Harry Tepe founded Controlled Air, Inc. in the late 1950s as a manufacturer’s representative for HVAC equipment. He incorporated in 1961.

Harry worked from a downtown office until 1964. At that time, Harry joined forces with another rep, Irv Edwards. They continued to share office space and a secretarial person into the 1980s. Through the 1970s these offices were in the Nurre Brothers Building on Paddock Rd. Harry’s son Pat, the current President, joined the firm in 1975. This began a new era for Controlled Air.

Based on customer feedback, Harry and Pat felt that warehousing product was needed in this area. To accomplish this, Controlled Air, Inc. moved again to Anthony Wayne Ave. in 1981. Two years after this move, son Andy, now Vice President, joined Harry and Pat and the company continued to prosper and grow into the next decade.

In 1991 Controlled Air, Inc. took occupancy of their new building on Mustafa Drive in Sharonville. To facilitate the continuing growth, new construction was started on Tramway Drive in 2000 and the move was made in 2002.

Today, Controlled Air has 12 full time employees, representing over 25 product lines with sales in excess of $10 million per year.

We are proud of our long history and will continue to serve our customers and represent our vendors with the hard work, dedication, and integrity we have always supplied.


Controlled Air employs a full time Professional Engineer, Clinton Schwartz.  Clint is licensed in the State of Ohio and has been with Controlled Air since 2003.  His expertise provides our customers with the knowledge and applicat

Controlled Air employs a second Sales Engineer to support consulting engineers, Joe Zirkelbach. Joe is an EIT and a LEED AP who joined Controlled Air in late 2009 after spending the previous 3.5 years as a consulting engineer here in Cincinnati. He is available to provide our customers with the knowledge and application assistance to incorporate our products into air distribution systems to meet the needs of the project while maximizing efficiency.

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