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Industry Spotlight: Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Company

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Industry Spotlight: Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Company

Over the years, Gilcrest/Jewett has expanded its offerings beyond lumber and is now a source for a variety of home building needs, including engineered wood building materials.

The company as it is today was founded in 1985 when Gilcrest Lumber Company and Jewett Lumber Company merged. Both companies shared the values of providing quality customer service and having skilled workers on the job, but for more than a century Gilcrest and Jewett were competitors.

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In 1856, ten years before the railroad arrived in Des Moines, the Gilcrest brothers started the Gilcrest Lumber Company, and in 1879 George Jewett started the Jewett Lumber Company. As Des Moines grew, both companies grew.

Since Gilcrest and Jewett joined forces over 25 years ago, the company has grown from just 40 employees and one location to boasting over 220 employees today with four locations across Iowa, plus a truss facility.

In 2000, Gilcrest/Jewett opened the latest phase of the business in the form of a 12,500 sq. ft. “Idea Center” in Waukee, Iowa. According to the company, the state-of-the-art showroom is a place where Iowans can check out a variety of products for both new homes and home remodels in addition to design services. The showroom, combined with their sprawling reach across the state, helps establish Gilcrest/Jewett as a leading supplier for the Iowa construction industry.

Gilcrest/Jewett offers a host of engineered wood materials from LP Building Products, including LP® SolidStart® LVL, LSL, I-Joists as well as LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding.

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