Fischer Lumber Co. is celebrating 75 years of business, growth and a strong family presence in East Alton. Since the company’s founding in 1941, the lumberyard has more than tripled and expanded business all over the metro area.
After C.C. Fischer and G.A. Fischer purchased the Hale Lumber Co. in 1941, eight employees worked together for the next 14 years to build the Fischer Lumber Co. C.C. Fischer then purchased all stock from the George Fischer Family and the company has been in the C.C. Fischer Family ever since.
“It is a great honor to be celebrating 75 years in business alongside my brothers,” said Ed Fischer, treasurer of the company. “To think back to when Fischer Lumber got started and how much we have grown and continue to grow is such a point of pride for my family and the entire company.”
In 1958, C.C. Fischer’s son Chris Fischer took over the company for 37 years until his retirement in 1995. Following in his footsteps are his three sons, David, James and Edward. Today David Fischer is president of the company, James is secretary and Edward is treasurer. David’s son Robert also works for the family business.
The business has grown throughout the years. In 1972, the company moved the showroom and store to its current space at 210 N. Shamrock St. The building has a 10,000-square-foot showroom and 10,000-square-foot warehouse attached. In the 1980s, the company bought five acres and built additional buildings for trusses, windows, doors and shingles.
Fischer Lumber Co. is an 80 percent based contractor yard; however it still serves a large range of customers from building contractors, government agencies, small businesses, hospitals, churches and factories to individual trade. The company strives to cater to all of its customers and their individual lumber needs. It delivers within a 60-mile radius, doing a lot of business on both sides of the river. With pride the Fischers have watched their business continue to succeed and grow over the past 75 years in East Alton.
“We design kitchens and baths, we can do lumber take-offs, and we do estimating if you bring in blueprints. We consider ourselves a full-service, contractor-oriented lumberyard. Everything from cabinets to windows, mill work to roof trusses, we have it,” added Fischer.
Fischer Lumber provides jobs for 44 full-time employees. As a testament to the company’s longstanding success, many employees have been with the Fischers for more than 30 years.
Fischer Lumber is able to supply material for residential and light commercial projects. The company offers a line of quality products including, but not limited to a full line of Marvin new construction and replacement windows; Hormann garage doors; Rollex siding and soffit; GAF shingles, and Bertch, Timberlake and Holiday cabinets.
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