ABOUT US - History

As one of the leading hardware and building material suppliers in the states of Vermont and Massachusetts, r.k Miles offers its customers a wide range of products and services. Staffed by a team of experienced sales people, designers, managers, and administrative personnel, r.k Miles is well-equipped to serve you in a knowledgeable and friendly manner.

r.k Miles has had a long history in Vermont and is proud to be a third generation family business. The Northshire has been our home since 1886 when Frederick Miles first logged timber on the slopes of Red Mountain. The company logged, milled and sold timber in various locations until 1927 when the Miles Lumber Co. was established in Arlington, Vermont.

Throughout the following years, Richard K. Miles, Sr. learned that building solid customer relationships and supporting the community had become one of the company’s greatest strengths. As Miles Lumber Co. continued to grow, a second location was established in Manchester Vermont in 1940.

Over the next 40 years, the tremendous growth of r.k Miles Inc. was due in large part to the company’s commitment to fair business practices, belief in family and community, the loyalty of its customers, and the leadership of Richard K. Miles, Jr. In 1992, after the death of his father, Josiah E. Miles took over ownership of the company. Today, the practice of caring about our customers and participating in the community is still the mainstay of our company and is a thoroughly ingrained business philosophy. “Joe” Miles will readily tell you: “This philosophy not only makes good sense, but is also an excellent business strategy. Our company is proud to be part of the Northshire and we are dedicated to serving our customers and community.”

r.k. Miles Inc. continues to grow with the purchase of two new locations in 2005, Middlebury Vermont, and Williamstown Massachusetts, and the purchase of the newest location in 2008 in West Hatfield Massachusetts. Now with lumberyards and hardware stores in Vermont and Massachusetts, r.k. Miles Inc. is even better poised to serve its customers both north and south of its Manchester location.