Matt became a US Marine in 1991 and served in the Marine Reserves. Matt’s civilian job was running an ice company he started in 1992 in Philadelphia, serving ice from an ice platform on State Road. He named it American Ice Company. In 1993, Matt discovered an old, large chimney vacuum in his friend’s father’s garage in Churchville and realized he could offer chimney services during the winter when his ice business slowed down.
Matt opened American Chimney in 1994 and kept the same phone number as American Ice Company and would answer his business phone “You’ve reached American, what can we do for you?” Twenty-eight years later, Matt has grown to over 25,000 customers and services the greater Philadelphia area.
Matt has earned all the certifications offered throughout the country in the chimney industry, including specialized investigative certifications that help provide information to the insurance industry litigation process for legal issues related to the chimney industry. He is also certified to provide training on codes and standards to many industry professionals including building officials, inspectors, and fire marshals.
Matt reviews every job completed by his technicians and compiles a digital photo report if any issues are found, pointing them out in detail so they can be easily reviewed by the homeowner. Matt’s approach is to educate the customer on what conditions exist with either their fireplace chimney, heater chimney, or type of gas logs or woodstove system they have, so that the homeowner can make educated decisions on repairs or installation of a new system.
Matt and his wife Trish, who is also a lifelong Northampton resident, are raising their three children, Jack, Ellie and Maddie in Holland and love to call Bucks County their home. Call 215-364-0881 to schedule your inspection or chimney repairs today.
PHOTO CAP: Matt Halper, with his wife, Trish, and children Jack, Ellie and Maddie.