We have all heard people make the difference, whether it’s the corner ice cream store or a fine dining restaurant. That’s what John’s Lumber is about. When you come to either of our yards you’ll find our people are a large part of our total package. Knowledgeable sales staff to help direct you through your project. Our people will help design, suggest, and guide you from concept to completion.
We are known for our quality and service. It’s what we teach our employees. In business over 68 years at the same location in Clinton Township and our Shelby location for over 25 years on Van Dyke. Longevity is no accident.
You’ll like what you see, the value you receive and the comfort knowing we back everything we sell. So next time, give us a try with your building project and see why our customers continually return.
John’s Lumber will provide the highest quality building materials to its customers at competitive prices. Our dedication to excellence in service, product and information will allow us to be the best building material supplier in the state of Michigan.
Since 1947, John’s Lumber has grown to become one of Metro Detroit’s largest building supply dealers, employing many experienced professionals who serve homeowners and builders throughout the area. Founded by the Aggeler family, John’s Lumber remains family owned and operated.
At John’s Lumber we promise to provide you with the best combination of price, quality and service – a combination that will prove to be your best value!
Continuing to earn your confidence is the # 1 priority at John’s Lumber.
- Roy & Virginia Aggeler, with $500 in hand, start John’s Lumber, which is named after their oldest son, John (1 year old).
- Friends ask “Why are you moving out so far from the city?”
- Gratiot Avenue was a dirt road.
- When they started John’s Lumber there was no McDonalds, Kmart, Burger King or JC Penney.
- A postage stamp cost 3 cents
- Gasoline sold for 15 cents
- Average new car cost $1,290.
- Life expectancy was 62.9 years.
- “Profits small, business great” owner says “That’s the way we operate. “
- Suddenly, Roy Aggeler contracts polio and thinks “There goes the company.”
- Roy is a religious man and his prayers are answered, and 6 months later business is back to usual.
- Phone number to John’s Lumber is four digits – 7559.
- Gasoline soars to 18 cents per gallon.
- John’s Lumber boasts the lowest price anywhere – 39 cents for a 2×4-8.
- Eight-year anniversary of John’s Lumber, 2 trucks now and thinking of buying a forklift.
- New home cost $10,950.
- Gasoline is now all the way up to 23 cents per gallon – where will this end?
- 92 cents for a gallon of milk, awfully high, but they delivered it.
- A loaf of bread sells for 18 cents.
- Stanley Cup Winners – “Detroit Red Wings”
- John’s Lumber will shoot for but fall short of a million dollars in sales – $893,784.
- John’s Lumber has best year ever and buys used forklift.
- John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
- Beatles get first U.S. hit – “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.
- Brad Pitt born December 18th
- Heisman Trophy Winner – Roger Staubach from Navy
- One of American’s favorite TV shows is “Bonanza” (remember Hoss).
- Gas is 29 cents per gallon
- John’s Lumber builds new 100 x 120 lumber shed.
- Mario Andretti wins Indianapolis 500 (1969)
- Marcus Welby M.D. a favorite t.v. show on ABC
- Neil Armstrong walks on the moon.
- John’s Lumber now employs 38 people and business is going strong.
- Postage stamps are 6 cents.
- If you had a color TV, you were cool
- A favorite song is: “In The Year 2525” by Zager & Evans. Time is moving way too fast.
- Vietnam War is raging.
- John’s Lumber sells $2.2 million this year and Roy Aggeler thanks God for his success.
- The cost of a new home is $39,300 (average).
- Jimmy Hoffa disappears forever.
- Life expectancy is now 72.6 years
- Bill Gates & Paul Allen found Microsoft, the company contracted to write software for Altair (personal computer).
- John’s Lumber names son Michael Aggeler to be president.
- People vow not to use the U.S. postal because stamps go up to 13 cents – how could this be possible?
- President of the United States is Gerald Ford.
- John’s Lumber sales approach $3.1 million, 39 employees, but times are really tough.
- Interest rates soar to 18% – complete recession hits the U.S.A.
- 1980 Roy Aggeler loses his battle with cancer on August 2nd – passes on to his Creator.
- Gasoline is now .91 cents per gallon – where will it end? It won’t.
- The lumber shed collapses under weight of a 24 hour 12″ snow & rainstorm.
- First National Bank calls note during troubled times. John’s Lumber secures new borrowings in 3 days with Liberty State Bank.
- Average new car cost $7,983.00
- John’s Lumber opens 2nd location at Garfield & Canal.
- John’s Lumber sales go over $10 million as owners promise a cruise for all employees.
- The Berlin Wall is torn down
- The earthquake in San Francisco hits just as the World Series is to begin 1989.
- John’s Lumber moves 2nd location to Shelby Township.
- Gas is 97 cents per gallon
- Average cost of a new home is $120,000.
- Postage stamps sell for 25 cents
- Milk is $2.62 per gallon
- The big boxes, Home Depot, Home Quarters, Builder Square & Lowes do battle.
1991 – 1994
- John’s Lumber sales continue to climb – $12 million, $14 million, $16 million, $20 million, $26 million.
- John’s Lumber management takes all employees and spouses on a trip to Palm Springs, California (CARE 90 – Customer Always Receive Excellence).
- John’s Lumber team of employees is now at 95 people and growing.
- John’s Lumber continues to expand its services & product lines to the professional builder and contractors.
- Desert Storm is fought.
- John’s Lumber sales approach $30 million
- John’s Lumber boasts – “Profits Small, Business Great, That’s the Way We Operate”
- Bill Clinton is our President
- Stanley Cup Champions – Detroit Red Wings
- Virginia Aggeler passes at the age of 75. God welcomes her.
- Gasoline is $1.22 per gallon
- Average new home $124,100.00
- Movie ticket approaches $5.00
- John’s Lumber open new division Dimensions, a wholesale company.
- John’s Lumber Sales would reach $34 million this year with 118 employees. $288,135.00 sales per employee.
- Y2K scare – many thought the end of the world was near.
- Cost of a first-class stamp: .34 cents
- Oprah Winfrey debuts O magazine
- “I love you” virus disrupts computers worldwide
- “We will never forget” – The World Trade Centers are hit by jet airliners.
- Tiger Woods wins the U.S. Open
- Average income is $42,343.00
- The stock market takes a hit so hard many people say it may never recover.
- Gas is now $1.46 per gallon
- A new home across the nation average is $136,120.00.
- George W. Bush is sworn in as 43rd president
- Homes hit the average of $200,000.00
- This summer John’s Lumber employs 131 team members.
- Gas is at $1.60 per gallon
- John’s Lumber records its larges sales volume in its 58-year history.
- John’s Lumber implemented the finest floor system (Engineered Wood Products) in the country, following the commitment to quality.
- NBA Championship – Detroit defeats Los Angeles
- Katrina slams New Orleans
- Gas prices not hit $2.35 per gallon
- Home building falls to a standstill; Michigan and the entire country suffer from a lack of construction and home building.
- At John’s Lumber, home improvement projects, decks, kitchens, and additions continue to flow.
- The Aggeler Family is honored as the Family of the Year by March of Dimes.
- In the World Series St. Louis Cardinals defeated Detroit Tigers
- In April John’s Lumber celebrates 60 years in servicing you – the people.
- New website launched – this one!
- Business is good. Great employees and even better customers.
- Customers worried about economy, but still needing building materials.
- Most commodity items still cheaper that the “big box stores”.
- Gas moves from $2 to $4 then back to $2. What a rollercoaster!
- Barack Obama elected president.
- Mike Aggeler retires as president of John’s Lumber.
- Paul Aggeler takes over as President of John’s Lumber.
- National and local economy is a wreck.
- Auto industry in trouble, but Detroit is fighting back.
- Verlander resigns with the Tigers
- Economy showing a sign of life
- Detroit Lions show a sign of life
- We have the best customers in the world! Thank you!
- Gas hits $4 gallon.
- We finally got Osama Bin Laden 5-1-11.
- The Lions actually finish season in good shape!
- Sales stay strong, thanks to a mild winter season
- Spring sprung early and backyard deck season got off to a fast start.
- Cabrera wins triple crown, first time since 1967.
- Tigers made it to World Series.
- Our dear friend and long-time employee, Rich Gessert, passes away. We’ll miss you!
- Mike Aggeler returns as interim CEO & GM