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Coburn’s Rick McKinley Assumes New Role as Division Manager of Plumbing

by | Wednesday, July 14, 2021 |

BEAUMONT, Texas — Coburn Supply Company proudly announces the promotion of long-time employee Rick McKinley to the role of Division Manager of Plumbing. Rick replaces Marty Kamerbeek, who will be moving into a new role as branch manager of the Houston location.

After a near 30-year career at Coburn’s, Rick has been promoted to a new position as the division manager for plumbing, where he will support all branches by managing vendor relations, inventory investments, and sales activities. “I’m eager to take on this new challenge,” Rick says, “because I can continue to work with customers while I venture into vendor relationship management. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Patrick Maloney, Coburn’s president, echoes Rick’s sentiments. “We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and knowledgeable employee stepping into this role,” he says. “With the materials supply shortage of 2020 and 2021, Rick’s expertise is needed to procure all of the items that were once in stock and are now on allocation. We’re confident that he can handle the challenge.”

Rick will continue to work in Lufkin, where he lives with Becky, his wife of 22 years.

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Coburn's of Opelousas 1964 Ground Breaking News Article

by | Friday, March 13, 2020 |

Daily World Article
Opelousas, Louisiana
July 19, 1962

Construction was started Wednesday on a local branch office of Coburn Co. of Lafayette and Beaumont, Tex., a firm dealing in wholesale selling of plumbing and heating and air conditioning supplies, Arthur Maloney (right) of Lafayette, president, and C.L. Balcom of Beaumont, vice-president, look over the site where all the metal building on W. Grolee St. is being erected. The firm will be ready to operate in 30 days. Coburn Co. was founded in 1934 by Albert Coburn of Beaumont. It operates branches in New Iberia, Houma, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Port Arthur, Tyler and Beaumont, where the home office is located. Easton Faul of Lafayette will move to Opelousas to become manager of the Opelousas branch. The local firm will be staffed by three employees.

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News article from 1949 - COBURN SUPPLY A REAL SUCCESS STORY.

by | Wednesday, March 4, 2020 |

NOTE: The date listed in the article was incorrect. Coburn Supply began in 1934.

LAFAYETTE HISTORY.

COBURN SUPPLY A REAL SUCCESS STORY.

From the "Progress Edition" of the Lafayette Daily Advertiser of December 30th, 1949:

COBURN SUPPLY SHARES PROFITS WITH EMPLOYEES

A real success story - that's the phrase most often used in describing the Coburn Supply Co. Ltd., founded in Beaumont in 1936 and now boasting branches here and in Lake Charles.

According to Albert J. Coburn, president of the company, the Lafayette branch of the wholesale organization is one of the firm's principal stores. Managed by Arthur J. Maloney, also vice-president and treasurer of the firm, the Lafayette branch has left behind it an enviable record of expansion and progress.

Coburn attributes a large measure of his success to a profit-sharing plan, the custom in all Coburn stores. All profits are "split with our employees, which makes our business, wherever operated, a home store. We employ approximately 50 persons," says Coburn.

The firm had its beginning in 1936, when a friendly businessman suggested that Coburn go into business for himself. He followed the advice, and although he had no capital, received enough credit from firms retailing his wholesale products to establish what has grown into a thriving business. - Lafayette Daily Advertiser 12/30/1949.

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