About Crescent Parts

Your Trusted HVACR Parts and Equipment Service Provider

Since 1944, we’ve delivered the best parts, service and people in the industry.

History

Crescent Parts & Equipment (CPE) is a third-generation, family-owned wholesale distributor of HVACR parts and equipment in Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa. 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.

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 E. 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 C. taking over as president and many of his other children occupying various positions. In 2019, Crescent acquired Dennis Company, expanding into Iowa and northwestern Illinois.

Now with 18 locations across Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa, CPE serves more customers in more places than ever before, and we’re still growing.

Cosmo Giudici (bottom), son-in-law Joe Kohanski (left) and son George Sr. celebrate CPE’s 25th anniversary in 1969.
Cosmo Giudici (bottom), son-in-law Joe Kohanski (left) and son George Sr. celebrate CPE’s 25th anniversary in 1969.
George Giudici Jr. stands in front of the new Manchester Avenue branch location in 1994.
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. Brands like American Standard, Emerson, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Aprilaire, Sporlan, Mitsubishi Electric, White Rodgers, Chemours, Nest, and so many more. We always strive to give you what you need, when you need it, at a fair price.

Crescent Cares

We’re committed to supporting worthy causes and caring for those in need.

Crescent Cares is the philanthropic program at Crescent Parts & Equipment, dedicated to helping those in need in our community. Our aim is to partner with our employees and the nonprofit organizations they support to donate funds and resources. Having 18 locations in three states means we’re fortunate to be part of many great communities, and giving back to those communities (and beyond) however we can is a fundamental part of our company.

Here are some of the many ways we have done just that:

June 2020 – Thanking First Responders

Crescent donated money to help provide a meal for first responders in Des Moines County, IA. We are proud to support the work they are doing to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 2020 – Socially Distanced 5K for Kids

Even during a pandemic, Crescent employees and their family members banded together, virtually, and each walked/ran 5k for the Little Bit Foundation’s Run 4 Kids! The Little Bit Foundation, through partnerships with area schools, serve as the convener of programs that provide for students’ essential needs, giving, serving and advocating for impoverished children in St. Louis.

2017 to Present – Making a Difference in Young Lives

For the past few years, Crescent employees have teamed up to sponsor three school-age children in Burkina Faso, located in in northwestern Africa, through Sheltering Wings. The organization provides an orphanage, school, and clinic to people in need in Burkina Faso. We also routinely donate money and school supplies to this worthy cause.

2018 – Bringing Holiday Joy to Needy Families

Santa’s Helpers began in 1968 when its founder, Rita Swiener, heard about a family that had fallen through the cracks of social support and would not be helped over Christmas. Knowing the importance of Christmas gift-giving, Rita and a few friends sprang into action and provided presents for every member of the family. Since that day, Santa’s Helpers has provided the spirit of Santa to thousands of St. Louis families over the years. In late 2018, Crescent set up toy donation bins at each branch. We were happy to collaborate with Rita this holiday season to bring some joy to needy families in our area!

2017 – Ensuring Comfort Doesn’t Come At a Cost

Sunnyhill is a non-profit that provides residential support, recreation and educational opportunities for people with disabilities in the Greater St. Louis area, and they simply didn’t have room in their budget for new HVAC equipment they greatly needed. In May 2017, we stepped in and donated the necessary equipment to two of Sunnyhill’s buildings, both in the DeSoto, Missouri area.

2017 – Taking Part in a Day for Change

May 11, 2017 was Give STL Day, a special day in the St. Louis area dedicated to raising funds for local non-profits. As a company proud to be founded and headquartered in St. Louis, we did our part by donating to Cancer Support Community, an organization that provides comprehensive support and education to those affected by cancer.

2016 – Keeping Jack Frost Away

When Joshua Woolard, a disabled military veteran, and his wife Rachel, who has multiple sclerosis and is paralyzed from the chest down, couldn’t afford costly repairs to their furnace when it broke down during freezing temperatures December 2016, we pitched in by donating a brand new furnace to the deserving couple.

2016 – Lending a Helping Hand

The Show-Me Christian Youth Home in La Monte, Missouri goes beyond traditional foster care by providing specialized programs to children in need, and in October 2016 they had to replace an old air conditioning unit. When they couldn’t find room in their budget for such an expense, Crescent donated the unit at no cost.

2016 – Helping Those Who Deserve It Most

On July 8, 2016, a first responder in St. Louis, Officer Mike Flamion, was injured in the line of duty, leaving him confined to a wheelchair and struggling to get around his home. That’s when the Gary Sinise Foundation stepped in and paid for a wheelchair-accessible home to be built for him. We provided the home’s HVAC equipment, including two variable speed furnaces, two air conditioners, and two voice-controlled thermostats, at a heavily discounted rate. Equipment was installed by Crestside Heating & Cooling.

2000 to Present – Support Those That Support Others

Since the early 2000s, Crescent has donated over $1.2 million in both money and equipment to Doorways, a non-profit organization that provides housing and other services to people affected by HIV/AIDS. The garden at one of their many locations is also named in honor of Joseph Giudici, grandson of Crescent founder Cosmo Giudici.