The History of The Granite Group
The Granite Group has a proud tradition in the plumbing and heating wholesale business dating back to the turn of the last century.
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 Ct 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.
The Granite Group has continued to grow over the past few years. In October 2001, the company acquired Jamie Plumbing and Heating Supply, with two locations in Exeter and South Hampton, NH. This acquistion 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 thriteen showrooms operating under the Ultimate Bath banner. Start up locations have also added to our growth, including one in Hooksett NH in May 2002, Leominster MA. in February 2007 and North Haven CT in January 2009.
In March 2007 the Company acquired Shetucket Supply of eastern-CT and Westerly RI. This nine branch company extends our market to all of the New England states.
To ensure the best delivery of product to all our locations, we opened a 150,000 square foot Central Distribution center in Londonderry, NH in 2005. Our CD delivers daily to all 26 branch locations, allowing us to offer the largest daily delivery of any supply house in New England.
Today, The Granite Group is ranked as one of the top 50 plumbing, heating and PVF wholesale distributors in the United States. The company has over 400 employees throughout its 26 locations serving all of the New England states and Eastern New York.