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Michael Buell (left) and Walt Price (right)
ran WAM 1993-2019

1974
Founding

Company was founded in 1974 in Florence, MA as Chandler and Wright led by Len Chandler and Jonathan Wright.

Focus was on small remodeling projects in and around Northampton, MA.

1976
Name Changes to Wright Architectural Millwork

Len Chandler left the company in early 1976; company renamed J.A. Wright and Co.

1978
Move to New Building

Company moved to its current location in 1978, built a new building and was one of the first tenants in the new Northampton Industrial Park.

1981
AWI Membership

Became a member of the Architectural Millwork Institute (AWI) in 1981.

1993
New Ownership

Walter Price and Michael Buell purchased the millwork division of the company from Jonathan Wright in 1993 and subsequently acquired the real estate in 2001.

1995
First AWI QCP Member

In 1995, Wright architectural Millwork became the first AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) member.

2008
Continuous Growth

The company continued on a growth curve throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s.

In 2008, the company went through another series of plant additions resulting in the current configuration as well as updates to the office interior. During this timeframe, our market focus was in Connecticut and Boston. After the recession, Wright rebounded and has become a major player in the Boston market and many other areas of New England. We have taken on larger and more complex projects, built and strengthened relationships with key Architectural and Contracting firms, and are realizing the benefits of investments made in people, plant and equipment.

2018
Expansion

In 2018, the company expanded, securing an additional 25,000 sq. ft. of office/warehouse space at an adjacent building to allow for expansion of both office and manufacturing.

NASRCC Agreement

Wright Millwork negotiated its first working agreement with the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters to enhance client and installation subcontractor relations

Employee Ownership
Employee Ownership

Also in 2018, the process of succession lead the owners to form a 100% ESOP where by the employees became beneficial owners.

2019
2021
Current Leadership

ESOP Board of Directors appoints Jonathan Buell as President & CEO and Christopher Buell as Chief Operating Officer.

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