History of Arnold Lumber, Concrete & Oil Company
The Early Years
In May 1951, Robert L. Arnold graduated from Clarkson College with a degree in mechanical engineering. His mother suggested he see her employer, George A. Thomas, about a job. He got his first lessons in the feed business before Mr. Thomas decided to sell the company to Robert’s family. So the Arnolds went into business as Malone Feed & Farm Supply Inc. Some years after, the company changed direction, discontinuing the marketing of farm machinery. Robert’s father, Thomas Arnold, was a local contractor and decided to expand the business into selling building materials.
The Growth of the Company
By the early 1980s, Robert’s sons were full-time employees and very active in the business. The company was flourishing, and Mr. Arnold wanted to continue its expansion. He decided to buy a concrete plant to produce Redi-Mix concrete. Robert passed away in May 1988, leaving his sons to carry his legacy. The business continued to grow, and the brothers decided to implement their father’s ideas to renew and modernize the entire showroom.
The brothers felt it was time for a change of direction, and, with the feed business waning, they decided to close it down. In July 1990, they renamed the company Malone Lumber and Ready-Mix Inc. (MLRM). In March 1998, an opportunity arose with the retirement of local fuel dealer Connors Oil. The brothers bought the business and renamed it Arnold Oil Inc. The acquisition, which included a gas station, supplemented the existing lumber and ready-mix operations. This allowed the brothers to provide Malone and the surrounding communities with heating oil, gas, diesel, and kerosene products and services for heating systems.
A New Era
In 2000, the retail store was completely remodeled, and a new structure was built in place of what used to be the heart and soul of Malone Feed & Farm Supply. The new store, over 8000 square feet, allowed customers to shop easily in wide aisles and under improved lighting.
Dan and Tom Arnold branched out in July 2001. They purchased a neighboring business, Upstate Memorials, and renamed it Arnold Monuments Inc.
In June 2009, the brothers established Arnold Pre-Cast Inc. This allowed the company to provide products and services that dovetail and integrate with existing ready-mix and monument operations. At the same time, it allowed for the expansion of the lines of the building supply/materials business.
Our Company Today
Dan Arnold retired and his brother, Tom, bought his part of the business in 2017. Tom’s son, Luke, also joined the company to follow in his father’s footsteps. Joshua, Tom’s other son, is currently serving the country in the U.S. Army. Tom hopes that when Joshua returns home, he will also decide to join the family business. Hannah, Tom’s daughter, is in school, furthering her education in the marketing and advertising field. Her knowledge could be a great asset to the company in the future. Finally, we want to thank all those who have supported us since 1951. To our future customers, we would like to welcome you to Arnold Lumber & Concrete family!
Awards & Recognition
We are a member of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association, and American Rental Association.
In 2017, the Malone Chamber of Commerce gave us the Business of the Year Award.
Get In touch
Call us for a free estimate on our fuel products and services. We are also more than happy to answer whatever question you may have.
Hours & Location
Rely on Arnold Oil, Inc. of Malone, NY, for all your fuel needs. We have served the community since 1951 and are an integral part of the local fuel delivery service industry. Backed by years of experience, our team works with our customers to ensure they get excellent service.
253 Elm St, Malone, NY 12953
Monday - Friday:
7:00 am – 5:00 pm