After all these years, still family owned.
A company with family values.
In January 2000,The Reardon Companies, Inc. and R.B. Corcoran Co. merged to create the largest heating and plumbing supply company in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and one of the five largest in New England. How ironic that both Reardon, a third generation family distribution business, and Corcoran , a second generation family business, were founded about 50 years ago as offshoots of the original Corcoran Supply Company!
Beginning with 15 locations , the newly formed Supply New England created a springboard for growth that continues to exceed the expectations of our customers. Aside from our expansive inventory, you'll appreciate the friendly service, the expertise, and the level of caring that only a family-owned business can deliver day after day. If you're a history buff, you might want to read on...
History: The Reardon Companies, Inc.
In 1946, at the close of WWII, two employees of the well-established Corcoran Supply of Brockton, Massachusetts formed a partnership. Together, Walter Reardon and Howard Lynch founded the Reardon & Lynch Company in Attleboro.Hard work paid off, and Reardon & Lynch enjoyed a good measure of success. By 1955, the company had become a major player in the Attleboro-Brockton trading locale.
In 1966, Howard Lynch retired, selling his interest in the company to Walter's son, John Reardon. John, who had been with the company since 1962, proved a successful leader and the company continued to prosper.
In 1978, Reardon acquired The Allen & Reed Company, an established Providence, Rhode Island supplier of industrial pipe, valves and fittings. In 1982, the acquisition of Thornley Supply Company expanded the company's territory to include Pawtucket and Peacedale, Rhode Island. Ten years later, Reardon purchased the plumbing and heating inventory and warehouse of JT O'Connell Company, a building materials supplier in Rhode Island's Newport area, and Reardon Supply - Middletown was born.
A third generation of the Reardon family made it's mark on the company's successful history when, in 1994, John's sons, Jason and Jaime, assisted in negotiating the purchase of Corcoran Supply of Fall River, Massachusetts - the same company where Walter Reardon and Howard Lynch started out back in1946.
Reardon Companies' final acquisition prior to merging with R.B. Corcoran Co. was that of Dalton & Ingersole Company, the oldest plumbing and heating supply house in the country. With the addition of this company's two sites in Boston and Norwood, Reardon Companies further increased its market presence to eight locations across Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
R.B. Corcoran Co., Inc
The R.B. Corcoran Company was incorporated in1947 by its founder and President, Robert Corcoran, as an offshoot of Corcoran Supply of Brockton and Fall River, Massachusetts (which was later purchased by the Reardon Companies Inc.) It had the distinction of being the first plumbing and heating supply house on Cape Cod. In 1953, it opened its second branch in the Plymouth, Massachusetts area and opened a third branch in Orleans in1981. This location was housed in the newly acquired Homeowners Supply building and incorporated the assets of its previous owner. David Corcoran, Robert's brother and co-owner of the family business, has successfully run the daily operations as General Manager since coming on board in 1973. And co-owner Christina Corcoran has rightfully earned the title of "jack of all trades", with her work at all levels of the company since 1974, from sales to showroom and office to counter.
During 1983 and 1984, R.B. Corcoran accomplished yet another milestone when it opened branches on the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket - the first supply house to locate off the mainland. In 1985, it opened a location in Dartmouth after acquiring the building and inventory of Miller Supply. The Corcorans opened their seventh location in Falmouth in 1989 and expanded the company again in 1997.
In 1993, R.B. Corcoran Co. saw an opportunity to extend its line of business by creating the Kitchen and Bath Gallery division that is run by Carolyn Corcoran. Initially, it added a kitchen design and display showroom to compliment its long time plumbing showroom facility in Hyannis. Shortly thereafter, kitchen displays were also added to the showrooms in Martha's Vinyard, Kingston, Dartmouth, Falmouth and Orleans.
Ultimately, geography played an important role in the creation of Supply New England since there were no competing locations among the two companies. The combination of the two companies allowed for a natural expansion of each territory featuring the best of each company's products, services, and systems. Reardon's strength in industrial and commercial pipe, valves and fitting dovetailed nicely into Corcoran's showroom and residential strengths. More importantly, the merger enabled Supply New England to cover a larger area and serve an expanded customer base. The company became better positioned to compete with other large regional wholesale distributors and even national chains such as Home Depot. These synergies, along with increased purchasing power and other financial efficiencies, helped to redefine Supply New England as an extremely competitive player in the marketplace.