, technician Michael Rodgers and his colleagues went straight to work. Each of the five bathrooms needed new pedestal sinks, toilets and plumbing fixtures, while maintaining the historical integrity of the home.

“Michael and his team expertly removed old fixtures and replaced old pipes back to the main stem in all areas. Five retrofit baths came off without a hitch — not one damaged historic tile,” Gibbs said.

The sixth bathroom, last renovated in the 1970s, was completely gutted.

“This bathroom was truly hideous,” Gibbs said. “Dorsey’s team ran all new water and drain lines. The bathroom now looks like it was always there with a new pedestal sink, toilet and huge shower stall. Everything was custom-made. … This bathroom required patience and perfection by every worker. It’s a show place, and the client thinks Justin Dorsey Plumbing walks on water!”

Choose Justin Dorsey Plumbing

As Gibbs continues on his business ventures, he encourages others needing plumbing assistance to choose Justin Dorsey Plumbing as well.

“If you’ve ever used another plumbing outfit, plan on a better, more pleasant experience with Justin Dorsey Plumbing.”

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Contact Justin Dorsey Plumbing for all your commercial and residential needs.

graduating plumbing apprentices

4 Justin Dorsey Plumbing employees graduate 4-year apprenticeship program


On Friday, May 18, four Justin Dorsey Plumbing associates graduated their four-year apprenticeship program — Michael Rodgers, Zach Personnett, Kirby Boyd and Aaron Champley. Owners, Justin Dorsey and his wife, Judy, were on hand to celebrate the achievement.

“We count ourselves lucky to have a team of plumbers dedicated to their trade,” Justin said. “This is a very comprehensive program, and it takes dedication to complete it. These guys stuck with it, and I’m proud to have them on our team.”

To complete this program, the graduates had to complete:

  • 576 classroom hours
  • 7,600 on-the-job training hours

“I’m grateful to be done,” Michael said. “Four years is a long time, but, looking back, it really has set me up to succeed in this trade.”

Rodgers credits the combination of classroom and on-the-job training for preparing him, and he has one bit of advice for others considering a plumbing apprenticeship: “Go for it!”

“Skilled trades are in high demand, and a career in plumbing is a great way to make a living,” Michael said. “Being a licensed plumber gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment and can open a door for many different opportunities.”

All four graduates are now eligible to take the state journeyman licensing exam. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Justin Dorsey Plumbing apprenticeship!

Personal story: Learn about Jason’s journey as an apprentice.

Announcement: We’re an official sponsor for the Adopt a Highway program!

We are proud to announce that we are an official sponsor for the Adopt a Highway Maintenance Corporation!

We now support the maintenance and clean-up of three highway sections that hold our signs:

  • The southbound I-65 Zionsville exit
  • The westbound I-74 Brownsburg exit
  • The westbound I-70 Plainfield exit

View our sponsor highlight here.

By doing this, we know we’re contributing to the betterment of our communities, and that’s something we think is worthwhile.

Thinking of our servicemen at Christmas

Justin Dorsey Plumbing honors its two veteran staff members

It’s the week before Christmas, and, even though Veteran’s Day was technically observed last month, we think it’s a great time of year to acknowledge our veterans and honor them for the sacrifices they’ve made in serving their country.

According to the United States Census Bureau, there were 18.5 million veterans in the United States in 2016. Justin Dorsey Plumbing is honored to currently have two veterans of the United States Army on its very own staff — Ron Irelan and Ben Personett.

If you caught last month’s blog, featuring an interview with company owner Justin Dorsey, you’ll remember that Justin’s dad was in the U.S. Air Force when he moved the Dorsey family to a farm here in Danville, Ind.

Having a dad in the military has given him a healthy respect for veterans and the value they bring to workplaces today.

“Veterans understand commitment,” Justin says. “They’re also community-minded and trustworthy. Ron and Ben are great examples of that. Ben is one of our newest employees, and he’s a very personable young man. Ron is a great problem-solver.”

Thank you, Ron and Ben, for your dedicated service and bringing that work ethic to the Justin Dorsey Plumbing team! And to all other veterans or servicemen currently serving our country — especially those having to spend the holidays away from your families — we extend our deepest gratitude.

College isn’t for everyone: Why a skilled trade is a great career option

Justin Dorsey Plumbing apprentice photoJason Quear was a typical teenager in 2003, a recent graduate from Avon High School and newly enrolled in IUPUI, on his way to earning a four-year degree. Once he started, however, he realized college just wasn’t for him.

“I was miserable,” he explained. “I was in and out of school for several years, trying out different majors, but I just couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Jason knew he needed to find another avenue to a career. After doing some online research, he discovered an opportunity for an apprenticeship with Justin Dorsey Plumbing. He said he had always enjoyed building and fixing things, so he thought plumbing would be a good career path with great long-term job security.

He was right. Today, Jason is an apprentice with Justin Dorsey Plumbing, and he’s loving it.

“Nothing is typical about the work we do,” he said. “Every day we have to solve a new problem that we may have never seen before .… I enjoy the classroom learning and the hands-on work that we do in the field.”

How does an apprenticeship work?

An apprenticeship is a unique education opportunity that combines classroom instruction with paid, on-the-job training.

Career Training Base says there are currently more than 1,000 apprenticeship programs in Indiana. To enroll, the individual must have a “program sponsor,” meaning a company where the apprentice works nearly full-time or full-time hours while he or she is learning the trade. Apprenticeships can last anywhere from three to five years, depending on the program.

Consider a Justin Dorsey Plumbing apprenticeship.

Justin Dorsey Plumbing’s apprenticeship is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprentice Training and includes two different divisions — new construction (where a plumber would install plumbing in newly-built buildings) and service (where a plumber would go to existing homes or facilities to repair or maintain the plumbing). It requires 7,600 on-the-job training hours with 576 classroom hours.

It may sound daunting until you consider this: Justin Dorsey Plumbing offers 100 percent tuition reimbursement if an apprentice stays with the company, meaning you can graduate with no college debt! What’s more, while other program sponsors may require union membership, Justin Dorsey Plumbing is a non-union sponsor, offering the same benefits that a union shop offers without the membership dues.

Currently, there are 10 apprentices working through Justin Dorsey Plumbing’s program.

How do I get started?

To get started as an apprentice, interested individuals must:

  • Present a birth certificate
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a personal interview with Justin Dorsey Plumbing (program sponsor)
  • Take an aptitude test
  • Pass a drug test

For more information or to get started with Justin Dorsey Plumbing, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (317) 745-4830 or We accept apprentices from all over central Indiana, and we are committed to hiring veterans whenever possible.

An apprentice’s advice for others

Now in his second year as a Justin Dorsey Plumbing apprentice, Jason says that an apprenticeship is a great opportunity for undecided individuals to see if that career path is really something they want to do.

“Unlike the traditional college route, I didn’t have to wait through two years of prerequisites before getting to focus on my desired field,” he said. “In the first few days of my apprenticeship, I was out in the field, learning and earning money.”

In 2012, Justin spoke on septic systems at the Indiana State Fair. There is plenty to know about septic systems and not understanding how it works and how to maintain it can cost you, literally, thousands of dollars.

Get an expert on your side. Call Justin Dorsey Plumbing at 888-242-2937.

Justin Dorsey at The 2012 Indiana State Fair WEB (1 of 1)