Benoure Inc. is a second generation family business. The company was founded by Robert Benoure in 1966 when he purchased the business from his longtime employer, Max Langtot. After Robert's retirement in 1994, the business was taken over by Robert's son Robin Benoure along with his three brothers Bobby, Michael and Brad.
Since then the company has seen a lot of change. In in 1994, there was one employee besides the three brothers. Brad, being the youngest was not involved then. He was just getting out of high school, so it was just Bobby, Michael and me and one other employee. Today the company has 36 employees, many of them family members, including Benoure's sons, Chris and Ryan both apprentices a sister, Krista, Bobby's two sons, and all four brothers' wives: Benoure's wife, Patty, an at-home mother to their four children, does all the company's billing from home; Bob's wife, Paula, is one of the receptionists; Michael's wife, Pam, does the accounts payable; and Brad's wife, Sara, is the bill collector.
Sales have grown 20 percent to 25 percent every year. With growth has come a space crunch, especially difficult with the need to maintain an inventory of myriad parts and pipes. This led the brothers to buy another building that offers nearly four times as much square footage, all on one floor. The new quarters are on Commerce Avenue, right around the corner from their old place on Ethan Allen Road, near the airport.