The Cleveland Plumbing Supply Company is a 4th generation family owned business founded in 1932 by Robert Bunawitz. Robert started in the plumbing industry as a plumber, later moving into the wholesale side of the business by becoming a partner in Beckett Supply Co. In a bold move during the height of the great depression, he opened up the first Cleveland Plumbing Supply location at 131st and Union Ave on the East side of Cleveland. By 1940 the business had out grown the original location, and operations were moved to our current 11001 Union Ave store.
Bob Bunowitz eventually turned over control of Cleveland Plumbing Supply to his step son Dick Morvilius, following Dick’s return from service in World War II. Dick was later joined by his brother-in–law, Art Kaplansky, after Art’s service in the Korean War. Dick and Art continued to grow the business through the 1950s and early ‘60s. Dick focused on growing the commercial business, while Art focused on residential. Art eventually left to pursue other business opportunities. Cleveland Plumbing Supply remained mostly unchanged under Dick’s ownership.
Soon after, 3rd generation owner Rick Morvilius II took over operations. He saw the need to expand the business and opened a store and showroom in Chagrin Falls in 1985. Close behind was our North Ridgeville location in 1988, Middlefield in 1992, Wooster in 1995, and Medina in 1999. Rick continued to grow the business with the purchase of Western Reserve Plumbing Supply in 2000, and Brown Supply in 2008. Those businesses were combined to form the Mentor location in 2009.
Rick is now semi-retired and has turned day to day operations over to his sons Bart Morvilius and Rick Morvilius III. Bart and Rick are focused on continuing to responsibly grow the business with the help of more than sixty dedicated and professional coworkers.
Cleveland Plumbing Supply is a full service supply house for commercial contractors and retail customers alike. It is our pleasure to serve the plumbing, heating, fire protection and excavation industries from our seven NE Ohio locations. If you’re a commercial contractor, contact one of inside or outside sales representatives to see what we can do for your business. Retail customers should contact their closest location and speak one of counter representatives for the best possible service. We also offer delivery to the job or your home with our own fleet of trucks. And for the plumber, architect, or homeowner looking for the latest in plumbing fixtures, stop in or contact our sales staff at the newly remodeled Chagrin Falls Showroom.