10 Allen Street
P.O. Box 80185 F.P.S.
Springfield, MA 01108-0185
(413) 781-6110
fax (413) 731-1380
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In 1961 a young man with a dream of providing a good life for his wife and two sons purchased an old masonry supply business with his life savings of $500.00.  The business known as Kakley Mason and Lawn Supply operated out of a barn on the railroad tracks at 39 Colton Street in Springfield, MA.  Joe Kakley made his deliveries in his family vehicle, a 1958 Chevy Station Wagon while his wife worked at the store and cared for their two sons.  After two years in business, Joe realized a huge growth potential for new construction in the Western Massachusetts area.  Joe's ambition and insight compelled him to change his product line to include a full line of gypsum drywall, masonry, and building products.  His decision would prove to be a success.  With a strong work ethic and a commitment to customer service, the business quickly outgrew that old barn and relocated across the street to a 12,000 square foot building at 54 Colton Street.  In 1969 the company incorporated as JR KAKLEY & SONS INC and built a reputation of being the largest and most complete commercial and residential gypsum drywall and building products supplier in Western Massachusetts.  In 1975, once again Kakley's had outgrown its current facitlity.  In a changing marketplace, Joe saw the need to diversify and expand his business to meet the growing needs of his customer base.  The decision was made to purchase the historic Foundry of the Springfield Armory on 10 Allen Street.  The facility includes a 70,000 square foot brick building on 4 acres of land and is actually where the barrels of the famous semi-automatic M-1 or "Garand rifle" were manufactured.  After extensive renovations a new and improved Kakley's was completed.  Offering one-stop shopping for consumers and professional contractors.  Kakley's has grown to become one of the largest gypsum drywall, commercial steel and building products suppliers in all of New England.  Kakley's also offers a True Value Home center and a complete lumber yard which includes an onsite door factory.  At Kakley's we specialize in manufacturing a full range of commercial and residential interior and exterior doors.  Today Kakley's has over 40 knowledgeable and dedicated professionals committed to exceeding your expectations of the highest quality products and exceptional customer service.  JR KAKLEY & SONS INC. is family owned and operated and has been in business for over 48 years.
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