Fuel Oil and 
Coal Division


F.M. Brown's Sons, Inc.

717 Lancaster Avenue

Reading, PA 19607-1634

(610)-375-6166


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Fuel Oil and 
Coal Division  History


Fuel Oil and Coal Division History

The Fuel Division of F.M. Brown’s began from the vision of our founder George Brown. In 1843, he started the legacy with a water-powered grist mill, now a registered National Historic Landmark, on Monocacy Creek in Pennsylvania. The Old Grist Mill today remains as solid as the day it was built, six generations ago. It functions as a constant reminder of the strength, tradition, and integrity on which our company was built.

Franklin M. Brown, George's son directed the company and retired in 1920. In turn, his four sons formed a partnership, F.M. Brown's Sons, which was later incorporated in 1948. B. Clay Brown, Franklin's second son moved to Reading in 1920 and began the Coal and Feed business on Lancaster Avenue.

In 1947, Fuel Oil was added as another energy product. B. Clay retired in 1969, and the Division grew under the management of C. Merrill Brown. The business currently maintains its strong foundation from leadership of the 5th generation of Brown's.

 

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