Famous Since 1933

Living The Famous Way

At Famous, our purpose is “To build meaningful relationships for life,” and we strive to fulfill that purpose every day.

Our five core values, Family, Trust Communication, Teamwork, and Continuous Improvement, guide our actions and transcend generations. But what do these values look like in practice? Our 40 Fundamentals that follow provide the answer. They describe the daily behaviors that define our culture and bring our Core Values to life.

FUNDAMENTAL OF THE WEEK:
12. Go Above And Beyond.
Be willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish the job . . . plus a little bit more. Take the next step to solve the problem. Go the extra mile, even if it means doing something that’s not your specific role. It’s that extra effort that separates the ordinary from the extraordinary. See all of our Famous Fundamentals…

Our Famous Legacy

Famous Supply founder, Hyman Blaushild, came to the United States from Latvia in 1922 where he continued his profession as a sheet metal contractor in Cleveland, Ohio. As a contractor, Hyman understood the value and importance of partnering with a wholesaler. When he was not getting the service he needed, he formed direct supplier relationships and changed the focus of his business from contracting to wholesale distribution in 1933. Today, Famous is still wholesale only serving trade professionals.

  • 1920’s

    1922
    – Hyman Blaushild (left) with his brother Bennie before he immigrated to the United States from Latvia to become a sheet metal contractor

  • 1930’s

    1933
    – Hyman Blaushild founds wholesale distributor Famous Furnace on Woodland Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio
    – Jay Blaushild is born

    1934
    – Famous opens a small sheet metal shop on Woodland Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio

    1936
    – Famous establishes a small foundry to manufacture water heater and furnace parts. This operation was closed during World War II as Famous had several associates who joined the Army. Hyman made the decision to continue paying every associate that went off to war and sent a check each week to their families.

  • 1940’s

    1946
    – At age 13, Jay Blaushild begins working as a warehouse and delivery associate at Famous Furnace’s Cleveland branch

    1949
    – Lorain, Ohio branch opens

  • 1950’s

    1950
    – Steubenville, Ohio branch opens

    1951
    – Akron, Ohio and Warren, Ohio branches open

    1952
    – Wheeling, West Virginia branch opens

    1954
    – Mansfield, Ohio branch opens
    – Expansion completed on Warren, Ohio facility

    1956
    – Uniontown, Pennsylvania branch with the company’s first showroom opens

    1958
    – Profit Sharing for all eligible associates begins

  • 1960’s

    1960
    – Famous Furnace is officially renamed Famous Supply due to expanded offering of plumbing and building products

    1962
    – Newark, Ohio branch opens

    1963
    – Acquisition of Sandusky Wholesalers; rebranded as Famous Supply
    – Fremont, Ohio branch opens
    – Marc Blaushild is born

    1964
    – Acquisition of a Canton, OH wholesaler; rebranded as Famous Supply
    – Ashtabula, Ohio branch opens

    1965
    – Showroom in Newark, Ohio opens

    1969
    – Applied Products is formed

  • 1970’s

    1970
    – Hyman Blaushild passes away
    – Jay Blaushild moves into role of President of Famous Supply
    – Acquisition of Morelenmac Supply Company; rebranded as Famous Supply

    1972
    – Acquisition of Ego Supply in Toledo, Ohio; rebranded as Famous Supply
    – Acquisition of Pflueger in Akron, Ohio; rebranded as Famous Supply

    1973
    – Branch and regional distribution center in Washington, Pennsylvania opens

    1974
    – Famous Telephone Supply is formed
    – Acquisition of Norwest in Byesville, Ohio; rebranded as Famous Supply

    1977
    – Corporate headquarters and main distribution center burns to the ground in a fire

    1979
    – Corporate headquarters moves into “The Castle”
    – First Expo is held in the Wheeling Civic Center in Wheeling, West Virginia

  • 1980’s

    1981
    – Uniontown, Pennsylvania branch completes building addition to support expansion

    1982
    – Acquisition of JF Good, HJ Rothwell and LB Manufacturing
    – The LB Manufacturing Company’s name is changed to Heating and Cooling Products (HCP)

    1983
    – Columbus, Ohio branch opens
    – Showroom opens in Uniontown, Pennsylvania branch

    1984
    – First NE Ohio area Expo is held at the Holiday Inn on Rockside Road in Cleveland, Ohio

    1985
    – Marc Blaushild takes position with Famous Telephone Supply
    – Acquisition of Ohio Pump Service; rebranded Famous Supply

    1986
    – Acquisition of Professional Energy Systems (PES)
    – West Side of Cleveland, Ohio branch opens

    1987
    – Showroom opens across the street from Akron, Ohio branch

    1988
    – Brian Blaushild is born
    – Acquisition of Gage in Canton, OH; rebranded Famous Supply

  • 1990’s

    1990
    – Kevin Blaushild is born
    – Acquisition of Pittsburgh Plumbing & Heating Supply – branches in Melwood, New Kensington, Bethel Park, North Hills, Greensburg and Three Rivers, Pennsylvania open.

    1992
    – Showroom opens in Steubenville, Ohio

    1998
    – Showroom opens in Melwood, Pennsylvania
    – Famous begins investing in technology, purchasing over 400 new computers along with Eclipse Enterprise Software

  • 2000’s

    2002
    – Famous Telephone Supply, a non-core asset is divested

    2004
    – Famous establishes partnership with The Make-A-Wish Foundation®

    2005
    – Central Distribution Center opens in Sebring, Ohio
    – Famous University® is established

    2006
    – Marc Blaushild moves into role of President and COO

    2007
    – E-commerce website launches to accommodate online ordering
    – Marc Blaushild assumes role of CEO in addition to President

    2008
    – 75th Anniversary Celebration held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio
    – Five Core Values of Family, Trust, Communication, Teamwork and Continuous Improvement is introduced to the company
    – Famous Film is produced

    2009
    – Famous Family Fund is established to support associates and their families in times of hardship and book scholarship opportunities

  • 2010’s

    2010
    – Rebranding efforts begin with logo redesign
    – Big 6 Game Plan introduction at Driving Profitable Sales associate meeting in Sebring, OH

    2011
    – Voted a Northeast Ohio Top Workplace

    2012
    – Bedford Heights, Ohio branch opens
    – Brian Blaushild moves into Customer Service Manager role in Bedford Heights location

    2013
    – eFamous mobile app goes live

    2014
    – Regional Distribution Center opens in Columbus, Ohio
    – Brian Blaushild moves into Director of Purchasing role
    – Kevin Blaushild moves into Customer Service Manager role in Bedford Heights location

    2015
    – Famous Enterprises moves corporate office and Customer Support Center teams to new headquarters in Akron, Ohio
    – Regional Distribution Center opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    – Brian Blaushild moves into President of Heating and Cooling Products (HCP) role
    – Kevin Blaushild moves into Director of Purchasing role

    2016
    – The 40 Fundamentals for Living the FAMOUS Way are introduced to the company
    – Showrooms rebranded Studio33
    – Showrooms open in Columbus, Ohio Regional Distribution Center and Bedford Heights, Ohio

About Us

We are a leading distributor of quality products in the markets we serve. We provide personalized, accurate and timely service to our valued customers at fair and competitive pricing. We are committed to the continued training and development of our Associates and customers so we may meet your challenges and changing needs.

Famous’ greatest asset is our quality Associates dedicated to serving you, our valued customer!

FAMOUS GIVES BACK

Our Famous Family is a passionate team of individuals who love to give back. Through philanthropic efforts local and afar, Famous Supply invests in changing the lives of children and families by making dreams come true.


Associate Newsletters

In this day and age, people are seeking a more stable work/life balance. It is increasingly important for Famous Supply to share
uplifting news about fellow team members and give our associates the chance to contribute their own voice to our organization.

In addition to sharing through our Newsletter, Famous Supply connects with our associates through social media.

Vol 9, Issue 1 | 2015

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Vol 10, Issue 1 | 2016

Vol 10, Issue 2 | 2016

Vol 11, Issue 1 | 2017

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