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The Cohen family has been in the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning wholesale industry since 1959 when Seymour Cohen founded The Star Supply Company at its original address on the corner of Olive Street and Water Street in New Haven, Connecticut. It was then that Seymour began cultivating strong relationships with customers in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts by providing reliable, quality products and top-notch customer service. These were the building blocks for the foundation of loyalty on which The Star Supply Company stands.

 

In the 1960s, The Star Supply Company relocated to a larger warehouse and office space on State Street in New Haven. From there, Star Supply continued to grow by offering quality products, unmatched educational opportunities and technical assistance, as well as its first of many customer incentive programs, such as trips to tropical destinations. It was on one such incentive travel trip in 1984, that Seymour Cohen handed over the gavel of leadership to his son, Larry.

The Company continues to promote proven products and services that contribute to expanding its already thriving customer base.   This is evident by the Company's expansion into the refrigeration market in the 1980's and into the hydronics market in the 1990's. In the 1990's, The Star Supply Company partnered with Trane and Weil-McLain as an independent distributor. Star Supply has continued to succeed in these partnerships because of the high-quality products and beneficial programs available.

 

Driven by demand for increased inventory space to support growing product lines, preparation for transitioning to a bar-coded warehouse, and the need for more space to accommodate a growing company, The Star Supply Company moved. In 2006 the company's newest facility opened for business. Conveniently located at 118 Gando Drive in New Haven near I-91 and I-95, this location offers 165,000 square feet of office space, a state-of-the-art learning center, and a showroom and warehouse focused on customer convenience.

 

In March of 2015, The Star Supply Company gavel was passed into the capable hands of the third generation of Cohens at the annual Trane Dealer Meeting in Hartford. Greg Cohen assumed the position of company President, following proudly in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. Greg has spent the last 14 years working behind the scenes at Star Supply in a multitude of positions, fine tuning how to best continue the forward progress and growth of the company, while staying true to the family legacies that are the cornerstone of the business.