ABR Wholesalers, Inc. is a wholesale distributor of heating, air-conditioning, and hydronics products servicing western, southern, and upstate NY. Our specialty is bringing you professional, friendly customer service represented by our wheel of service. We are active members of the local ASHRAE and ACCA chapters and a member of the Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI). Our modern distribution facility and inventory control places an emphasis on establishing high fill rates for our customer demands.
We strive every day to offer fast, friendly, and professional customer service to make it easy and enjoyable for contractors and business partners to do business with us. With our average employee tenure at ten years, our business is built by the hard work of our employees.
Vincent James Monaco, Sr., known by all as Jim, was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY in the shadow of Ebbets Field. He spent many hot summer days selling goods during the baseball games. Jim’s father, who was a barber, cut the hair of many famous baseball players. Jim himself, received training at a barber school, but decided that it was not the career for him. Jim attended Brooklyn Tech and the Pratt Institute. After a stint in the Air Force, Jim spent his whole working career in the heating and air conditioning industry.
At the start of the 1960’s, Jim left his sales position with General Electric’s HVAC division in Long Island, NY to join York Company. He was assigned to work in Rochester, NY for two years. The whole Monaco family moved to western New York and discovered that Rochester was a great place to work and raise a family. When the opportunity arose to buy out his employer, Jim seized the chance to start his own company. ABR Wholesalers, Inc. was founded on November 1, 1966.
Having operations in Albany, Buffalo, and Rochester, the new company was named ABR Wholesalers, Inc. Jim, however, was always quick to point out that ABR also stood for Always Buy Right! The company was located on St. Paul Street for ten years prior to moving to its present location at 510 North Goodman Street.
The building that houses ABR Wholesalers, Inc. has undergone three major expansions including a historic warehouse addition in 1982. The counter area was totally revamped in 2003 to create a Prostock Showroom. In its present configuration, the ABR facility utilizes 39,000 square feet for offices, sales showroom, and warehouse. There is also ample parking for customers and employees. The corporate office is currently staffed by 31 employees. Half of these employees have been with ABR for over ten years.
ABR has gone through several changes throughout the years. We no longer have a physical connection to Albany. We, however, have recently placed a salesman in the area. We hope to open a branch in the Albany area in the near future.
Our Buffalo branch, which is located at 94 Benbro Drive opened in 1987. The facility is comprised of 15,015 square feet of space. Nine employees currently staff the Buffalo branch.
ABR has grown into the Syracuse area as well as the southern tier. We opened our Syracuse branch at the end of 2005. The facility is comprised of over 12,300 square feet and is located at 222 Teall Avenue. Nine employees currently staff the Syracuse branch.
Jim Monaco, Sr. passed away on March 28, 2001, but he left a legacy that his family chose to carry on. ABR has always been a family owned and run business and continues that way today. Jim’s wife, Ruth now owns the company and comes in daily to aid in the every day functions of the business. Jim and Ruth’s daughter, Jody is the company’s C.E.O. Jody’s husband, Matthew McGarry is the President. Jim and Ruth’s son, Jim, Jr. is one of the company’s salespeople. Each member of the Monaco family continues to carry on business at ABR in the manner that Jim Sr. taught them. With the help of their experienced staff, they provide excellent products and services to their customers at the best possible price. At ABR Wholesalers, Inc. the customer will Always Buy Right!