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E.C. Barton Overview

Jonesboro, AR
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Home Centers & Hardware Stores
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Established in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1885, E.C. Barton & Company is a building materials retailer with a presence from New York to Texas. The company is 100% employee owned, and operates as an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). Divisions of E.C. Barton ... Read more

Mission: We will offer quality home improvement products and solutions combined with knowledgeable and friendly service at the guaranteed lowest price to help our customers achieve their dreams.

E.C. Barton – Why Work For Us?

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E.C. Barton & Company’s story began in 1885 at a grocery store in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

With the intention of building a new home, P.C. Barton stacked a load of lumber he had purchased behind his grocery store. As customers began to purchase the lumber he had intended to use for himself, the item was added as a sideline to the grocery store.Company Namesake Eugene C. Barton

Barton eventually sold the grocery store and incorporated his new business in 1902. It was called Barton Lumber & Brick. The company grew and in 1927 Barton acquired all the stock in the company, turning the business over to his son, Eugene C. Barton, the following year.

The younger Barton was 20 when his father called him home from college to help in the lumber business. Eugene Barton learned his father’s philosophy on business. He later said, “I’ve spent my life insisting that my employees follow the same rule – treat your customers courteously, give him quality merchandise and stand behind everything you sell. Buy quality, buy satisfaction has always been our motto. It is better not to sell a customer at all, than to sell him once.”

E.C. Barton acquired additional lumber yards, as opportunities presented themselves. He died in 1967, passing on a legacy to the people in his business and in his community. The company continued to thrive, and in 1975 adopted an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

The company experienced significant growth over the next 21 years, including the development of the Surplus Warehouse division, the acquisition of several other chains and opening new locations in several states.

The company expanded rapidly during 2006 with the acquisition of Grossman’s Bargain Outlet. The acquisition included 56 locations in four states, and E.C. Barton & Company also opened stores in three states.

Today, E.C. Barton & Company has more than 100 stores in 17 states. Divisions of the company are Barton’s, Surplus Warehouse, Grossman’s Bargain Outlet, E.C.B. Brokerage and Surplus Purchasing. E.C. Barton & Company has a presence in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Texas. 

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This is your future, and you've got more to think about than just your paycheck.

At E.C. Barton & Company, you'll be a big part of a small team that implements our core value Excellence. Everyday. Everyone. in everything we do.

We have a history that dates back to 1885, but today is perhaps the most exciting time to be a part of our company. We have a great deal of advancement potential and offer every partner (we don't call you an employee) participation in our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). This makes you a beneficial owner of the company, and requires no contribution on your part. 

This, in addition to affordable insurance and competitive wages have created an environment that encourages growth and development within our company.

Employment with E.C. Barton & Company is about stability. More than 24% of our partners have been with us for 10 or more years, and almost 12% have been here for more than 20 years.

To find out how you can begin your journey with us, click the links below to browse available positions, apply online, sign up for notifications through our talent network and discover the rest of the benefits of partnership at E.C. Barton & Company.

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Huntsville, AL
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    Keep going in the direction we are headed.

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E.C. Barton Photos

E.C. Barton photo of: Our team serving at the 2019 Komen Northeast Arkansas Race for the Cure Pasta Party
E.C. Barton photo of: E.C. barton participates each year in the Corporate Olympics run by the Community Health Education Foundation. We had a great showing at this year's event and took first place!
E.C. Barton photo of: The Rich family came out in full force
E.C. Barton photo of: Our very own Jeff Chastain led the way as the pace back for race day!
E.C. Barton photo of: The partners at Barton's of Jonesboro built this structure!
E.C. Barton photo of: Sondra, Marcia, Vanessa, and Kevin led the fundraising efforts for this year! We were able to raise $2,386 in addition to our Presenting Sponsorship!
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E.C. Barton Interviews



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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at E.C. Barton (Lake Charles, LA) in June 2016.


    You will get a call from HR and set up an apt for phone interview. After interviewing with HR then you will interview with the store manager and/ or assistant manager and/ or district manager depending on positions. It is a very fast and easy process.

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