Charleston Inc. has evolved through a long family effort.
The present business includes six branches located throughout Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas offering well-known, quality products, technical service support and a dedicated sales team.
Herb Charleston and Paul Bundy start Fremont Engineering Company, a residential plumbing and heating business located in Fremont, NE. Two years later Herb buys out Paul’s interest.
Herb sells Fremont Engineering Company and begins his own business under the name Herb Charleston, Mechanical Contractors.
Herb’s son Don graduated from Purdue University and joins him in the contracting business.
Herb auctions all of his mechanical contracting equipment with a new vision set on the wholesale industry.
In 1969, Herb along with his son Don, founded Charleston Inc., and opened their first location at 2365 N. Broad Street in Fremont, Nebraska.
Bob Charleston, Don’s son, joined the company in 1980 after graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in business management.
Charleston’s first expansion was in 1987 with the opening of their Omaha branch specializing in wholesale distribution heating and air conditioning supplies.
Herb retired and Don took over ownership
Charleston’s third store opened in Lincoln in 1996
Bob becomes president and opens a fourth store in Sioux City, IA.
Don retires after 40 years of service for Charleston Inc.
Our Fremont store was moved to better serve our customers in that area.
The next new location to open was in Des Moines, IA in 2009.
Heating and Cooling Distributors became part of Charleston Inc. in Overland Park, Kansas.
By 2015 both of Bob’s sons have joined the company.
The Kansas location was moved and expanded to meet the growing needs of the area.
Charleston Inc. celebrates 50 years of serving the Midwest! They also extend their customer base to the world wide web through Charleston-inc.com.