When Mingledorff’s, Inc. was founded in 1939, by a 25-year-old Walter Lee Mingledorff Jr., he had no idea how influential this new “supply house” would become for the HVAC industry. Today, we are proud to be the Southeast’s largest Carrier, Bryant, and Heil distributor with 41 distribution centers and counting. Our mission has always remained the same: Equipping HVAC Professionals to Succeed.
Mingledorff’s, Inc. was founded in 1939 by Walter Lee Mingledorff Jr., a 25 year old engineering graduate from Savannah, Georgia. Originally operating as a franchised Carrier heating and cooling equipment installation contractor, Mingledorff’s first job was to install an air conditioning system at his father-in-law’s home – the first air conditioned home in Savannah.
The original compressor from this installation can be seen in the Mingledorff’s– Savannah Showroom. It was still operating when it was replaced in 1988, 49 years after it was first started.
During WWII, Mingledorff’s ceased all operations to help in the war effort. Mr. Mingledorff himself went to work building minesweepers for the US Navy while many employees went to work for the defense industry or served overseas. At the end of the war, the company began operations again, becoming a direct distributor for Carrier Company and adding diversity by expanding into the retail appliance business.
Top-Rated Heating and Air Distributor in the Southeast
Today, Mingledorff’s Inc. has over 41 locations across the southeast. The company has also obtained full distribution rights of Carrier and Bryant for the majority of Alabama, the panhandle of Florida and Southeast Mississippi. Since 1958, Mingledorff’s has concentrated on their core business as a wholesale distributor to air conditioning contractors and industrial accounts. As a heating and air distributor their number one objective is to provide dealers and contractors the tools and equipment needed for continued success.
The original compressor from Mingledorff’s first job.
Vivian Rahn, one of Mingledorff’s very own “Rosie the Riveters”.
Bud Mingledorff accompanied by Mingledorff’s employees in one of our warehouses.