ABOUT US - History

r.k. MILES has a long history in Vermont and is proud to be a third generation family business. Manchester, VT 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. 

r.k. MILES, Inc. continued to grow in 2005 with the purchase of our Middlebury Vermont and Williamstown Massachusetts (formerly Taconic Lumber) locations, and the purchase of our West Hatfield Massachusetts location in 2008. More recently, r.k. MILES, Inc. expanded to North-central Vermont with the purchase of two more locations in Morrisville and Stowe (formerly Morrisville Lumber) in 2017.

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. Now with lumberyards and hardware stores in Vermont and Western Massachusetts, r.k. MILES, Inc. is even better poised to serve its customers both north and south of its Manchester location.