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Press Photo by Katherine Grandstrand Cole Gresens, left, and Philip Smith left Kansas for southwest North Dakota and have opened Top Notch Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning in Gladstone.

They’re not in Kansas anymore: Friends move to southwest ND to open plumbing, HVAC business


Philip Smith and Cole Gresens took a gamble branching out on their own.

After working for others for more than a decade each, Smith and Gresens set up Top Notch Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, which officially opened in January in Gladstone.

“We take just as much pride in our service as we do our work,” Smith said

They came from Kansas with another company to do work and saw opportunity in the oil boom to create a different type of HVAC company.

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Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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