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Two HWS Family Businesses Merge

Until recently, Scott Energy and Clarke Brothers Fuel were friendly competitors in the North Shore area of Massachusetts. Both companies serve much the same area of the North Shore, both focusing on home temperature controls like air conditioning, oil and propane heating systems, fuel delivery and maintenance.

After brothers Timothy ’83 and Shaun Clarke ’87 decided to focus on expanding their painting and decorating company, Waters & Brown, they sold the fuel company this June to Scott Energy, where Adam Scott ’07 is a third generation employee of the company his grandfather started in 1946.

“We had an immediate bond that formed from those shared experiences of being Hobart alums,” says Scott, who connected with the Clarkes at an industry meeting several years ago, after discovering the common bond of HWS at a Massachusetts North Shore Alumni event.

“We are very excited about the merger of our two family businesses,” Clarke says. “All through this process the Scotts have been great to work with, and we know they will do a great job providing for our customers and employees.” 

Both Timothy and Shaun Clarke majored in philosophy and were members of Kappa Alpha. Timothy was also on the sailing team.

Scott majored in environmental studies, minored in history and played on the Hobart hockey team. As part of his environmental studies senior seminar, he coauthored a webpage about ethanol as a potential fuel source.

In the photo above, Shaun Clarke ’87, Timothy Clarke ’83, Bill Scott, Adam Scott ’07 and Taylor Scott commemorate the recent business acquisition outside of Scott Energy Co. in Gloucester, Mass.