Sixth generation takes over leadership of N.H. Bragg & Sons

Posted Oct. 12, 2011, at 5:46 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 12, 2011, at 6:05 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — N.H. Bragg & Sons, a distributor of industrial, safety and janitorial supplies in Maine and New Hampshire, will see a sixth generation assume leadership of the company on Nov. 1.

Company President John W. Bragg, a member of the fifth generation managing the family business, will retire effective Nov. 1. The business was started in 1854 by Norris Hubbard Bragg.

As president, Jon Eames, a family member who has been with the company for more than 30 years, will oversee operations in Bangor and Westbrook. He also serves on the board of Affiliated Distributors, a national marketing group with annual sales in excess of $20 billion.

After 46 years with the company, Bragg will serve as chairman of the board and continue to be active in the community. He serves on the board of The Acadia Hospital and Mount Hope Cemetery Corp. He also has served on the Bangor City Council and is a past council chairman.

Originally opened to serve the blacksmith trade from the shores of the Kenduskeag Stream in downtown Bangor, N.H. Bragg & Sons has evolved over the past 157 years to become a major supplier to industry in Maine and New Hampshire. The company serves the pulp and paper, heavy construction and boat-building industries as well as utilities, schools and manufacturers.

N.H. Bragg & Sons employs 63 people, stocks more than 30,000 unique inventory items and serves more than 3,000 customers in Maine and New Hampshire.