The strength of our family business is rooted in the relationships built by mom and dad. Dad was not afraid to get his wife, daughters and only son involved in the business.
He knew that each member of his family could be a valuable asset.
In 1946, Camille E. Pepin had recently come home from World War II and wanted to start his own business. Camille and his father, Camille H. Pepin, decided to go in business as cattle dealers. Together they owned a small farm on Winthrop St, Woonsocket and usually traveled to Canada to buy the cattle to resell.
On one occasion, no cows were available, so not to waste the trip, a carload of framing lumber was purchased and shipped back to Woonsocket to resell. The Pepin’s were not sure how the lumber would sell, but with a lot of sweat and hard work they learned the business.
In those days, all lumber and building materials were loaded by hand. Working in the lumber business took a strong man to do the job.
The Pepin women were born into the business and actually like and understand building materials more than some of the men.
As children they would go to visit jobs sites so they learned and absored the many aspects of construction, in order to give better customer service today. With the early 90’s came a new challenge: the ‘big box’ warehouse stores.
We have survived!
Our keys to success are: hard work; changing with the times; excellent customer service; and a willingness to listen to each other as well as our customers.