WARE started in 1952 as Ivan Ware & Son, a residential air conditioning and heating company. Its founder, Ivan Ware, was a former oil burner serviceman for a local oil company. In 1971 under his leadership, the company expanded after listening to his son, Richard Ware, to include a boiler rental business, becoming the first company in the area to provide handling, supervising, installation, start-up and operational services at the customer's request. By 1973 the company was the largest of its kind in the Louisville area. In 1975 Ivan Ware retired due to health reasons, but continued to serve as an advisor to the business.