Elk Supply was founded by Jim Bartlett in the late 1940's. He came from a family with a rich history in the lumber and hardware industry. He left a chain called Higginbotham Bartlett to start Elk Supply. The Company headquarters was originally located in Elk City. The Company was later moved to Clinton. During the late 1970's the management was turned over to Calvin Browning, who managed Elk Supply through 1994. He groomed his sons to run the business. In 1994, Calvin stepped aside and his sons were appointed to direct the Company.
Elk Supply is a lumber and building supply and hardware company selling to the retail public and building contractors.