H.E. Smith Company started from humble beginnings in southeastern Massachusetts when Hal was working in the family business, a local feed and grain store in Avon, Massachusetts. H.E. Smith Company traces its lineage back to the late 1800’s when feed supply stores were part of the local business landscape in New England and were relied upon to provide for the needs of local farmers. In the late 19th century, Hal’s great, great uncle, David Nelson started the Avon Coal and Grain Company, in Avon, Massachusetts. Upon Uncle David’s death, the feed and grain business was split from the coal and oil business and was left to his nephew, Harold E. Smith. Harold continued serving local farmers by providing feed, grain and other supplies. The business was inherited by Harold’s only son, H.E. Smith II. “Junior” continued operating the family business and was joined by his only son “Hal” (H.E. Smith III) in the 1970’s.
In the early 1980’s, Hal bought a used 1971 Mack truck in order to save some money by transporting his own grain to the family store which incidentally still stood on the same site as Uncle David’s Avon Coal and Grain Company. A few months later, Hal bought a handful of trailers at auction, and soon found himself in the pine shavings business; buying and transporting shavings from a mill in north central Maine to his own grain store in Avon, Massachusetts. The shavings business grew, and Hal was soon hauling from new suppliers in Maine and eastern Canada to retail outlets throughout New England. The rest as they say is history.
Hal doesn’t own that 1971 Mack truck any more, and it’s a good thing, too. After a rebuilt engine and being stranded one too many times on the side of the highway, he got rid of that lemon (and bought a couple more). Eventually, he decided to leave the trucking to the professionals. Today, our shavings are delivered to our customers by respected transportation partners. Our partnerships with reliable trucking companies allows us to provide our products to our customers efficiently and on schedule.