Sid Harvey's Celebrates 75 Years in Wholesale Distribution in 2006

Garden City, NY   Dec. 23, 2005 - The Long Island based national wholesaler, Sid Harvey's, has the distinction of celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2006.

The company was founded by Sidney W. Harvey in 1931. He rented a second-story office in Hempstead, NY and his inventory consisted of 10 oil burners. Mr. Harvey had the foresight to envision that automatic oil heating would overtake coal as the predominant energy source. In short order, he also began a business of refurbishing parts for heating equipment. Thus, the unique nature of the business was born. While the HVAC/R industry has many OEM manufacturers and many distributors, Sid Harvey's is unique in the trade as both a distributor and a manufacturer. As a wholesale distributor, Sid Harvey's is further differentiated by offering a diverse product line that crosses several disciplines including parts and equipment for the heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, and plumbing trades.

Today, Sid Harvey's operates 74 branches from Maine to Maryland on the east coast, with branches in the Midwest and in the Rocky Mountain region. A very recent acquisition of a four-branch distributor in W. Virginia, further opens new markets for the company. Outlets are supplied by a 162,500 sq. ft. Central Distribution Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA. A new 77,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant is in the process of being outfitted in Andrews, SC at this time.

With more than 50,000 SKU items for sale and more than 30,000 customers, Sid Harvey's has evolved from a supplier to a service provider for the HVAC/R industry, developing innovative service programs designed to help their customer base increase profitability by eliminating some of the obstacles facing businesses in today's competitive environment. With programs like C.I.S. (Customized Inventory Solutions) and Employment Solutions, Sid Harvey's has been able to remove some of the burden of its contractor/owners. More details on these services can be found on the company's website at

Sid Harvey reflected on his company's longevity saying, "Our Company's success is directly attributable to the quality of our employees, most who are with us for years or even decades. Their dedication to our customers makes all the difference in our profitability and growth and in that of our customers. We eagerly look forward to the challenges that will be faced as we move into the next phase of growth and change in our business."

Sid Harvey's is one of the nation's largest wholesale distributors of
refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating, equipment, accessories, and supplies,
and the world's largest remanufacturer of replacement parts for the industry.