Brief History of Consumers Lumber
During the 1930s, we operated yards in Spirit Lake, Montgomery and Superior and supervised them from Mason City. At that time, Ben A. Webster of Mason City was president. Charles F. Lindquist of the Spirit Lake yard was vice-president and Burt Whirry ran the Montgomery yard and Harry Ruckman the Superior yard.
In 1945, eventual president Fred A. Weber joined the company. The D.L. Aitchison Lumber Yard in Arnolds Park was purchased in 1949. In 1950 Robert E. Bergquist joined the company. The Montgomery yard was closed in 1955, and the Arnolds Park yard was closed in 1971 leaving only the Spirit Lake location.
A home panelizing and truss company (Citation Homes) was started in 1966 headed up by senior vice president Bergquist. Mike Stineman joined the company in 1977 and was elected President in 1981 with the retirement of Fred Weber.
In June of 1986, after going through the tough economic times of the early ’80s, Consumers Lumber was separated from Citation Homes and sold to two Spencer businessmen, Gene Luken and Bill Sanders. Luken bought out Sanders in 1991 and sold to long time employees Jim Johnson and Rod Lange in June of 2002. At that same time Spencer Lumber in Spencer Iowa was purchased. Johnson purchased Lange’s shares in the spring of 2008, making him the sole owner. At that same time Johnson changed the name of Spencer Lumber to Consumers Lumber Company as they continue to operate as today.
Johnson operated the company until April of 2016. At that time the company was once again sold to long time employees Jamie Storey and Jason Lorenzen. Storey and Lorenzen continue to operate Consumers Lumber today. Along with a well experienced staff, we operate under the same values and standards focusing on integrity, passion for excellence, and teamwork that has always made Consumers Lumber stand above the rest.
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