Executive Spotlight August 2021
This month’s Member Spotlight features rk Miles, a member of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce since 2005.
rk MILES has a long history in Vermont and is proud to be a third-generation family-owned business. Manchester, VT has been their 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 the company’s greatest strengths. As Miles Lumber Co. continued to grow, a second location was established in Manchester, Vermont in 1940 and r.k. Miles, Inc. (dba rk MILES) was founded.
Over the next 40 years, the successful growth of rk MILES 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.
Under Joe’s leadership, rk MILES enjoyed tremendous growth with the expansion into Northern Vermont and Western Massachusetts with the purchase of our Middlebury, Vermont and our Williamstown, Massachusetts locations in 2005, and with the purchase of our West Hatfield, Massachusetts location in 2008. In 2017, they expanded once again reaching North-central Vermont with the purchase of two more locations in Morrisville and Stowe.
Now, in their 81st year, with the acquisition of Allen Lumber Company’s four locations in November of 2020, rk MILES now has a total of 10 locations – they are better positioned to serve their customers throughout the entire state of Vermont and in Western Massachusetts.