Our story should begin by mentioning the importance of our dealers. One of the most rewarding parts of our business has been working with the many antique dealers, custom lighting manufacturers, fixture repair specialist, and designers from across the country. Presently we have a dealer network reaching across the United States, in Europe, Australia and Asia. We strongly recommend that you join our dealer network. I am certain that you will find our personalized service and expertise invaluable to the proper fit finish and style for your fixture.
A Brief History of B&P Lamp Supply, Inc.
Our business was founded in the early 1950’s in my parents’ backyard workshop. In those days my father and mother, Lawson and Pauline Barnes (see photo), and I were antique dealers. We made frequent trips in our truck from our home in Tennessee to the far away states of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, New York, and “New England” to buy antiques for resale. Times were quite different then than they are now. There were no Interstates, and very few motels or restaurants along our route. We often stayed in the homes of our dealer friends who lived along the highways and byways of post WWII America. One question that seemed to come up frequently in conversation with dealer friends was “ do you know where we can buy parts to restore our antique lamps”? Eventually, we got the idea that there could be a business in lamp restoration.
|Lawson and Pauline Barnes - circa 1965||Paul O Barnes - circa 1975|
In the early 1950’s, electricity was finally becoming available to some farming communities. Folks would bring in their old kerosene lamps and ask us to convert them to electric lamps. Soon people began to ask for other types of replacement parts for their old lamps such as shades and chimney glass. Before long we had developed a small line of products centered on the repair and restoration of early lamps and fixtures.
In early 1954 my parents bought 12 acres of land in the edge of McMinnville and set up B&P Lamp Supply Company’s business site (see photo). Later the same year we put together our first catalog of replacement parts for lamps . For the first ten years we reinvested our profits in the business. From our early humble beginning we have grown from 2,500 sq. ft. to 150,000 sq. ft. and have the most extensive, complete line of quality restoration parts for lamps in America.
Our replicas of antique lamps are unsurpassed in detail and quality. Many of our lamps and components are being used in both movies and T.V. productions. Like good “Tennessee” whiskey we seem to have gotten better with age. Through modern communications, and travel we have developed worldwide sources who are “master craftsmen” in a dozen different fields.
One of the most important assets has always been our people. Now in the fourth generation, our management team consists of Paul M. Barnes: President, Barry Barnes: Vice President, Michael Barnes: Vice President, Jim Pierce: Vice President-Inventory, costs controls & compliance and Henry Huang: Vice President-Purchasing and quality control. We have over 30 energetic and very capable employees to process your orders and serve your needs.
Paul O. Barnes
P. S. On August 19, 2010, Paul O. Barnes passed away after an extended illness. His commitment to customers and employees and strong leadership will surely be missed, but not forgotten. We miss Paul and plan to continue his legacy by providing excellent customer service and quality lamp parts.