About Us


Family Owned and Operated Since 1974

As a junior in high school, Wilbert Ottmers began a life-long career in the heating and air conditioning industry. As a youngster, he worked for Fredericksburg Machine Shop and Pfeiffer Refrigeration. In 1974, he purchased Pfeiffer Refrigeration from Henry Pfeiffer and founded Hill Country Refrigeration. With many years of experience, he has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share with our customers in the Texas Hill Country. Wilbert is very well known for his honesty, integrity, and warm sense of humor. In fact, some customers have tagged him with the nickname “Honest Abe”.

Hill Country Refrigeration is a family owned and operated business. Wilbert’s wife, Clara Ann Schaetter Ottmers, has likewise been in the heating and air conditioning business for many years. She has been closely involved in the day to day operations of Hill Country Refrigeration since its inception in 1974. In 1979, Chris Ottmers, son of Wilbert and Clara Ann, joined the business fulltime followed by Lisa Ottmers Crenwelge, daughter, in 1995, Keith Crenwelge, son-in-law, in 1996, and Caleb Brown, grandson in 2006.

The family business has grown tremendously since 1974. It has many long-time employees who have become an integral part of Hill Country Refrigeration and its success in the Texas Hill Country. Wilbert and Clara Ann are both natives of Fredericksburg/Gillespie County and their family roots extend back several generations to the establishment of this wonderful community. They look forward to the continuation of family traditions and community involvement from their family and employees of Hill Country Refrigeration.


Hill Country Refrigeration

432 South Lincoln Street
Fredericksburg, TX 78624