The AFGO Difference: Work Ethic Founded on Family Values
For nearly a century, AFGO Mechanical Services has worked around the clock to establish our reputation as an HVAC industry leader. As a family-owned and -operated business, we value loyalty, dedication, and honesty, and we extend these values to our clients.
Our exclusive factory-direct representation for replacement coils, heat exchangers, and tube bundles, comes through our own coil division, Berdell Industries, which is family-owned since 1928.
AFGO is proud to provide comprehensive HVAC services to businesses throughout the New York Metro area, including installation, retrofit, and replacement; custom maintenance agreements; emergency repairs; and more.
Leading Commercial HVAC Services in the New York Metro area
After nearly a century in service, AFGO is proud to be a leading commercial HVAC contractor in the New York Metro area. We’ve seen and done it all, from total system replacements at industrial facilities to rapid emergency repairs for highly trafficked businesses. We are proud to offer top-of-the-line technology and educated, experienced contractors to provide the absolute best heating and cooling services for your business.
Contact us today to schedule HVAC or refrigeration services throughout NYC, Long Island, or Westchester County.
In 1928, AFGO had its humble beginnings when Grandpa Eddie opened a car radiator repair shop called Central Auto Radiator on Thompson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens, New York.
In 1954, Harvey Udell took over the family business and expanded it by creating a new division known as Berdell Industries, which not only repaired car radiators but also air conditioning coils.
By 1985, Berdell Industries was ready to explore opportunities in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. This marked a significant shift, and Harvey Udell retired, passing the torch to his son Glenn Udell, who played a pivotal role in expanding the company.
In 1986, Glenn’s brother, Blaine, joined the Berdell Industries team, solidifying the family’s presence in the business. Together, they began manufacturing various heat transfer equipment, including HVAC coils, shell & tube heat exchangers, tube bundles, and generator coolers. The company continued to grow, evolving into a full-fledged enterprise with a workforce of over 100 employees.
In 1995, the Udell brothers, Glenn and Blaine, took a significant step by establishing AFGO Mechanical Services, Inc. Under their leadership, AFGO started installing replacement units and new HVAC systems throughout the New York City area. Simultaneously, they successfully formed a comprehensive HVAC service department, providing round-the-clock service and maintenance to their clients.
AFGO marked a significant milestone in 2004 when the company moved its headquarters from Woodside to Long Island City. This relocation represented a major expansion for the company and allowed them to operate from a more corporate and central location, further enhancing their presence in the HVAC industry.
In 2015, Glenn Udell retired from the company, marking the end of an era. Blaine Udell, his brother, transitioned into the role of President of AFGO, taking on a leadership role to continue the company’s success in the HVAC industry.
AFGO demonstrated resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Classified as an essential service provider, the company continued to operate safely. AFGO played a crucial role in servicing and repairing equipment for the medical and telecommunications communities during this challenging time, contributing to the broader effort to combat the pandemic.
During 2021, AFGO collaborated with Microsoft to develop customized software for its clients. This enabled our team to efficiently access, analyze, and respond to real-time data, ensuring proactive issue resolution. Technology plays a pivotal role in our commitment to client customization and operational effectiveness.