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Bassemier’s: Pros of the Patios;
50 Years in Business

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

In June of 1968, one year after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University, John Bassemier earned a Master of Science degree in Automotive Education.

After five years of study and training, John discovered there were no automotive teaching jobs available in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana.

The only teaching job John could find that remotely reflected his teaching skills were in appliance repair, and Heating & Air Conditioning. John had no direct training or experience, but that didn’t stop him; he accepted the position. 

He then “Hung out his shingle” and began Appliance Sales and Service in his garage behind his home in the near inner city. John hoped when school started that next September, he would have enough experience to be an effective teacher. He contacted all his family, friends, neighbors and his future teaching peers to find work selling and installing appliances. 

John had an immediate flare for promoting and getting his business noticed. The name he chose originally, “Appliance Sales and Service” was his effort to get a higher listing in the Yellow Pages. He soon discovered the acronym wasn’t so good for business so he settled for “Bassemiers’ Home Appliance Sales and Service.”

John and his wife Diane were married the same year, 1968. They soon out-grew their one-car garage and moved into John’s mother’s garage behind her house, which was on a busy street. The business that started in a one-car garage was now selling, installing, and servicing everything, e.g., garbage disposals, wood stoves, gas grills, central heating and air units. The business grew to where it is now, a major force in the Midwest. 

Our History

Bassemier, a name that has deep roots in the Tri-State.  For three generations, the Bassemier family that has been active in the growth of the community, in politics, education, community activities, social clubs, restoration of a landmark building, and enrichment in the values of our youth.

Bassemier’s Fireplace, Patio & Spas is now located on East Morgan Avenue. It has an award-winning showroom that offers products creating an inviting patio, deck or backyard setting; patio furniture, grills, spas, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, outdoor fire pits, outdoor fans and a complete line of accessories.

The next generation of Bassemier’s, James and Jeff, have been instrumental in the growth of the company for over 20 years, continuing a commitment of delivering only the best in every aspect.

Bassemier’s will continue to serve the Tri-State by offering products that change the way people enjoy their homes, patios, and services.

Contact John Bassemier,, 812-453-2277.

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