Small business spotlight: Postler & Jaeckle started digging ditches in 1964

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His father was one of the company founders, but Erich Postler Jr. began his career with Postler Jaeckle at the ground level.

Literally. Subterranean, even.

“I started digging ditches when I was in high school, for sanitary and storm piping,” Postler said with a laugh. “I dug myself a hole that I had to climb out of.”

He’s done that and then some. Postler is now co-owner and vice president of the South Avenue-based firm in southwest Rochester. The other co-owner is his sister, Elizabeth Howard.

Postler Jaeckle is a mechanical contractor firm, a field that includes installation, construction and maintenance of plumbing, piping, heating, refrigeration and air conditioning. Some of its biggest customers are the University of Rochester, Cornell University and Wegmans Food Markets. A slew of expansions during the past 15 years has translated to hundreds of customers throughout New York state and northern Pennsylvania.

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