About Us

A Brief History


Originally founded in 1946 by Ed Taze in Baltimore, Maryland, Chesapeake Distributor Products Group (formerly Taze & Hewitt) has been meeting the plumbing and hydronic heating needs of engineers, contractors, building owners and distributors in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  With offices in Richmond, Virginia, and the greater Baltimore/Washington DC area, Chesapeake DPG represents quality manufacturers in the hydronic heating and plumbing equipment industry. We offer years of systems application knowledge and expertise in plumbing and hydronic heating to the wholesaler, contractor, and engineering community.

In 2006, Taze and Hewitt was acquired by Chesapeake Systems, LLC -- a commercial HVAC manufacturer's representative in the Maryland/DC/Virginia Markets which is owned and operated under the leadership of R.L. Gladden, Jr., President, and CEO.

 In 2016, Coastal Sales, another division under the Chesapeake Systems, LLC umbrella has consolidated into the Taze & Hewitt division. This has provided the Taze & Hewitt division more working assets, and continues to allow the company to be a part of one of the largest privately held commercial/industrial HVAC and plumbing companies in the Mid-Atlantic while keeping the Company small and competitive enough to meet our customers' individual needs. 

In 2019 the Taze & Hewitt brand made the leap to Chesapeake Systems Distributor Products Group (Chesapeake DPG). With two locations to better serve our customers, our main office is located at the Chesapeake Systems Headquarters in Hanover, Maryland within the Baltimore/Washington corridor. Our second office is in Henrico, Virginia which is part of the Richmond Metropolitan Area.

Our Vision

The Chesapeake Systems, LLC brand follows the corporate vision as being the premier manufacturer's representative, leading the industry in professionalism and knowledge, supported by world-class customer service. We are constantly seeking and developing quality customers, vendors, and employees. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide quality products and solutions. We commit to exceed client expectations, develop leaders, serve with integrity, and build lasting relationships with customers and vendors.


  • Entrepreneurial Spirit - Freedom and Courage to Creat Success

  • Total Customer Commitment - Whatever it Takes

  • Solutions Oriented Expertise to Deliver Results

  • Integrity - More than a word, It's Who We Are

  • Dedication to Quality - Consistently Exceeding Expectations

  • Professional Excellence - Commitment to the Highest Standards

  • Open & Effective Communication - Listen, Understand, Respond