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Alexander Acquires New Location

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Alexander Lumber Co. has acquired the assets of Peoples Complete Building Center located in Watseka, IL. As of October 1, 2015 this location will be open for business under the Alexander Lumber name.

Peoples Complete Building Center in Watseka was founded by Fred Martin and has been a local, family-owned business since 1902. Dan Martin, one of the fourth generation of the Martin family, said, “We are happy to see our employees and customers being able to continue on with a family owned and community oriented company like Alexander Lumber. While People’s has been in operation in Watseka for a long time, it is exciting to become a part of Illinois’ oldest retail lumber company.”

“The Watseka market was a natural addition to our stores servicing the nearby Gilman and Fairbury markets” said Russ Kathrein, President and CEO of Alexander Lumber. “We are pleased to welcome People’s Watseka into our family and we look forward to them being a part of the growth and expansion of our company.”

Alexander Lumber was founded in 1891 and consists of 20 retail lumber locations, two component plants and one counter top manufacturing facility. It operates in Central and Western Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and the Chicago market. Serving the builder and project consumers in both rural and metro markets, Alexander Lumber is committed to being a strong member of its local communities while supporting new construction and remodeling activity in its markets.


L to R: Sam Martin, Russ Kathrein, Richard Martin, Dan Martin and Rick Vancil‚Äč


Welcome to Alexander Lumber. We're glad you're here. We've been supplying Illinois and Wisconsin residents with home renovation and building materials for over 100 years, and we're here to help with your next project.

At Alexander, we're so much more than lumber. We're windows and doors. Kitchens and baths. We're decorative trim and hardware, decking and moulding. But we're even more than this.

We're pros at getting the job done, by helping you do it correctly. So, how can we help make your home remodeling or commercial project a success? Alexander Lumber specialists are available to guide you through your project from beginning to end. Our retail locations and showrooms make product selection easy, and our knowledgeable sales staff can assist you with any questions along the way.

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  • Thanks for all your help!!!

    I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to help me, you were definitely the missing puzzle piece to link everything together!  And if you talk to John, please thank him also, and tell him I still tell stories about the tremendous job he did on the siding job. I'm hard to please, but he exceeded my expectations, and that's extremely rare.

    Greg DeWald//Elkhorn, WI

  •    1st official night at North Lake! Thank you for your help, patience, referrals, & most of all friendship, (love of design, decorating, house stuff, bull dogs, pink, & little piggies! Haha!)

     I treasure you & am thankful for all the workers that became our friends in the process! I love them all!
     Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!!   Look forward to the next project!! :0)

    Kim Doyle//Oconomowoc, WI

  • I've been a long time customer of Alexander Lumber Company. The lumber, service, and advice is top quality.  Also, they will cut and size your lumber.  A service you don't often get at other yards.

    Alan Collubrusco Construction

  • Thank You and your team for your patience, service, product and dedication to our project.

    CHIP BULSON // Owner, Golf Rose Properties

  • Mark Tyson Construction was working on a remodel for a customer. The customer was specifically looking for RTA brand cabinets. We were not able to get that brand of cabinets, but we were able to get Schrock Trademark cabinets.

    I was able to put together a quote for the customer that matched the same specifications that they were looking for in the RTA cabinets.

    Between the contractor, the customer and I we were able to come up with a design that matched what they were looking for and in the price range they desired.

    HEATHER THOMAS // Manager, Rushville Location


Alexander Lumber Co. is a family owned company with more than 100 years of experience serving public and commercial customers in Illinois and Wisconsin with 20 retail locations. We welcome the new customers that have joined us in Illinois with the acquisition of People's Lumber in Watseka. In Wisconsin, Alexander Lumber  has 3 retail locations with a Sales office in Twin Lakes Wisconsin.

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