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Our company has served the Gulf Coast area boiler sales and service needs since 1946. We are located on the Alabama Gulf Coast in Theodore, Alabama, a suburb of Mobile. The company was originally named Hill Brothers Welding & Boiler Shop and was started by brothers, Al and Joe Hill. At that time, the company provided welding services for the area shipyards and boiler sales, service, and repair. In 1962, Joe Hill sold his interest in the company to Mr. Dal Crenshaw. The company was then renamed as Westside Welding & Boiler Shop. In addition to providing boiler and welding service, the company began light steel and ornamental iron fabrication.

For the next ten years, the company operated as Westside Welding & Boiler Shop. In 1972, the two partners decided to split the company. Mr. Dal Crenshaw formed Goodbrad Ornamental Iron Works, while Mr. Al Hill formed Al Hill’s Boiler Sales & Repair, Inc. Mr. Hill operated the company until January 1977 when, at the age of 68, he sold his interest to a pair of Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance Inspectors, R. J. Sanford and Clyde Rayford.

Mr. Sanford and Mr. Rayford operated as a joint partnership until January 1982 when Mr. Clyde Rayford passed away as a result of a heart attack. As per their initial agreement, Mr. R. J. Sanford purchased the remaining shares of the company from the Rayford family.

Al Hill’s Boiler Sales & Repair, Inc., or simply Al Hill Boiler, remained under the guidance of R.J. Sanford until his death, at age 70, in August 2003. Today, the company ownership is still with the R.J. Sanford family. In fact, his son, Randy, assumed the role of President and General Manager, and daughter, Sandy, serves as the company Secretary and Treasurer.

Through the years, the company has enjoyed continued success in boiler room sales and service. During these years, we have developed many products lines and alliances to insure we can meet the demands of our customers. Additionally, our service and repair personnel are highly trained and skilled technician capable of handling any boiler need. Our company is a holder of the National Board “R” Stamp and our welders qualified in accordance with the requirements of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code.

From all of us at Al Hill Boiler, we extend a hearty welcome and thank you for visiting our website. We hope you will continue to browse and become better acquainted with our products, services, and people. Also, check out our seasonal specials. If we can assist you in any way, please leave us an email or give us a call. I think you will find we are the “One Stop Boiler Shop.”


Al Hill Boiler Staff - 2006