June 6, 2013
Boston – Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) visited W.H. Riley & Son of North Attleboro on Wednesday, June 5th to congratulate the company on achieving its 140th year of business. Senator Ross presented a Senate Resolution honoring the occasion to Mark Allen, current owner of W.H. Riley.
“It was an honor today to recognize W.H. Riley & Son for its 140 years of success and commitment to the North Attleboro community,” said Senator Ross. “Local businesses are the backbone of the Commonwealth’s economy. For this company to grow and prosper for over a century, while remaining family-owned, is a true accomplishment. I wish them many more years of continued success and prosperity.”
W.H. Riley & Son was founded in 1873 by William H. Riley and his son Elmer I. Riley. The company initially dealt in coal, wood, straw and building supplies, later adding furniture moving and teaming to its service offerings. Over the years, the company’s product offerings evolved to include fuel oil, heating and cooling equipment, gasoline, diesel fuel, and propane gas. W.H. Riley & Son eventually expanded to Taunton, Massachusetts in the mid-1930s to serve the Southeastern Massachusetts region.
Throughout its 140 year history, W.H. Riley & Son has remained family owned and operated. Current owner Mark Allen is the great-great-great grandson of founder William H. Riley. His father, Warren Allen, was the previous owner of the company. Mark also employs his sons: Jonathan Allen, Service Manager and Mark Allen, General Manager.
Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.
Front (left to right): Senator Ross, Mark Allen (Owner), Warren Allen (previous owner)
Back (left to right): Jonathan Allen (Service Manager) and Mark Allen (General Manager)