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Corning Building Co. is one of the oldest operating businesses in Corning, NY. With 170 years in operation, we have served Corning for quite some time. We are proud to have maintained our position as the local headquarters for home improvements, do-it-yourself projects, building materials and more for nearly two centuries. We continue to serve you with a commitment to high quality products from trusted brands, competitive prices and the very best customer service. Our ability to give you the personalized attention you need to find home improvement solutions has made us the leader in the home center industry.
• 1848 Walker & Turner Hardware is founded by Charles C.B. Walker and Horace Turner.
• 1857 Walker buys out Turner, forming the Walker Company.
• 1865 Walker takes on Austin Lathrop as partner, expanding into lumber business as Walker & Lathrop.
• 1872 Fire destroys Mill Street Planning Mill; Walker & Lathrop buys competitor's mill on Tioga Avenue and Cedar Street.
• 1879 Telephone line is placed from Walker & Lathrop Store to their planning mill, one block east.
• 1884 Fire destroys Walker and Lathrop's Cedar Street mill; larger one built.
• 1888 Walker dies and his widow, Maria D. Walker, takes control of the Walker Company.
• 1891 Walker's sons-in-law, C. Glen Cole and James A. Drake, take over management.
• 1894 Cole and Drake buy company, renaming it Drake and Company.
• 1903 Drake and Company builds Corning Court House.
• 1905 The company is incorporated as Corning Building Company, with Cole named president and William T. Smith named treasurer.
• 1905 CBC buys Corning Coal Company.
• 1920 Smith takes over as president after death of Cole.
• 1933 William T. Smith retires and James W. Smith takes over as president.
• 1933 CBC buys site for Pine Street store and former Cole Drug Store on Market Street to convert into CBC's paint department.
• 1940 CBC reacquires hardware business, which had been sold in 1890; Ready-Mix Concrete Department is added.
• 1947 Pine Street store opens, located where the Corning Revere store is now.
• 1968 James A. Smith becomes CBC president; his father J.W. Smith, becomes chairman of executive committee.
• 1972 Flood hits Twin Tiers, washes out CBC facilities. Company gets supplies directly from distributor, sells from back of tractor-trailer trucks.
• 1976 CBC moves all of its operations into former FBC plaza in South Corning, opening 42,000 square foot main store, building lumber and storage space behind.
• 1983 Furniture department moves from main store to former Super Duper in CBC Plaza.
• 1986 Main store expands to 45,000 square feet.
• 1990 CBC announces that number of employees passes 100 mark.
• 1993 Scott W. Smith replaces his father, James A. Smith, as president.
• 1996 CBC opens store in Bath.
• 1998 Matt Smith becomes CBC president.
• 2010 Outside Sales Division has grown to five- covering Steuben, Chemung & Schuyler counties including The Finger Lakes. This sales division visits contractor, municipal and commercial job sites offering sales and delivery assistance.
• 2011 – Oct. CBC closes 25,000 sq. ft. Furniture Division located in South Corning Plaza after 28 years, to strictly focus on Home Improvement Business.
• 2014 CBC’s 42,000 sq. ft. Headquarters gets first major remodel since consolidating operations in South Corning in 1976.
The Corning Building Co. is your trusted source for home improvements, building supplies and more since 1848.
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