New owner ‘good fit’ for C&M

Mirror photo by Walt Frank / Jim Wilson, a solid surface countertop fabricator, clamps a sub top to a solid surface at C&M Countertops in Duncansville.

DUNCANSVILLE — Jeff Long had been buying countertops for his many projects from C&M Distributors Inc. for about 40 years.

So when owner Mary Campbell was looking for someone to take over the business started by her husband, Ernest, in 1972, she turned to Long.

Ernest and a partner, John McTigue, started the business known as Kreative Kitchens in 1970 on Broad Avenue. In 1972, it became C&M Distributors Inc.

Long purchased the 310 14th St. business, a wholesale distributor of laminated and hard surface kitchen countertops, and renamed it C&M Countertops.

“I had been buying tops from them and got to know Mary Campbell over the years. She had hinted to me that she wanted me to take it over to take care of her employees and keep it moving forward,” Long said.

The business was a good fit for Long, who owns Jeff S. Long Construction with his wife, Vikki.

“It was something I wanted to do — it was a good fit for us. I keep the businesses separate from Jeff S. Long Construction. I pay the same price as other contractors,” Long said. “We saw a lot of potential to buy this. She was very successful without advertising. I looked at the potential to take this to the next level.”

Campbell said, like herself, Long loves the business.

“Jeff loves the business. He loves what he does. From what I knew about Jeff, I knew the employees and the business would be well taken care of. Jeff has a good reputation, he is a true gentleman,” Campbell said. “He saw the value and importance of a business that has served central Pennsylvania and a couple surrounding states for nearly 50 years. So glad he saw that. C&M was my husband’s dream and I followed that for 20 more years with the wonderful and loyal customers and, most of all, the great employees I had. We made it happen. It now goes forward, thanks to Jeff Long.”

Long said he doesn’t expect to make many changes, except to grow the business.

He said C&M sells to contractors and big stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. They also sell to local businesses such as Cabinetree, Showcase Kitchens, Kreative Kitchens and Leighty’s Kitchen and Bath. They don’t sell to residential customers.

“We cover central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland,” said General Manager Jeff Snyder, who has been with the business since 1980. “We are best known for quality work at reasonable prices. We are heavy on customer service, that is very important to us.”

The company has 13 full-time employes and one part-time employee.

Most of its business has come from “word of mouth,” Campbell said.

Long’s goal is to grow the business.

“We are out of space here. It would be nice to have everything on one level for the trucks to get in and out. We definitely need a new space. I see it growing and expanding into a new facility in two years. Expanding our territory and maybe introducing a new product line,” Long said.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.