About Us

Deming Pumps and Water SystemsIt all began when the Dama family moved to the Crivitz area from Chicago in 1903. Joseph and Agnes Dama purchased Levi Hale’s General Store on Main Street, back in 1906; he probably didn’t realize he was starting a family business that would last into the next century. The business has evolved over the years, and four generations later, still at the same location in Crivitz, WI and our newest office location in Lakewood, WI, Dama Plumbing and Heating, Inc. remains a strong family business that continues to grow. The constant through the 109 years of business is the selling of plumbing and heating supplies. Even before there was indoor plumbing, Joseph Dama sold water pumps and wood stoves. An old sign from the original store still hangs on the wall today, it advertises Deming Pumps and lists Dama’s phone number as “9.”

Ken Dama, Mike Dama’s father, purchased the business from his mom and dad, Art and Polly, in 1964. Ken and his wife, Judy, focused more on “emergency” service and new construction, rather than “demand” service. Mike Dama started working for his parents at the family business in 1984, when he was 14 years old. He continued working there through his years as a student at Crivitz High School, and the while he attended St. Norbert College, where he graduated with a business degree in 1992. After college he worked full time for four years while he learned the plumbing and heating trade from his father. In 1994, Mike was licensed as a Journeyman Plumber, and in 1996 he achieved a Master Plumber certification.

Polly and Ken DamaOn January 1, 1997, Mike and his wife, Kam, purchased the business from his parents, Ken and Judy Dama. Mike and Kam moved into the living quarters behind the store. Ken and Judy, semi-retired, moved to a new home on Lake Noquebay in Crivitz, and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Ken Dama, now 76, still comes in daily “to supervise,” but Judy is enjoying her retirement after working in the store for 36 years.

The transition between Mike and his father was good and business continued to grow. When Mike and Kam became owners, there were two employees besides them. In 1997, they purchased bill Borkowski’s Plumbing, Well, and Septic business in Coleman, and they hired Chad Schroeder as a helper. Chad is now a Journeyman Plumber and part of Dama Plumbing and Heating’s three person management team. Wendy Wesoloski  and Mike are the other two business managers. In early 2015, two additional office personnel were added to facilitate Lakewood opening, Customer Service Representative, Courtney Popp in Lakewood, and Service Dispatcher, Jake Scriven, in Crivitz.

While the business was growing, the Dama family was growing as well. Mike and Kam now have four children, Sophi 19, Arthur 18, Maggie 12, and Grace Age 9. All of the children help out in the business in one way or another. Kam is kept extraordinarily busy. In addition to overseeing the accounting for the business and managing the household, she is also a second grade teacher for the Marinette School District.

The Dama StoreToday, Dama operates with a crew of 12 factory trained service technicians, which makes for a total of 18 employees at Dama Plumbing and Heating, Inc., and plans are to eventually add a full-time 6-person staff in Lakewood. Mike is particularly proud of the Dama reputation for its service. He is also proud of his staff and believes in providing them with opportunities to receive training and certifications. The majority of the staff recently received NATE certification. NATE stands for the North American Technician Excellence and is a non-profit certification organization for heating ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Dama Plumbing and Heating, Inc. also won the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award for Training Excellence from The Lennox Corporation, and in 2014 they won the Lennox Vision Tech Wars competition for the state of Wisconsin. The staff at Dama Plumbing and Heating, Inc. trains constantly to stay up to date with new technology and to continue to provide high value service to their customers.

The addition of the Lakewood shop now provides customers with two convenient locations to provide prompt and reliable 24 hour-365 day emergency service to all of Marinette and Oconto counties, and a portion of Forest County. Today, Dama Plumbing and Heating, Inc.’s major focus is on the servicing and installation of plumbing, heating, air conditioning, septic systems, wells, and pumps for both new and existing construction. We service all major brands and boast same day service. With more than a century of business in the Crivitz area, the Dama family looks forward to providing quality business for the next century to the Lakewood area as well.