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Quality Services from Our Family to Yours

Acme Plumbing Co. is a family owned and operated company built on tenets of honesty, integrity, and quality service. With every project that we receive, we demonstrate our commitment to our clients, who are like family to us.

Professional Services with Community Ideals

We have been serving the Triangle area through four generations of the Tilley family. Acme Plumbing Co. was started by W. Laurence Tilley, Sr., under the name of S & T Plumbing. In 1952, W. L. “Dub” Tilley, Jr. and his wife, Shirley, joined the company full time and the name was changed to Tilley’s Acme Plumbing & Heating Company and then, simply, Acme Plumbing & Heating Company. In 1957 the business was incorporated.

The business originally worked out of the Tilley residence, first on North Duke Street and then in 1952 to the family garage on what is now Olympic Drive. In 1964, the company acquired Paschall Brothers Plumbing which resulted in a 20-year lease at 326 West Geer Street. In addition to its offices and popular parts counter, Acme included a bath accessory shop, “The Bath Boutique.” In 1983, Acme purchased property around the corner and moved to 636 Foster Street.  In addition to the do-it -yourself parts counter, a designer showroom was created as Acme went into the kitchen and bath remodeling business.  Larry Tilley joined the commercial department and Lee Ann Tilley took charge of the showroom.  In 2016 their son Laurence Tilley joined the business.

In 2021, after 37 years on Foster Street, the business left downtown to make way for the GeerHouse apartments.

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Commercial Plumbing & Construction

Acme has been involved in a wide range of plumbing and heating projects with contracts ranging up to $1.6 million and higher. When the heating market began to shift more toward air and away from hydronics, our company decided to evolve into a business primarily focused on both plumbing and piping.

In 1984, W. L. “Larry” Tilley, III, now president, joined the business. He brought with him the expertise of a professional engineer to further strengthen the business’ commercial design/build capacity. Then, in 1992, Gerald Byrd joined the company; Corey Jacobs joined in 1999. These two manage the projects with assistance from the Project Foreman. The crews usually consist of a lead plumber and journeyman or apprentice. Jobs are manned as needed by these two-man crews. Currently, there are 10 crews available.

Residential Service Plumbing

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The service business grew with the help of Larry’s wife, Lee Ann, and Bill Drummond who joined the company in 1986. Business ventures that came and went were our “Designer Showroom” and the accompanying kitchen and bath remodeling division which closed in 1996. In 2000, a new division started the business as “Switzerland Air” and then “One Hour Heating & Air,” taking on HVAC service and installations until the summer of 2013. From 2003 through 2013 the service plumbing division operated as “Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.”

Fourth-generation Laurence T. Tilley joined the service team in 2013 and led the company’s efforts to re-invent itself as good old Acme Plumbing Co. In 2020 Norm Sidik took over as service manager.

Today’s service team consists of : William Becking, Norval Cunningham, Efrem Whitehurst, Clay Seekamp, Alejandro Galindo, Edwin Munoz, Alex Rivas, Travis Sanders and Zach Seiler.

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With deep roots in the community, we strive to provide the best in plumbing service and commercial new construction plumbing design and build services. Experience for yourself why we’re the trusted name in plumbing services. Call (919) 688-1348 contact us online to schedule service!

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Why Choose ACME Plumbing?

4th Generation Family Plumbers

4th GenerationFamily Plumbers

Trusted & Recommended Since 1947

Trusted & RecommendedSince 1947

We Stand Behind Our Work

We StandBehind Our Work

Fully Licensed, Bonded & Insured

Fully Licensed,Bonded & Insured

2 Year Warranty On All Parts & Labor*

2 Year WarrantyOn All Parts & Labor*

Won the Super Service Award In 2015 by Angie's List

Won the Super Service AwardIn 2015 by Angie's List

A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau

A+ Rated by theBetter Business Bureau

Top Quality Workmanship

Top QualityWorkmanship

Why Choose Us

With Deep Roots in the Community - We're Proud to Give Back At Every Opportunity

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