It's good to have a little history.
In the 1950's, Ed Trepal was building houses in Mansfield. At the time, he was transporting a lot of his supplies from Eastford Building Supply, the store he had founded a few years prior. Ed talked his son-in-law, Herman Barlow Sr., into opening a hardware store in Mansfield to cut down on the travel time in his building business. Since the grand opening in the spring of 1954, Mansfield Supply has been operated by the family of the founders. Herman Sr., "The Boss", ran the store until the age of eighty-seven. The store is now operated by two of his sons.