2018 marks the 46th year of business for Campbell’s Companies. Our story below shares various landmarks along our journey to build an enduring company.
The story starts in 1972 when Val Roy, a local meat cutter, offers to buy Campbell’s Farm & Feed Store in Madison taking ownership on April 2.
1976: Campbell’s Farm & Feed expands into hardware and takes on the True Value brand identity, incorporating as Campbell’s True Value.
1981: Campbell’s True Value builds a new facility and relocates to Main Street in Madison.
1984: Val Roy buys Hilltop Lumber Company of Anson, Maine to compliment the hardware store and to expand his business.
1988: Hilltop Lumber Company becomes known as Campbell’s Building Supply and is relocated to a custom built facility on Route 148 in Madison. Campbell’s Building Supply expands to a 10,000 square foot facility and begins acquiring a fleet of delivery trucks to grow the business.
1989: Campbell’s becomes computerized, signing on with True Value’s nation-wide specialty software company, Triad. This state-of-the-art technology allows Campbell’s to order product electronically as well as track sales by department and class. A revolution in this “mom & pop” hardware business has begun. Campbell’s employs nine Associates.
1993: Just Ask Rental, a division of True Value, is added to Campbell’s Building Supply to increase incremental contractor sales.
1994: Campbell’s begins looking to create diversity in the business and creates a subsidiary known as Val-U-Energy. Val-U-Energy begins with the purchase of a propane gas delivery truck for residential and commercial fuel delivery.
1996: Campbell’s True Value acquires Fairfield True Value of Fairfield.
1998: Val-U-Energy expands through the acquisition of a local heating oil delivery business, Mattingly Oil of Anson, Maine. This one-truck operation doubles the sales of Val-U-Energy and sets the course for a whole new business for Campbell’s. Campbell’s employs twenty-one Associates.
1999: Campbell’s requires additional management resources and brings in a Director of Operations, Brent Burger to oversee global management of the organization. Campbell’s True Value is remodeled and expanded by an additional 3,000 square feet.
2000: Agway, Inc. decides to divest from its company-owned retail stores in the Northeast. Val Roy & Brent Burger create Burger-Roy, Inc, and buy the operations and real estate of three Agway stores in Central Maine. Val & Brent become partners in Campbell’s Companies. Combined companies employ forty-nine Associates.
2001: Campbell’s closes its Fairfield store due to declining sales, and increased expenses. These resources are applied to the further expansion of better performing stores. The Company’s computer system is upgraded and radio-frequency scanners are introduced.
2002: Burger-Roy, Inc. begins the expansion of Skowhegan Agway to add a Just Ask Rental Store and the remodel of Campbell’s Building Supply. Combined companies employ fifty-eight Associates.
2004: Agway in Winslow breaks ground for an expansion to 14,000 sq. ft. to accommodate a True Value hardware store. True Value Rewards is launched in a new era of marketing.
2005: Val-U-Energy adds a 30,000-gallon bulk propane storage facility and a second propane delivery truck. Combined companies employ sixty-three Associates.
2006: Skowhegan adds a 1,000 sq. ft. addition to expand Pet and Rental. Winslow installs an 800 sq. ft. Gift Department. Campbell’s Building Supply remodels with a new kitchen display area and all-new office space for Val-U-Energy.
2007: Campbell’s Companies installs its own internal computer communications server. Farmingdale Agway is expanded to 10,000 square feet and takes on the True Value brand. Campbell’s launches a $350,000 marketing campaign to build brand awareness centered on the Rewards Program. Brent Burger is elected to True Value Company’s Board of Directors. Combined companies employ seventy-two Associates.
2009: Founder, Val Roy retires after 38 years of turning a single hardware store into a multi-chain brand in Central Maine. Val’s passion for the business has not changed, but his time to focus on a comfortable retirement has been greatly enhanced! All of the associates at Campbell’s Companies wish Val a happy and long-life, and genuinely thank him for his part in building an enduring brand.
2010: Campbell’s reinvests another $600,000 into retail store upgrades; Skowhegan gets another retail expansion to 10,000 square feet, adding True Value Hardware to open early 2010 while Madison gets a floor to ceiling remodel and remerchandising. Both stores are modeled after True Value’s “Destination True Value” format, just as the Farmingdale store was done in 2007.
2011: Campbell’s builds a production house in Winslow to begin supplying its own retail nursery stock. The Winslow store begins preparation for a full remerchandising modeled after True Value’s Destination True Value format to be consistent with the rest of the Campbell’s chain of stores.
2013: Brent Burger is elected Chairman of the Board of True Value Company – a significant personal accomplishment and another sign of success in building an enduring local company.
2014: Campbell’s True Value in Skowhegan and Farmingdale both get a refresh of DTV bolstering inventory based on a “Project Ready” philosophy to meet the needs of both contractor and consumer demand.
2015: Campbell’s adds another production house to the Winslow location, primarily for the purpose of growing vegetable seedlings, continuing our efforts to be more vertically integrated, and ensure quality of product in the green goods category.
2016: Campbells’ divests from the fuel business, selling Val-U Energy to focus on our core hardware & lumber business. All VUE associates are guaranteed a job with the buyer and the transaction represents another story of success for Campbell’s.
Forty six plus years of hard work, of dedicated and loyal associates, and good fortune with a tremendously supportive customer base have brought us to where we are today. We are proud to continue reinvesting in the people and the communities who sustain us.
We sincerely thank our Associates, past and present, for their contributions and commitment to continuing Campbell’s Companies Tradition of Success.