Portland Stone Ware to Celebrate 170 Years with Groundbreaking
(Methuen, MA) Walk into the corporate headquarters of Portland Stone Ware in Dracut, MA and you will notice the photos and artifacts which demonstrate the rich history of this family owned company. After you are greeted by the Schuler family’s dogs and enter the warm, welcoming offices, it should come as no surprise that Portland Stone Ware is marking 170 successful years as a family owned business in 2017. Portland Stone Ware will commemorate their 170th Anniversary with a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new, second building on Monday, September 18th at 11am on McGrath Rd in Methuen, MA.
One of the New England’s largest distributers of concrete filled columns, stone and masonry products, Portland Stone Ware was founded in 1847 by Edward B. Winslow in Portland, Maine. Starting with simple clay pots, jugs and food storage products, the business quickly evolved into one of the largest fabricators of vitrified salt-glazed sewer pipe and firebrick on the east coast. The company expanded to Boston in the early 1900s and in 1954, Ronald A. Schuler, Sr joined the firm as a sales representative.
In 1970, when the Portland facility was forced to close to build I-295, Ronald Schuler, Sr purchased the Massachusetts operation in Cambridge and shifted the focus from clay sewer pipes to the Portland Concrete Filled Column. In the late 1970s, Ronald Sr.’s children Donna Morgan, Ron Jr. and Robert joined the business and helped expand the product line to serve the lumber and masonry industries. Today Portland Stone Ware employs 44 people, including 3rd Generation Schulers at their Dracut, Massachusetts facility. Each year they fabricate and distribute $20M worth of Portland Concrete Filled Columns, granite, bluestone and limestone annually for building and landscape projects.
To sustain the increasing sales volume and demand, the Schuler family will build a new, second facility on an adjacent property, just over the Dracut town border in the City of Methuen, MA. Design-build construction management firm Jewett Construction out of Raymond, NH has been selected to manage the construction of the new 15,000 sf fabrication center which will break ground on September 18th. According to Portland Stone Ware President Donna (Schuler) Morgan, “We chose Jewett Construction because they, like us, are a family-owned company with a long history of client satisfaction and delivering a high quality product. We look forward to partnering with Jewett on this special project for our family.”
For more information on Portland Stone Ware or to attend the Groundbreaking ceremony on September 18th at 11am, email Mary Beeley at [email protected] or call 800-343-0001. For more information on Jewett Construction, visit jewettconstruction.com.
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