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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.

Look at our journey from 1848 to now


Our timeline

•   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.

Corning Building Co.