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About Us


Our Mission

A & C Trades is dedicated to giving our customers the highest level of integrity, professionalism, and quality workmanship. We offer an un-paralled level of customer service, education, and support. “Green solutions” is not just a catch phrase, for us, it is our mission and responsibility.

Customer Care: Our future depends on the success of our customer’s satisfaction.  We establish close relationships with our customers, actively listen to their feedback and respond with a sense of urgency.

Family Run Business: We are a family run and operated business.  This enables us to establish common values, strong commitment, loyalty, stability, trust and dependability.

Company History

A & C Trades and Services began in 1977 as A & C Plumbing. At the time of it’s inception Steve Anderson, the owner, was a University of Tennessee college student who had worked part-time throughout his education years for his uncle’s plumbing business. Plumbing was the type of work he enjoyed, working with his hands and figuring out mechanical solutions to everyday problems. It seemed only natural to continue to make a living for his family by using the skills he had learned, enjoyed, and depended upon. Lynda, Steve’s wife, took on the duties of office manager, which she still holds to this day.

In the early 1980’s during the Solar Water Heating Incentive Program, Steve became certified by several companies and added Solar Water Heating installation to the companies trades.

As A & C continued to grow and become more energy conscious Geothermal Heating & Cooling was added as an additional trade. A & C’s first Geothermal system was installed in 1993 at their own family home and farm.

Nathan Anderson, the son of Lynda and Steve Anderson, worked with the business part time during his youth. He graduated from Maryville College with degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science and later returned to the family business. He is currently Marketing Manager & Estimator. Nathan has been able to lead the company in the modern era toward vigorous growth in the geothermal field.

Although A & C Trades added Radiant Heat Flooring in the 2000’s as another specialty trade, A & C’s continues to be a family owned and operated business.

Memberships and Certifications


  • International Ground Source Heat Pump Association Accredited Member. The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) is a non-profit, member-driven organization to advance ground source heat pump (GSHP) technology on local, state, national and international levels. IGSHPA sets the “gold star” standard for the geothermal industry. Accredited Membership is not automatic and must be earned through a certification process.
  • U.S. Green Build Council – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated.  The most widely recognized and widely used green building program across the globe. LEED is certifying 1.5 million square feet of building space each day in 135 countries.
  • HBAGK – The Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville, established in 1951, is a non-profit, trade association for the homebuilding industry. The primary function of the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville is to serve as the homebuilding industry watchdog.
  • NHBA – National Home Builders Association is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority. Since 1942, NHBA has been serving its members, the housing industry, and the public at large.
  • The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is the region’s leading business organization and is committed to driving regional economic prosperity.
  • The Legacy Centre for Family Business & Entrepreneurship – The Legacy Centre provides educational programs, professional resources and peer networks for family-owned business and entrepreneurs in Knoxville, TN.
  • International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) Accredited Member
  • Tennessee Valley Authoprity (TVA) Energy Right Partner
  • Certification(s) for Geothermal Heating, Cooling & Hot Water Installation from: Bosch / Florida Heat Pump / Climatemaster / Carrier / Century / Comfort Air / Bryant
  • Carrier Duct Work Design Certification
  • Air Conditioner Contractors of America (ACCA) Manual J Certification
  • Environmental Protection Association (EPA) Universal Certification for refrigeration and air conditioning
  • Certification(s) for Solar Water Heating Installation and Service from Rheem, State, Grumman, Mor Flo
  • Rheem RPump Hot Water Heater Installation & Service Certification
  • Degree from International School of Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Honeywell Thermostatic Zoning Certification
  • Earthlinked DiretExchange (DX) Installer Certification
  • TN State Licensed Plumber
  • Contractor License Master Plumber
  • Certified Mechanical Contractor State of Tennessee