History

Broadway Mechanical-Contractors, Inc. (BMC) is a family-owned company with over 100 years of service to San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area. Since 1906, four generations of the Nurisso family have been providing leading plumbing, piping, and HVAC mechanical services to valued customers throughout the Bay Area.

 

2012


Ken Nurisso is appointed President by vote of the Board of Directors at BMC’s annual board meeting.

2011


Ken Nurisso joins his brother, Fred, in the family business, serving as Executive Vice President, COO & CFO of BMC.

Fred & Kenny Nurisso

2006


BMC purchases and moves into new corporate headquarters on two adjacent properties spanning over 5 acres located at 873 and 919 81st Avenue in Oakland. The new facilities house a 16,000 square foot office building, a 63,000 square foot manufacturing plant shared by our plumbing, piping, and sheet metal departments, 40,000 square feet of warehouse storage and a 5,000 square foot engineering department.

100 Year Anniversary

2003


The main core of field labor, estimating, project management, and administrative staff from Scott Co. is retained by BMC. Tools and equipment from Scott Co. are also purchased by BMC. BMC leases 95,000 square feet at 2635 Peralta Street in Oakland as its initial headquarters.

BMC Campus in Oakland, CA

2003


Scott Co. voluntarily winds down operations in September. Robert convinces his son, Fred Nurisso, to join him in actively re-establishing operations again as Broadway Mechanical-Contractors, Inc. Ownership of BMC is transferred from Robert to his four children (fourth-generation Nurissos), Fred, Karen, Angela, and Ken. Fred serves as President & CEO and Robert as General Manager.

1989


Robert buys back the rights to the name Broadway Mechanical-Contractors, Inc. and sets up a new corporation under the Nurisso family name.

1986


Broadway Mechanical-Contractors, Inc. merges with Scott Co. To some in the mechanical industry, it was the tale of the prodigal son (Broadway) returning to the family (Scott Co.). To many others, the synergy of Broadway and Scott created a new giant in the mechanical contracting industry.

1982


BMC purchases, builds, and moves into new corporate headquarters at 200 Jennings Street in India Basin in San Francisco.

BMC Christmas party and opening of their new facility at 200 Jennings Street in San Francisco.  Majority owners Robert Nurisso, Don Watson, Larry Hengl, Joseph Vollert

1981


Robert begins to hire and develop a new management team. Don Watson, Joe Vollert, Jeff Goldman, Bill Bird, and Larry Hengl purchase minority ownership interests in BMC and become shareholders. Over the next five years, this team would significantly expand the business as revenues increased from $5 million to $19 million.

1979


Norman Nurisso retires, and Charles Nurisso agrees to sell his ownership interest.

Lawrence, Norman and Charles Nurriso, the original founders and owners of Broadway Plumbing.

1975


Name is officially changed to Broadway Mechanical-Contractors, Inc.

1975


Lawrence Nurisso retires and sells his ownership interest to Robert.

1971


Broadway Plumbing incorporates on June 17, 1971 with Robert and original three owners (Lawrence, Norman and Charles) each owning 25%. Robert serves as CEO.

(left to right) Donald Nurisso (son of Lawrence and Robert’s cousin); Robert and Virginia Nurisso; Norman and Bernice Nurisso (Robert’s parents); Charles and Peggy Nurisso; Norman Nurisso (Robert’s brother); Lawrence Nurisso; Deborah and Pat Nurisso (Pat is the son of Charles and is Robert’s cousin)

1968


After three years in the field, Robert moves into the office as Controller of Broadway Plumbing Co. Robert begins to estimate home improvement projects and begins reviewing 10 years of past bids to find common, consistent labor figures.

1965


Robert Nurisso (third generation), Norman’s youngest son, joins Broadway Plumbing Co. as a plumbing apprentice.

1958


Broadway Plumbing Co. moves into a new facility located at 1790 Yosemite Avenue in San Francisco.

1958

1950


Norman’s two brothers, Lawrence and Charles, join Broadway Plumbing Co, each owning one third of the business. Broadway’s initial market included residential, apartments and schools from San Jose to Eureka.

(left to right) Charles and Peggy Nurisso; Lawrence and Dena Nurisso; Norman and Bernice Nurisso, early 1950.

1949


Norman Nurisso starts Broadway Plumbing Co. and opens up shop at 145 Erie Street in San Francisco.

1949


Charles “Noury” Nurisso retires from Scott Co. owning 42% of the company.

Charles “Noury” Nurisso

1935


Charles’ youngest son—and Lawrence and Norman’s younger brother—Charles Nurisso, becomes a plumber.

1930


Charles’ oldest son, Lawrence Nurisso, and middle son, Norman Nurisso, follow in their father’s footsteps and become plumbers.

The eventual founders and owners of Broadway Plumbing Co. around 1928.  Lawrence, 18; Norman, 16; and Charles, 11

1906


Just two months after the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Charles “Noury” Nurisso arrives in San Francisco to look for work helping to rebuild The City. That summer he begins working for Scott Co. as a residential plumber. He starts out doing field work, moves up to shop foreman and advances to chief estimator. Facility is located at 243 Minna Street in San Francisco.

John G. Sutton (of Scott Co.) plant opening.  June 8, 1911.  Charles “Noury” Nurisso, third person standing to the left of the column.