History

 

Blue Ridge Lumber was founded in 1960 by Donald and Grace Ackerson . They leased a small portion of Read's Apple Jack distillery and started to build their dream selling rough lumber. They steadily built the business from ground up and were eventually able to buy the building they were leasing in the early 1970's.

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They then built a 12,000 sq ft showroom and warehouse on that site which remains as the flagship store and Company Headquarters. Don and Grace worked together for 32 years building a very successful business which employed over 25 people in the late 1980's. Blue Ridge Lumber now employs over 75 people and has 5 locations spanning across northern New Jersey. In 1992, Donald retired and Greg, his son, became president at the age of 26. Greg is a graduate of Lehigh University (1989) and worked for Somerville Lumber prior to returning to the family business in 1992.

Since 1992, Greg and his team have expanded the company several times:

  • 1995 - Start up of Grand Rental Station- Blairstown, NJ

  • 1998 - Purchase of Williams and Hibler, Hackettstown, NJ

  • 2005 - Opened 2nd Grand Rental Station, Hackettstown NJ

  • 2008 - Purchase of Wickes/Bradco , Kenvil, NJ

  • 2010 - Purchase of Wickes/Bradco Kitchen and Bath

  • 2013 - Opened a new location in Ogdensburg, NJ (previously Kuiken Brothers)

  • 2016 - Opened a new location in Fairlawn NJ (previously Glen Rock Lumber)

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Through the years, Blue Ridge Lumber has built a reputation by providing exceptional service and the highest quality products available to all its customers through a highly trained staff all at a fair price. Blue Ridge Lumber is now considered by many to be one of the premier building supply companies in all of New Jersey.