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Howland Pump purchases Hulbert Supply distributors.

Hulbert Supply, a wholesale plumbing and heating distributor has entered into an agreement to be purchased by Howland Pump & Supply Co., Inc. of Ogdensburg.

The transaction is expected to be completed in 2018.

The Hulbert locations will be known as Hulbert Supply, with the Malone locations being merged in 2018. After the merger in Malone, Howland Pump & Supply Co., Inc. will own and operate 14 locations.

“Howland Pump & Supply is a family owned and operated distributor like we are. Hulbert Supply is a very successful company, thanks to our amazing team of employees and our loyal customers,” said CEO John Peria. “The owners and family of Hulbert Supply feel strongly that joining forces with Howland Pump will enable our companies to stay strong and competitive well into the future.”

Hulbert Supply was founded in 1947 by Donald Hulbert in Plattsburgh and is currently run by three grandchildren of the founder. Dale Miner is the president of Hulbert Brothers Inc. (Malone and Plattsburgh), Betsy Miner is the president of Hulbert’s Tri-Lake Supply Inc. (Saranac Lake and Lake Placid) and Doug Hulbert is the president of Hulbert Supply Co., Inc. (Burlington, Vermont and Brandon, Vermont).

Howland Pump & Supply Co. was founded in 1855 in Ogdensburg and currently has nine branch locations in upstate and central New York. Stephen C. LaRose, Ogdensburg, Richard P. McDonald, a Lisbon native and Parishville resident and Timothy E. Sherry, of New Hartford, are the owners of Howland Pump & Supply whose headquarters are, and will remain, in Ogdensburg.

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ALaRose, the majority owner, is the president/CEO of the company, with McDonald and Sherry involved in the purchasing functions of the company. Howland Pump & Supply Co., Inc. currently operates nine locations: Howland Pump & Supply, Ogdensburg, Potsdam Plumbing Supply, Gouverneur Plumbing Supply, Utica Plumbing Supply, Watertown Supply Company, Massena Plumbing Supply, Oneida Plumbing Supply, Utica Plumbing Supply in Rome, and Howland Pump & Supply in Malone.

“We are honored and humbled by the faith shown in us by Dale Miner, Betsy Miner, and Doug Hulbert, their Board of Directors and John Peria, the chairman of the board,” said Stephen LaRose, president/CEO. “They have done a great job and I look forward to working with them.”

“We believe that the Hulbert employees are the biggest asset that we have acquired. We look forward to the future with a great deal of excitement; hungry for success yet humble in our approach. Both companies have a family-like atmosphere in all their branches. I think we will learn from each other and be able to provide more efficiencies to our customers.”

“I am of the opinion that the employees of Hulbert Supply and Howland Pump & Supply will be the reason for our shared success

“Change can be tough but by looking forward, I hope to lead over 100 employees to many more years of providing our customers, throughout central and northern New York and Vermont, with quality service and quality products, to treat our employees right and support the local communities in which our company does business.”

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