Commers Water Softeners Turns Seventy

Sixty-five years ago John Commers opened Commers The Water Store.

Seventy years ago John Commers opened Commers The Water Store. The year was 1947 and John Commers had just moved from Minneapolis to St. Anthony. After the move he quickly realized the affliction known as hard water. Mr. Commers proceeded to study hard water and the water softening process at the local library. He realized he could combine his new found knowledge of the water industry and his technical mechanical engineer training from his service during World War II to create a new small business. John said, of his new company, “I wanted to build a better water softener that was service free and easy to maintain if need be.”

Seventeen years later, in 1964 John Commers turned the business over to his son John G. Commers Jr. and his wife Patricia. John and Patricia turned the company into the largest independent water softener dealer in Minnesota. They added a salt delivery service, established two U.S. patents and started manufacturing Commers branded Water softeners. By manufacturing their own water softeners they were able to leave the “one-size-fits-all” approach and began being able to customize their softeners to each individual household. By specifically customizing each water softener, Commers units are more salt efficient and longer lasting than others on the market.

In an effort to provide a comprehensive approach to solving people’s water problems Commers marketed its first drinking water system in 1978. Continuing to provide customers with the best possible drinking water solutions, in 1980 Commers began working with a new technology called reverse osmosis.  Today, Commers continues to be a leading company in delivering customers the highest quality residential drinking water.

Near the turn of the century Commers decided to upgrade their facility. They moved from northeast Minneapolis to Blaine in 1999. Soon after shifting their headquarters, Commers opened two more stores in order to better serve the Twin Cities. Commers Minnetonka opened its doors in 2002, while Commers Burnsville opened in 2004.

As Commers turns Seventy, we continue to strive to the remain leader in Twin Cities water softening business by custom making our units and living up to our founder’s motto.

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