John C. Murphy came to St. Louis in 1882 intent on creating a better life. The Irish lad came to learn the plumbing trade and in 1907, confident in his mastery, formed John C. Murphy Plumbing Co. Little could he have imagined then that he was launching a firm destined to become the largest mechanical contractor in St. Louis and the 17th largest in the U.S. Nor could he have envisioned that in decades to follow, his enterprise would make a better life possible for thousands of customers and employees.

From our origins as a two-man plumbing shop, today’s Murphy Company Mechanical Contractors and Engineers employs more than 200 salaried workers and 800 union craft workers in the pipefitter, boilermaker, plumber, sheet metal and laborer trades from its headquarters in St. Louis. In addition to diversifying our service array, Murphy Co. expanded outside of St. Louis, opening a Denver office in 1983.



Murphy Today

Patrick J. Murphy, Jr., John’s great-grandson, is the fourth member of the close-knit Murphy clan to become president of the company, succeeding his cousin James J. Murphy, Jr., in 2005. While our record of success is impressive, it’s still people that count the most. We support our employees throughout our company, ensuring they have the tools, training and technology to make them successful.  We continuously recruit top talent within our industry and invest in their ongoing skill development.  Always, the health, safety and well-being of our employees remain a top priority.  We want each employee to return safely to his or her family each day so we insist on maintaining safe work sites for both our employees and customers.

Since our founding more than a century ago, Murphy Company has built a proud legacy of excellence that is alive and well today.  Much of our business is built on repeat customers who partner with us year after year because of the high level of customer service and expertise that are synonymous with the Murphy name.  We are enjoying yet another “Century of Solutions,” built on the exceptional level of customer service and expertise the Murphy team delivers.