Bridgeville’s O.A. Newton wins Family Owned Business award

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O.A. Newton has been named an honoree in the large category of the Family Owned Business Awards.

O.A. Newton is a 4th-generation family-owned business that has been incorporated in Bridgeville since 1916.

Beginning as a farming and poultry operation, O.A. Newton has served the regional agricultural community with all types of irrigation products, as well as supplementary equipment and household essentials, sold through the Farm and Ranch Hardware store.

In 2018, the company added a gift shop, the Lindenmere Market, named for a former Newton homestead.

Another Newton business provides Engineered material handling systems to producers of PVC pipe, vinyl siding, PVC fencing, wood composite decking, and carbon black handling solutions for the tire and rubber industry.

O.A. Newton has installed equipment in nearly every state in the U.S. and at least 12 countries around the globe.

In North America, 40 percent of the wood composite decking is manufactured using equipment, all made in Delaware, by Newton’s.

So, what keeps a business thriving for 103 years? “O. A. Newton was founded on integrity, thrift, good management, and quality products.These basic principles have not changed for us”, said President, CEO, and great-grandson of O.A. Newton, Rob Rider. “For a family business to survive multiple generations, reputation is one of the most critical elements.Another important element is the entrepreneurial drive that built the business.Identifying community needs through existing business is how many new businesses have begun at Newton’s. Because of our willingness to change and adapt to an ever-changing market, the business has stayed close to its roots, but has been reinvented many times.”

The award will be presented by the Delaware Business Times (DBT) at a ceremony on May 21at the DuPont Country Club.

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