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150 years ago a young man named Henson Robinson founded a business which he gave his name, and then labored the rest of his life to build. That time and energy were well spent. For the company he founded, during Abraham Lincoln's term as president, is still prospering today.

From the beginning, the Henson Robinson company held the idea that all customers should be treated with respect, no matter how small or how large their purchase. Charles Robinson often told his employees, "Our customer’s problems are our problems, so try to solve them as best you can."

Since inception, Henson Robinson Company has witnessed many historical moments in time including in the invention of air conditioning and the first condensed gas furnace by Carrier. In the 1960’s Henson Robinson Company refurbished the Capitol Dome followed by the dedication of the Springfield Zoo in the name of the company founder, Henson Robinson.

In March 1997, Henson Robinson Company became an employee owned business and is now headed by employee leaders who see Henson Robinson company continuing into the 21st century.

Henson Robinson Company has earned many awards including the Thomas H. Madigan Award for work done on the Dana Thomas House, the Firestone Master Contractor Award, and the Carrier Distinguished Dealer Award. In 2001 Henson Robinson moved to a new and expanded facility located on Great Northern Avenue in Springfield and in 2011, to meet the demands of today’s growing commercial marketplace, Henson Robinson established Petersburg Plumbing & Excavating LLC.  

With an excellent reputation for quality workmanship and customer satisfaction, Henson Robinson has grown from a company that in 1861 supplied Union Soldiers with tin ware to earning the reputation of being a leader in the industries of roofing, architectural sheet metal, heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing, mechanical and specialty sheet metal fabrication.