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1972

CPS gets established through a friendship. Two business partners, Homer Allen and Charles McCallister, look to expand their parts & services company to Ohio. Bill Hetzler, who has plenty of sales/technician experience, joins them to form CPS on June 1, in Cincinnati, OH.

  • Services are locally focused near the Deer Park office location since there are only 3 employees— Bill, his wife Elizabeth who keeps track of the billing, and one other technician.
  • Originally, CPS began out of the need for smaller appliance repair, such as KitchenAid mixers, GE devices, and Hobart equipment.
  • Some of our first customers were local Cincinnati businesses that are still well-known today, like LaRosa’s Pizza and Montgomery Inn.
  • Within a year, the office expands and moves to the suburb of Plainville, where we’ve thrived for the last 40 years!

1980

CPS continues to grow, built on a foundation of Bill Hetzler’s strong network of relationships in Ohio, plus his hard work and deep commitment to excellence.

  • At first, CPS only did service calls and later introduced parts sales, assembling a catalogue of a few thousand products.
  • We forged new partnerships with up-and-coming food chains such as Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and White Castle which skyrocketed the sales of commercial parts.

1985

Bill starts to explore similar markets nearby to broaden industry opportunities and develop Cincinnati’s service regions. As a result, the second CPS office opens in the historic east side of Dayton, OH. We’re still here today, in the original building!

  • Bill asks his brother-in-law to manage the Dayton branch, furthering solidifying CPS as a family-run company. At the time, the Dayton location primarily administered servicing repairs to further grow customers in the area.

1988

CPS acquires a small company, owned by Woody & Opal, Hetzler’s friends in the commercial parts & service industry. This allows a third office location to open on W. Mound Street in downtown Columbus, OH.

  • Parts and sales continue to bring in more revenue for CPS, especially due to a major Columbus client, the Wasserstrom Company.
  • By this time, we’ve become the nation’s largest Hobart parts provider!

1996

Bill passes the company torch to his son-in-law, Rick Sliter, who starts to run CPS with Hetzler’s guidance.

  • Two years later, CPS lands the largest parts contract in our history by becoming the premier parts provider for Yum! Brands. This includes restaurants such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, A&W and more.
  • Technology is advancing rapidly in many areas of commercial equipment, so CPS adds refrigerators and larger devices to the service offerings.
  • Since there is a shift away from specialization, new technicians are trained to be versatile and adaptable across all areas of parts & services.

2004

CPS Columbus moves locations to the nearby suburb of Hilliard, OH where our office remains today.

2007

Steve and Jeff Sliter take over CPS from their father, proudly ushering in the third generation of family leadership. Steve becomes President and Jeff is the VP.

  • Prior to these positions, Jeff handled the service side of the company, including repairs and warranty submissions, while Steve worked in the parts side of CPS to track sales and manage the accounting.
  • Together, the Sliters maintain the beliefs and values of CPS’s legacy: transparency, loyalty, and fairness to clients and employees.

2013

The CPS Cincinnati location moves to Blue Ash for more inventory space due to a rapidly increasing online market.

  • Due to rising demand, CPS begins utilizing partnerships to become the Authorized Service Agent for much of Ohio.
  • Adding a digital catalogue causes a huge upsurge in sales, increases CPS’s visibility to customers, and generates robust e-commerce revenue.
  • The Sliter brothers continue to build relationships with likeminded family-oriented companies, such as CFESA, to refer new customers to one another, share ideas, and form a supportive community.

2022

CPS celebrates 50 years!

  • With 3 central offices and multiple satellite locations across Ohio, CPS now offers over 5 million parts in its online catalogue, with just over a hundred team members.

1972

CPS gets established through a friendship. Two business partners, Homer Allen and Charles McCallister, look to expand their parts & services company to Ohio.

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1980

CPS continues to grow, built on a foundation of Bill Hetzler’s strong network of relationships in Ohio.

Read More

1985

Bill starts to explore similar markets nearby to broaden industry opportunities and develop Cincinnati’s service regions.

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1988

CPS acquires a small company, owned by Woody & Opal, Hetzler’s friends in the commercial parts & service industry.

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1996

Bill passes the company torch to his son-in-law, Rick Sliter, who starts to run CPS with Hetzler’s guidance.

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2004

CPS Columbus moves locations to the nearby suburb of Hilliard, OH where our office remains today.

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2007

Steve and Jeff Sliter take over CPS from their father, proudly ushering in the third generation of family leadership. Steve becomes President and Jeff is the VP.

Read More

2013

The CPS Cincinnati location moves to Blue Ash for more inventory space due to a rapidly increasing online market.

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2022

CPS celebrates 50 years!

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