Solo Mechanical Maintenance Inc. was established in 1984 through company owner Lev Solodovnik, an engeneer and immigrant from former Soviet Union republic. His previous experience in United States was from Dunham Bush HVAC manufacturing company, where he was working as a government contractor in an R&D group designing a screw compressor. While working on such projects, he often paid a close attention to the national service department, which was located on the same floor in order to learn how his field worked in United States.
In Latvia, there was always shortage of materials, compressors and spare parts. All the colleges required individuals to go through hands-on training for at least a month or two a year. The students were required to know not only the design aspects, but also how the process worked. In effect, this was to allow a future employee to be able to learn how to make a part or assemble a unit on a production line.
Many technicians were able to repair a thermostat, open a compressor, rewire windings, fabricate a needed part in a machine shop and assemble a compressor to be put on the factory line. None of the parts were coming with any kind of installation instructions. However, in the US, parts came with an explanation of what it was, how it worked and a step-by-step of what to do with it. That was great and seemed to make a technician's life easier. Lev was impressed with the tools and service vans available to technicians in the US and was more eager to make the journey when he realized parts were never in such short supply as in Latvia. In Latvia, there was only one centralized warehouse and most of the time, the part would take several months to come back in stock.
After chief engineer Mr. Norm Gagnon left R&D, the work become less interesting and Lev Solodovnik started getting bored more and more every day however the factory still treated him fairly well. Lev recieved five raises within the span of two years however there was no challenge in the job he had. Thus, he decided to make a life for himself within the United States where he would come to work as a technician to take note of field installations and HVAC service.
After 3 months, Lev became the leading technician in A & B Cooling and Heating and 2 years later, he decided to start his own service company from scratch. Lev's interest however wasn't in residential work, instead building up accounts with companies such as the Union Carbide Corporation in Danbury, Huges Convalescent in West Hartford and Pioneer Parashute in Manchester. With these initial accounts, he began working with the chillers, rebuilding industrial boilers and repairing large amount of coolers and freezers.
Within 4 years Levl had employed 5 technicians and were teaching them how to repair and install the HVAC systems he had worked with along with replacing parts. It was then in 1990 that he employed Mr. Zbignew Dusczak who worked as an apprentice while having gone to class for certification. One day however, he stopped going to classes to which lead Lev to ask for the reason. He replied that in effect, there was nothing more to learn in class that he did not get under Lev's instruction and self intuition leading to him having pass a two year exam with very little schooling. Thus, at point he became a certified technician and today is a partner and the service manager of the company.