About

History

For over 70 years, we’ve delivered the best parts, service and people in the industry.

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Cosmo Giudici (bottom), son-in-law Joe Kohanski (left) and son George Sr. celebrate CPE’s 25th anniversary in 1969.

Crescent Parts & Equipment (CPE) is a third-generation, family-owned wholesale distributor of HVACR parts and equipment in both Missouri and Illinois. Our success stems from hiring and developing the most knowledgeable people in the industry and adding value to our products by providing unparalleled service and extensive training programs for our customers.

Our Origins

CPE was founded in August of 1944 by Cosmo Giudici and Clarence Bartling. They began by selling parts for coal stokers and gas burners from a building in St. Louis on the corner of Clayton Avenue and Crescent Avenue, where CPE earned its name.

In the early 1960s, Cosmo and his son George became the sole owners of the company and expanded into the air conditioning business. Less than a decade later, CPE was no longer just a supply house. The company grew rapidly as it built branch locations across Missouri and Illinois, joined key industry organizations and advanced further into the refrigeration market. In just twenty years, CPE became the leading refrigeration wholesaler in the St. Louis area. In 1989, George passed the company down to his seven children, with his eldest son George taking over as president and many of his other children occupying various positions.

Now with 15 locations across Missouri and southern Illinois, CPE serves more customers in more places than ever before, and we’re still growing.

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George Giudici Jr. stands in front of the new Manchester Avenue branch location in 1994.

Our Commitment To You

CPE is committed to making your life easier and your business more successful by providing outstanding customer service and industry expertise along with high quality products by brands you can trust, including American Standard, Emerson Climate Technologies, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Ranco, Sporlan, Mitsubishi, White Rodgers, Chemours, Schneider Electric, and so many more. We always strive to give you what you want, when you need it, at a fair price.