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History

Millington Lockwood Timeline

1630

  • Original Lockwood family moves from England to Boston,Massachusetts
  • Millington Lockwood starts printing and stationery business in Boston

1790

  • Millington Lockwood is shot and wounded as a Loyalist to the King of England
  • Lockwood family moves to Buffalo, New York

1852

  • Millington Lockwood is born in Buffalo, New York

1870

  • Young Lockwood and Co., printers, founded

1884

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  • Millington Lockwood and a partner start office furniture dealership, Lockwood and Hough Furniture

1884

  • Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood is the first woman to run for president in 1884
  • Belva Ann was also the first woman to argue a case in front of the US Supreme Court

1896

  • Lockwood and Hough Furniture partnership dissolves, Millington Lockwood formed

1900-1930s

  • Company moves into newly constructed Ellicott Square Building
  • Company survives the Great Depression

1930

  • Millington Lockwood is incorporated

1932

  • Founder dies at age 80. He was a stationer in Buffalo for 60 years.
  • Ownership is transferred to son Richard Lockwood, 5th generation

1934

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  • Company reaches 30 year mark

1950s

  • Richard Lockwood sells company to a group of investors led by Russ Kane and Hugh Wharton
  • Company enters the office supply business with the merger of Eagle Office Products in late ’50s
  • Company reaches 75 year mark in 1959

1960s

  • Russ Kane purchases company outright and sells Eagle Office Products to Ulbrich’s
  • Major fire claims Millington Lockwood building
  • Company relocates to 1665 Main Street

1970s

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  • Millington Lockwood is acquired by Kevin McNamara in 1971
  • Millington Lockwood becomes a Herman Miller distributor
  • Industry explodes with the introduction of “cubicles” – Action Office by Herman Miller
  • New products and manufacturers are added
  • Company hits $3 million in sales

1980s

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  • Company moves to 5600 Main Street
  • Erie, PA office opens in 1987
  • Ergonomic seating is introduced to the market
  • Sales exceed $5 million

1984

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  • Millington Lockwood celebrates 100 years of business

1990s

  • Company moves to 470 Cayuga Road
  • Computer aided design is added
  • Herman Miller Aeron chair is introduced
  • Millington Lockwood becomes a Certified Herman Miller Dealer
  • New services added
  • Sales surpass $10 million

 

2000s

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  • Company is sold to current owner Michael Bonitatibus in 2002
  • Company adds demountable walls to its product offering
  • Richway Refinishing is acquired in 2006
  • Sales break $20 million

2010

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  • Millington Lockwood consolidates into new location at 3901 Genesee Street
  • All three previous locations are combined at the new facility including a 10,000 square-foot showroom, warehouse/receiving docks, and paint/refurbishing shops

2014

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  • Sales broke a new record of $25 million
  • Added 30,000 square-foot warehouse to accommodate growing pre-owned furniture
  • The company celebrates 130 years of business and is now one of Buffalo’s oldest companies
  • The showroom is completely revamped to show the latest product offerings, space-planning techniques and design trends.

2016

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  • Millington Lockwood rebrands the company into 3 divisions of expertise: Business Interiors, Structures Group and Pre-Owned
    • The Business Interiors division focuses on designing and space-planning commercial furniture for corporate, education, healthcare, and government spaces.
    • The  Structures Group is established as a new division that focuses solely on the design and implementation of demountable walls by DIRTT Environmental Solutions as well as other specialty architectural products.
    • Richway Refinishing is rebranded as the Pre-Owned division and continues to focus the sale of pre-owned furniture, refurbishing and other specialty services such as furniture rental.

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