Cleveland Plumbing Supply Company
The Cleveland Plumbing Supply Company was founded by Robert Bunawitz in 1932. It is now a fourth-generation family-owned business. Robert began his career in plumbing as a plumber. He later became a partner in Beckett Supply Co. He opened the first Cleveland Plumbing Supply store at Union Ave and 131st Street in the East, during the heights of the Great Depression. The original location was outgrown by 1940 and the business moved to the current 11001 Union Ave location.
After Dick returned from World War II service, Bob Bunowitz finally handed control of Cleveland kitchen plumbing Supply over to his step-son Dick Morvilius. After Art’s Korean War service, Dick was joined by Art Kaplansky, his brother-in-law. Art and Dick continued to expand the business throughout the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. Dick was focused on the growth of the commercial business while Art concentrated on residential. Art left to pursue new business opportunities. Cleveland Plumbing Supply was largely unchanged under Dick’s management.
Soon thereafter, Rick Morvilius II, the third generation owner, took over operations. In 1985, he saw the need for expansion and opened a showroom and store in Chagrin Falls. Our North Ridgeville store was opened in 1988. Middlefield was opened in 1992. Wooster was opened in 1995. Medina was opened in 1999. Rick continued to expand the business by purchasing Western Reserve terrys plumbing Supply in 2000 and Brown Supply 2008 in 2008. These businesses were combined to create the Mentor location in 2009.
Rick has now semi-retired, and has handed over the day to his sons Bart Morvilius III and Rick Morvilius III. Bart and Rick have a shared goal to grow the business responsibly with the support of over sixty professional coworkers.
Cleveland Plumbing Supply offers a complete service supply house to both commercial contractors and retail customers. We are proud to serve the excavation, heating, fire protection, and precision plumbing industries from seven locations in Northeast Ohio. Contact one of our outside or inside sales representatives if you are a commercial contractor to learn more about what we can do. For the best service, retail customers should call their nearest location to speak with a representative. Our own trucks can also deliver to your job or home. For homeowners, architects, and plumbers looking for the most up-to-date plumbing fixtures, visit our newly renovated Chagrin Falls Showroom.