The History of The Granite Group
Ranked as one of the top 50 plumbing, heating and PVF wholesale distributors in the United States, our roots can be traced to Central Supply Company, which originated in 1901 in Worcester, MA as a distributor of gas and steam engines and water supplies. Mr. P. Kevin Condron, our current Chairman, purchased Central Supply in October of 1971.
Central Supply acquired Rawley Plumbing Supply in 1972 and Goulet Supply in 1980 beginning the company’s presence in MA and NH. During the 80’s and 90’s Central/Goulet Supply added new locations in Portsmouth, Laconia and Nashua, NH, Portland, ME as well as Goulet Pipe, a new business specializing in pipe, valves and fittings.
In 1998, Central/Goulet merged with Capitol Plumbing and Heating Supply of Concord, NH to create The Granite Group. Capitol began as Concord Hardware and Plumbing Supply in 1935 and had eight locations throughout New Hampshire and Vermont including a facility in Concord, NH that now serves as our corporate headquarters.
With the turn of the century, we have continued to grow. In October 2001, The Granite Group acquired Jamie Plumbing and Heating Supply, with two locations in Exeter and South Hampton, NH. This acquisition coincided with our entry into the warm air heating, cooling and refrigeration markets, which blended well with our strong history in plumbing and hydronic heating.
In January 2004, County Supply in Lowell, MA with its outstanding 5,000 square foot showroom, joined the team. Today, there are sixteen showrooms operating under the Ultimate Bath Store banner.
Start-up Branch locations have also added to our growth, including: Hooksett, NH in May 2002, Leominster, MA in February 2007, North Haven, CT in January 2009 and Lebanon, NH in February, 2010.
In March 2007, the Company acquired Shetucket Supply of Eastern-CT and Westerly, RI. This nine branch company extended our market to all of the New England states.
To ensure the best delivery of product to all our locations, we opened a 190,000 square foot Central Distribution center in Londonderry, NH in 2005. Using state-of-the-art inventory and logistics technology, our CD delivers daily to all 30 branch locations, allowing us to offer the largest daily delivery of any supply house in New England.
In August of 2013, we opened our first "On The Go" Branch in South Burlington, VT. An "On The Go" Branch is a smaller location with more pinpoint inventory representing the needs of local customers that will be supporting it. These customers have easy access to products that are laid out in a way so they can quickly get what they need and get back on the job.
In October of 2013, The Granite Group won Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine's "Supply House of The Year" Award.
In September of 2014, we opened our 29th Full-Service Branch in Auburn, ME.
In November of 2014, we opened our 30th Full-Service Branch in Haverhill, MA.
In July of 2015, we opened our 31st Full-Service Branch in Newport, VT.
In October of 2015, we completed our purchase of Cunningham Supply in CT. The two Cunningham locations in W.Hartford and Old Saybrook became the 32nd and 33rd Full-Service Granite Group Branches.
Also in October of 2015, we opened our 16th Ultimate Bath Store in Westborough, MA.