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Serving Professional Tradesman, Contractors, Remodelers, & Homeowners Since 1874

Knapp Supply has been serving professional tradesman, contractors, remodelers and homeowners for over 150 years. Knapp Supply has a strong tradition of leadership in the plumbing and building trades industry for all of Indiana, Western Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

In an era before reality TV and pizza delivery at the click of a button, Alexander Knapp founded his china and terra cotta pipe business on the border of Ohio and Indiana in Union City.

Since that time when indoor plumbing was in its infancy and the gas-boom days were industrializing the area, Knapp Supply has carried on Alexander’s vision of providing the best quality material and merchandise at the most affordable price.

Our History

Knapp Supply’s long history goes back to just after the Civil War. After being honorably discharged from the Union Army in March 1864 for injuries that he suffered at the Battle of Chickamauga, Captain Alexander A. Knapp moved to Union City, Indiana.

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In 1871, Capt. Knapp was elected to the Union City Council, where he oversaw the construction of the Union City Waterworks.  With the completion of the Union City Waterworks, demand for plumbing supplies was great.  So, in 1874, Capt. Knapp started a “plumber, steam, and gas fitter” supply company in Union City.  With a investment capital of $25,000, Capt. Knapp incorporated his company into “Knapp Supply Co.” in 1889.

Due to his declining health, Capt. Knapp sold Knapp Supply Co. in 1890 to L.C. Huesmann.  With the business growing and transportation improving, Mr. Huesmann moved Knapp Supply Co. to Muncie, Indiana in 1926.

In 1930, William E. Price became president of Knapp Supply Co. and continued in that role until his son, Charles Price, succeeded him in 1950.

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Under Charles Price’s leadership, Knapp Supply Co. grew to serve as many as seven states at one time, added kitchen products to its product lines, and changed the company’s emphasis from plumbing and heating to industrial lines.

When financial problems hit Knapp Supply in the mid-1970s, a former Delaware County builder, Louis Feick, purchased Knapp Supply.  With Mr. Feick’s leadership and guidance substantial business growth was developed through the 80’s. In the early 90’s after the passing of Louis, James Feick took over leadership of the company.

On September 12, 2014, Knapp Supply celebrated their 140th Anniversary by hosting a block party for their customers, suppliers, and the general public.

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