In the summer of 1940, Heinz Hildebrandt and William Voorhis founded Universal Engineering Co., with the idea that their new business would manufacture oil burners. However, due to shortages created by World War II, the pair found themselves repairing and fabricating burners rather than manufacturing them. For five years their business developed, becoming a trusted supply and repair facility, and in 1945, Hildebrant and Voorhis built their first Universal shop at 344 Wagaraw Road in Hawthorne, New Jersey—only feet away from where the Hawthorne branch stands today.
Over the decades, Universal Supply Group, Inc. has expanded to include new locations and new product lines, most notably the addition of HVAC equipment in 1986. As the needs of Universal’s customers and local markets grew, so did the company’s inventory, and today, Universal Supply Group, Inc. proudly offers a complete, robust line of products and services for HVAC contractors in New Jersey and the New York Metro area.
Products and Promise
Under its parent organization, CCOM, Universal Supply Group, Inc. and its family of companies is listed as one of HARDI’s top 50 HVAC distributors. In 2015, Universal was also named a Honeywell Diamond Distributor. With seven locations, 80 employees, and over 75 years of experience in controls, building management, and energy systems, Universal Supply Group, Inc. is a premier technical supply house, providing industry solutions for thousands of new residential and commercial projects each year.
Our commitment to customers is to provide the right products, at the right time, with the right price. We pride ourselves on the highest level of expertise, service, and fulfillment standards in the industry.
Looking Towards the Future
Under the leadership of Pete Gasiewicz , Universal Supply Group looks forward to a continued commitment to excellence and industry advancement.
Upon joining Universal Supply Group as the Vice President of Sales in 2008, Pete developed and grew the business in both the residential and commercial HVAC sectors until 2011, when he moved into the role of COO. His success at strengthening the company’s infrastructure while providing the best quality of service to customers in that role led to his appointment as President of Universal Supply Group and CEO of the entire CCOM organization, which includes Universal Supply in New Jersey, RAL Supply in New York, and S&A Supply in Western Massachusetts.
Pete has spent his career in HVAC, gaining extensive knowledge and experience in the industry and distribution channels. His prior experiences at Carrier (ICP) and Fedders have given him perspective in both distribution and manufacturing, uniquely qualifying him to develop and execute Universal’s business strategy and ensure success in the future. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Ramapo College and has obtained a variety of technical certifications. He also has a continuing education background at Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. Pete is a proud Marine and Vietnam-era veteran.