For over one hundred years, A. J. Monier & Co., Inc. has served the San Antonio commercial service and construction market with confidence, quality and integrity. In 1908, A. J. Monier established the business with high standards and competence. His son, Kurt, a graduate mechanical engineer from Texas A & M University, joined the company in 1935 and a tradition of trust was established.
Three decades later, grandson William K. Monier, a graduate industrial technologist from Texas A&M University and also a journeyman plumber-fitter became a member of the family-owned business. William K. Monier followed in his father and grandfather’s footstep’s to become President and CEO in 1977. Nearly four decades later, great-grandson-in-law Kyle Pennington, a graduate professional accountant and business administrator from the University of Texas at Austin, joined the company in 2010 to continue the legacy of the Monier family. A. J. Monier & Co., Inc. with its generations of service and effective quality construction has proven to be a leader in the performance of commercial, institutional and industrial projects in San Antonio.
The original red brick building circa 1922 still remains from the early days of A. J. Monier — a testament of not only its strength but the strength of the company it has housed for the last 95+ years. The company that August Jacob Monier started behind his house on Culebra Road in 1908 now covers almost 20,000 square feet.
Today A. J. Monier & Co., Inc. subsidiaries, A. J. Monier Service Company and M&M Metals, Inc., lead the way for innovation and client service. In the 21st Century we are constantly growing and changing, but one thing remains the same, our dedication to our clients.
August Jacob “A.J.” Monier started the business behind his house on Culebra Road. Down the cobblestone streets of downtown San Antonio, he sold plumbing fittings out of the back of his horse and buggy wagon.
A.J. purchased the building on 1446 N. Flores. His office was downstairs and there were 4 apartments upstairs, and officially moved into the space in 1923.
AJM performed the plumbing installation on the Municipal Auditorium which was the first major construction job completed by the company. Today the Municipal Auditorium is known as the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
A.J.’s son, Kurt Monier, joined the business after graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Following the Great Depression, AJM took part in The Alazan-Apache Courts, the first public housing project built in San Antonio and one of the first in the United States. This job was a turning point in A.J. Monier history as it allowed the company to continue operating after many years in a downward economy.
Recognizing his son’s leadership talents, A.J. retired from the business and Kurt became the company’s 2nd President. A.J. Monier & Co. continued to install mechanical systems including the Alamo National bank in 1949.
In 1950, Kurt moved to Germany and served a few years in the United States Army, while the business continued to be run by several other family members. Upon his return, AJM completed projects like St. Mary’s University, original USAA building on Broadway (now AT&T building) and First National Building in El Paso, TX.
A.J. Monier expanded by doing projects in areas outside of San Antonio including: Austin, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, El Paso, Kerrville, Laredo, McAllen, New Braunfels, and Seguin.
Examples of some of the projects performed during this time period were: USAA, National Bank of Commerce, Main Plaza Building- Frost, NIX Hospital, Santa Rosa Hospital, Kinsolving Dormitory, Scottish Rite Dormitory, Peterson Hospital
Kurt’s son, Bill Monier, joined the company after graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in Industrial Technology. His first position at A.J. Monier was as a plumber and pipe fitter. Bill followed his fathers footsteps and served in the United States Army in 1965.
Bill serves for the United States Army.
A.J. Monier was selected to perform the mechanical and plumbing for the San Antonio Convention Center
A.J. Monier installed the plumbing and mechanical systems on Frost Bank Tower.
Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans’ Hospital was constructed in joint venture with L.C. Mosel Company, and they named the joint-venture M & M Mechanical Contractors. This project lead to a unique business relationship between the two companies.
M&M Metals Inc. was created based on Monier and Mosel’s needs to expand their metal fabrication capabilities.
Bill becomes President of A.J. Monier.
A.J. Monier was a joint venture partner in the expansion of Wilford Hall Hospital. The San Antonio Savings Association Building, now known as The Pyramid Building was completed by A.J. Monier as well USAA Towers.
Design build jobs completed during this time included: Marriott Riverwalk, Hyatt Riverwalk, The Emily Morgan Hotel, One Blanco Center, North Star Mall expansion and parking garages, Ingram Mall and Windsor Mall.
Some A.J. Monier projects during this time period include: USAA E&F Building Expansion, South Central Plant and Back Up Computer Center, USAA Bank Services Building, San Antonio Airport Expansion, Retama Racetrack, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research- BSL Categories 4, 3 and 2. A.J. Monier was also involved in the construction of 5 projects at Valero.
A.J. Monier was a joint venture partner in the construction of the Toyota Plant- Assembly and Press-Weld Buildings. The successful completion of the Joint-Venture projects in 2006 allowed for the 2007 model Tundra Trucks to be rolled off the assembly line. A.J. Monier continues providing services for the plant today.”
Bill’s son-in-law, Kyle Pennington, joined the company after leaving Dallas office of accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP. Kyle graduated from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business with a degree in Business Administration and Master’s degree in Professional Accounting. With no prior experience in the mechanical trade, Kyle was put through a rigorous 3-year training program performing job duties within all departments inside the organization.
Construction projects during this time period include: Fort Sam Houston Battlefield Health and Trauma Center, San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) projects, Lackland Air Force Base Drug Testing, Reid Clinic & Vet Clinic, Timpo Data Center, University Hospital System Data Center, Trinity University East Central Plant and Distribution, Southwest Research various projects, NEISD Tex Hill Middle School, USAA various projects
A.J. Monier & Co., Inc. created a subsidiary, A.J. Monier Service Co., and began to focus more on the service side of the business and expanded chiller service capabilities as well as plumbing service capabilities.
Construction projects during this time period include: Incarnate Word: Student Engagement Center; Sea World Rescue Ride, Toyota Assembly Expansion, Citibank Chiller & AHU replacements, JISD – Kirby Middle School, San Antonio Light Renovation
In addition to air conditioning and plumbing service, A.J. Monier added the building automation and temperature control installation division.
During the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, A. J. Monier Service Company helped many service clients by install touchless fixtures, UV lighting inside air handlers, and stand alone air purifiers to help client combat the spread of the coronavirus. The construction department also worked with long time banking client Jefferson Bank to start construction on their new headquarters building.
Bill Monier serves as President at A.J. Monier and Kyle Pennington serves as General Manager. Bill continues to contribute his expertise and experience in the industry, while Kyle brings innovative strategies as well as a vision for the future. Together they form a unique and successful leadership team.