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In 1947, two brothers, Lenny and Sante DeLeo, opened a wholesale supply business. As is common, they named the business after their grandchildren, and used the first letters of their grandchildren's names to launch AMAF Supply. Sante's son, Henry joined the business and in the early years of the business, there were three separate branches of AMAF Supply.
Unfortunately, in 1971, Lenny DeLeo became ill and decided to sell his store. This led to the dissolution of the original AMAF Supply, as Sante changed his branch to Sante's Heating and Henry's store became Henry's Heating. A prospective sale of AMAF Supply in 1971 was interrupted by Lenny's death.
In January 1973, Lenny's widow sold AMAF Supply to Frank Grannieri. When Frank bought the business, it was located at 59-33 Fresh Meadow Lane, Fresh Meadows. Prior to his purchase of AMAF Supply, Frank had been involved in several companies, ncluding a family oil business, which he left at an early age to "strike out" on his own. He operated an industrial catering company, a Carvel ice cream store and a trucking business. Nothing prepared him for a wholesale supply house, though, and in the beginning, it was a lot of hours spent learning the business. There were many late nights that often wondered what he had gotten himself into as he poured over the books, worked on paperwork, learned new products, and the thousands of things a business owner has to do when he is learning a new business.
AMAF Supply moved to its present location on the Service Road of the L.I.E. in 1974, when Frank rented a small store on the block. Through the years he expanded and in 1993, he bought the entire strip of stores in which AMAF is located.
1982 was a great year for AMAF Supply. That's the year that Scott Lupardo was 16 years old and looking for a part time job. As a high school student, he worked part time and summer, doing all the grunt jobs. Scott attended Queens College for 1 1/2 years and graduated from QueensBorough at night with his degree in business, all the while working at AMAF. Starting at the bottom and working his way up to positions of responsibility, Scott quickly learned the business. He saw how the future was going and started to expand into the commercial end of the business. Scott then became a VicePresdent and a shareholder.
In 1999, Frank suddenly passed away and Scott took over the entire business. Scott has brought AMAF to where it is today. He is vocal in expressing his opinions when he feels his industry and his customers have been wronged and has worked long and hard to insure fair treatment from manufacturers and associations for wholesalers and customers.
In 2010, after the sad passing of Jeoff Roes, Steven Esposito and his son, Steve Jr. joined the AMAF team and became a partner in Manhattan Heating and Cooling. Steve Sr. comes from an extensive 20 plus year real estate management and sales background where he managed coop and condos up to high end rental apartments in Manhattan. Steve has always been fascinated by large boilers and large mechanical systems and loves the business more and more every day.
In 2014, Scott and Steve decided to merge AMAF Supply and Manhattan Heating together and now both stores fall underneath the AMAF family umbrella. All fourteen employees are knowledgeable people who pride themselves that no question is too tough. Scott and Steve's plan is to be there for their customer for the next fifty years and appreciate the support they have received from their customer through the years. Looking towards the future Scott and Steve have purchased a building in Long Island City and plan to open a super store at the new location. They are also planning to move the Manhattan store to a more convenient location and are at this very moment looking for future locations within the New York metropolitan area to open a fourth location.