Bethel Mills makes big moves in Vermont

The Vermont dealer is acquiring Fogg’s Hardware and Building Supply along with Oakes Brothers, Inc.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Bethel Mills, the Vermont pro dealer, has expanded by four locations through two acquisitions.

The pro dealer and hardware store chain announced that it has acquired Fogg’s Hardware and Building Supply along with Oakes Brothers, Inc. Fogg’s operates locations in Norwich, Fairlee and Woodsville, Vt. while Oakes Brothers operates a single location in Bradford.

From left to right: Lang Durfee with Skip and Alan Fogg of Fogg’s Hardware & Lumber Supply.

“Alan, Skip, and the team at Fogg’s have fostered a tremendous organization. The addition of these three locations fits in well with our strategic plan to expand our service territory and better serve our customers in the valley and the territories farther north,” said Lang Durfee, president and owner of Bethel Mills.

Fogg’s has been serving Vermont’s Greater Upper Valley region with building materials, paint and hardware since 1975.

“Bethel Mills has been a formidable competitor while maintaining a strong friendship with the Fogg family for many years. They have a top-notch reputation as the premier lumber and building materials supplier throughout Vermont and Central New Hampshire. It was important for us to find a partner who cared about our customers & employees as much as we do.” says Alan Fogg, founder and CEO of Fogg’s.

“We’re excited that Bethel Mills will continue to grow the Fogg business in the communities we’ve been serving for the past 45 years. We have already begun working with their management team to ensure a smooth transition for our employees, customers, and vendors” said Skip Fogg, President of Fogg’s.

Prior to the back-to-back acquisitions, Bethel Mills already operated five locations in Vermont including its namesake location in Bethel along with Central Supplies Ace in Randolph, Brandon Lumber & Millwork in Brandon, Hancock Building Supply in Hancock, and Britton’s Lumber & Hardware in Taftsville. The dealer also operates a kitchen and bath showroom in Bethel.

“We’re very excited to integrate Fogg’s into the Bethel Mills organization. Their product mix, locations, and customer-first attitude aligns seamlessly with our existing stores.” said Bethel Mills CFO Claudia Sherwin.

Oakes is a family business providing the greater Bradford area with building materials, paint and hardware since 1973.

“We’ve had a strong relationship with Bethel Mills for many years and have always respected the way they treat their employees, their customers, their vendors and the communities they operate in; so when it came time to consider a transition, they were the obvious choice” said Neil Oakes, president and owner of Oakes Brothers, Inc.

Both sales are scheduled to close in April. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Established in 1781, Bethel Mills is one the nation’s oldest lumber yards.


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