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American Refrigeration Supplies, Inc. (“ARS”) is a premier wholesale distributor of refrigeration, air conditioning and heating parts, supplies, and equipment.  Our mission:  To deliver exceptional value to our customers (primarily licensed contractors and qualified service technicians), by providing a broad-range of high quality products, in inventory and at fair prices, combined with knowledgeable customer service staff, in order to help our customers succeed in their business.

 

OUR HISTORY

The Company, headquartered in Phoenix, has been in business since 1940.  We began with a single location at 231 South Central, in Phoenix.  As the business grew, so did our footprint in Arizona.  A Tucson store was opened through an acquisition in 1948, and our Yuma location opened in 1956.  In 1976, we expanded outside of Arizona by first incorporating in Virginia, then acquiring a Texas and New Mexico company in 1979:  Refrigeration Suppliers, Inc.  Additional acquisitions and store openings followed in the 1980’s and 1990’s, with more store openings one-at-a-time thereafter.  In 1996, we moved into our current headquarters at 2632 East Chambers, in Phoenix.  We now have 31 branch locations across Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Virginia. 

Timeline

ARS History Timeline

OUR OWNERSHIP

In 1970, another long-time Arizona company, the Kitchell Corporation, and a gentleman named Al Owens (who relocated to Arizona as part of the acquisition), bought ARS and its then three locations.  Mr. Owens became its President.  Eventually, Mr. Owens sold his ownership to Kitchell in 1992 and retired several years later.  Stephen Martin, our current CEO, was named President of the Company in 1992, having begun his career with ARS in 1978.    

Today, Kitchell is employee-owned and a well-respected General Contractor, Construction Manager and Real Estate Development Company (http://www.kitchell.com).  While our two companies have historically operated and continue to operate independently, together we comprise one of the larger privately-held companies in Arizona, united in the Kitchell motto: “Together, building value every day.”

 

OUR PEOPLE

At ARS, we strive to create a culture where our people promote some of our important values: Honesty, Integrity, Quality, Loyalty, and Respect.  Our ability to provide exceptional customer service comes from our efforts to live out these values every day, as we fulfill our mission.

 

Headquarters Management Team

            Chief Executive Officer                                    Steve Martin

            President                                                          John White

            Vice President                                                  Joe Ward

            Vice President Business Development          Jack Sinkler

            Director of HVAC Sales                                    Ken Welch

            Regional Sales Director                                    Tim Gilligan

            Director of Inventory Control/Purchasing      Joe Coniglio

            Director of Finance & Accounting                    Michael Leo

            Director of Information Systems                     Wendy Jindra

            Corporate Credit Manager                                Brad Brown

            Business Operations/Development Dir.          Chris Attel

            Payroll / Business Services Manager              Lisa Carrier

            Accounting Manager                                         Lorna Fletcher

 

Division Management Team

            Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, & Las Vegas         Tim Gilligan, Regional Sales Director

            Southern California                                               Brad Peacock, Regional Sales Manager

            Northern California                                               Jim Chanos, Division Manager

            Virginia                                                                   Mickey Boyer, Regional Sales Manager

 

Branch Teams

Of course, the most important people in our organization are those directly serving our customers in our branch locations throughout the country, bringing value each and every day.  Please visit them, in store or connect with us on Facebook or Linkedin.