Another top lister in the best companies in HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Recovery) industry is Imperial. It came a long way to arrive at its success today.


Imperial Journey

  • 1905 is when Imperial Brass Manufacturing Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois. It pioneered in the making of brass valves and fittings.
  • On the other hand, in the same year the Milbar Corporation, a Chagrin Falls, Ohio specialty tool manufacturer, is acquired by Stride Tool. Milbar® brand has been designing and manufacturing safety wire twisters in northeast Ohio for over 60 years.
  • In 1996, the tool and accessory division of Imperial Brass in Niles, Illinois was acquired by Stride Tool.  As the Imperial brand is determined to maintain its legacy of innovation and excellence, it expanded to more product lines under the Stride Tool.
  • In 2004 New headquarters and centralized manufacturing facility opens in Glenwillow, Ohio
  • 2006 Imperial Ratcheting Mini Tube Cutter brings home the bacon by winning the Dealer Design Gold Award for excellence in the Tools category.
  • 2012 Imperial line acquired Thermal Engineering Company of Mentor, Ohio, manufacturer of vacuum gauges, compressor tools, oil pumps, vacuum pumps, and other HVAC/R service accessories for over 40 years.
  • 2019 DiversiTech Corporation purchases Stride Tool and the Imperial brand, strengthening and focusing on offering tools for HVACR technicians.


Company Specialty

Imperial is a company that has put its name on the top of the best HVACR company list. It's an internationally praised brand that designs and creates specialty tools for HVAC service and other industries. Its mission is to provide specialty tools and solutions to make HVAC&R professionals’ jobs easier. Imperial has been a full-service contractor in business since 1987. The fully-integrated facility with metal fabrication center, warehouse, technical service, engineering, and special service is located in Solon, Ohio.

Imperial is the main brand of Stride Tool, LLC, which headquarter is located in Glenwillow, Ohio. Given its more than a century of experience, Imperial has established a good reputation on designing and producing dependable and quality specialty tools to meet clients and regulatory standards. Imperial tools are used by professional technicians not only in heating and air conditioning but also tube working, automotive, and electrical.



The Imperial has a network of well-trained general technicians available to handle a variety of miscellaneous services. On the go technicians self-perform both scheduled general maintenance services and on-demand, common repair work for clients.

The Core Competencies of their handymen include:

  • Handyman/General Maintenance Services.
  • HVAC Maintenance and Service.
  • Electrical Maintenance and Service.
  • Lighting Maintenance and Repairs.
  • Plumbing and Service.
  • Carpentry, Painting, and Cosmetic Repairs.
  • Asset Inspections

Words on their good customer service have also spread in the HVACR market. Apparently, great honest service is what makes clients remain faithful to a product the most but quality does not sit far from it. Winter is the worst season to get a broken heater and furnace. It does not just give discomfort to the unit owners but it is also quite a sacrifice for technicians to do in-house services and maintenance. It is quite rare to find companies with dedicated maintenance and repair staff.

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