OUR HISTORY

We've been cool since 1945!

Our Legacy of Customer Service

Midwest not only continues to deliver the most effective and cost-efficient HVAC/R solutions for our contractors, we also offer 21st century value. From energy efficiency to heat pumps to solar hydronics and geothermal we are prepared to lead the way where technology meets functionality. I guarantee that you will enjoy the experience of a family-run business. Come share a hunting or fishing story with us and see why our contractors still love to buy from us after 4 generations. Come see what makes us cool after all these years. 

Started With The Beginning

Yup, we’re still cool…even after 72 years! In 1945, our founder great-grandpa Edward, had a vision that wholesale refrigeration would benefit society and create jobs for our WWII veterans.  
Caption: In The bottom left image, we see Edward Semeyn (CA 1945) assisting a customer as his son Jim "Grandpa" Semyen looks on from the right-hand side of the counter.

And It Continued To Grow

Edward’s son, James “Grandpa”, expanded Midwest’s footprint.  Eventually, Grandpa had a desire to move the business to beautiful Northern Michigan to pursue his passion for fishing and hunting. 
Caption: In the upper right image, we see Jim "Grandpa" Semyen (CA Early 1960's) looking onward from the the left-hand side of the counter, anxiously awaiting another customer. If you also look carefully, you'll see a familiar picture hanging on the wall in this very image. 

Along With Our Territory!

In those Northern Michigan olden days, you had to travel uphill in the snow both ways of course and we were doing just that by exclusively selling refrigeration.
Above: These are the three branches of Midwest Refrigeration Supply as they are today.
Left: Newspaper clipping (CA 1972) commemorating the opening of the Traverse City location.

Our Family Continues With High-Quality Service

Since card playing during the winter was getting old, John Edward “Dad” decided to shake things up. In 1990, he began establishing vendor relationships in the HVAC trade. This decision was visionary and is the main reason we are still one of the longest family-run HVAC/R wholesalers in Michigan.  
Caption: John Semeyn Senior: Top Left (CA 1990), Bottom Left  (CA 2000) , Above (CA 2017)

For Today and tomorrow...

I am John Charles, Midwest’s 4th generation owner. During my tenure I have prepared Midwest for the 21st century by matching my passion for technology and our generations of expertise.I invite you to share a hunting or fishing story with us and see why our contractors still love to buy from us after 4 generations. Come see what makes us cool after all these years. 
-John Semyen Jr.
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