Donald’s wife was a Bragg. The company relocated with-
in Bangor in 1967 to its current spot. Donald’s son, Clifton
Eames, took over the leadership role in 1980. Clif retired in
1992 and was replaced by his cousin John Bragg. John led
the selling of N.H. Bragg & Sons’ automotive supply division
in 2002 to Carquest and the 2008 sale off its welding supply
division to Valley National Gas. John retired in 2011 and his
cousin, Jon Eames, succeeded him as the next president.
With so much company history and family ownership
behind him, Eames says he feels both challenged and
honored to be the one leading such a reputable company.
“As the sixth generation of our family to lead the
company, I feel a major sense of respon-
sibility to carry on the company legacy,”
he says. “It’s a weight on your shoulders
to perform and excel in the industry
and serve in the community like those
in the past. It’s a challenge, but it’s one I
relish. I’m fortunate to be in the position
I’m in. I’m very proud and aware of the
family’s history and ability to adapt to
The Bangor facility still has the wood-
en boxes containing financial records
from the company’s early years in the
1800s, as well as one of the company’s
early cash registers.
One of the reasons for NH Bragg’s
sustained success is because the Bragg-Eames families have continuously reinvested profits back into the company,
giving it the capital to invest in new
endeavors, as well as a nest egg to help
carry it during difficult times.
While the family has and will continue
to be the backbone of NH Bragg, its
leadership also appreciates that past executives don’t interfere with how things
are currently managed. Besides receiving
financial statements and maybe asking
a couple questions, past leaders stay
“One of the things I credit the family
for is when one generation retires, they
retire,” says vice president Vern Leeman.
“The next generation knows no one
is going to come out and say, ‘Are you
sure you want to do that?’ and second-
guess them. It’s on them to run the
Leeman started at NH Bragg in
1979 and was there for 18 years, even-
tually becoming operations manager.
When the company divested its auto-
motive division he left to take upper
management position in a Tier
1 automotive part manufac-
turer, and eventually returned
as vice president five years
ago. His hands-on experience
in the manufacturing sector
has proved valuable to the
In a period where busi-
ness consolidation is higher
than ever across the industrial
distribution landscape, Eames
and Leeman know NH Bragg has to continue to excel in
order to compete with the large national distributors.
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