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Our History

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Celebrating 76 Years of Business

In 1946, Concord Building & Design Center (formerly known as Concord Lumber Corporation), was established in Concord, MA by Ben, Donald and Farnham Smith as a local business to help the community with their building needs. We started out with six employees serving contractors, builders and homeowners.


In 1963, George Senkler (Farnham’s stepson) assumed management of the business and began a program of controlled expansion.

By 1987, Concord Building & Design Center had 49 employees assisting customers with eight delivery trucks on the road. Through our focus of providing our customers with superb service and expertise, ConcordBDC continued to thrive.  As a result of remarkable growth over the years and in an effort to diversify our offerings, we opened the Littleton location in 1988, established our Millwork division in 1993, and opened our Kitchen showroom in Acton in 1997.

In 1996, Concord Building & Design Center started the process of becoming an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and in 2001, the company became 100% employee-owned.

Concord Lumber Corp. - Our History

The company continued to expand, acquiring Forester Lumber and Moulding in 2007, which later merged with Littleton Millwork, to become Concord Millwork & Design Center. In 2017, Concord Building & Design Center experienced its single largest rate of rapid expansion by acquiring ColorWorks Paint & Decorating Centers. 

In 2019, ConcordBDC acquired Harmon's Paint & Wallpaper in Lowell, MA, growing our total ColorWorks locations to nine. 

Today, we have 5 divisions, 11 storefronts, 17 delivery trucks, and 150+ employee-owners. As a local, independent company, we are proud to turn 76 years old, and have our loyal customers to thank for their many years of patronage. The employee-owners of Concord Building & Design Center look forward to future growth and expanding upon our current offerings.

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