Judd Lumber Company was founded April 18, 1859, as a water-powered planing mill by 27-year old Mark Judd. It produced lumber, sash, and doors for many of the early homes and public buildings in Dowagiac.
Mark Judd's son William, known as “Will”, joined his father in 1886 and helped turn the planing mill into a retail lumberyard in 1889. Will coined the slogan, “Best Lumber Yard by a Dam Site” because of its location next to the Mill Pond Dam. Then in 1926 M.Judd & Sons became incorporated with the name change to Judd Lumber Company.
Upon William Judd’s death in 1928, his son, Richard M. Judd Sr., succeeded him as President, along with Charles Schadt who served as Vice President and manager from 1934 to 1959. Waldo, “Wally” Woodworth, a 34 year Judd Lumber employee and manager succeeded Charles Schadt.
In 1963, Richard M. Judd Jr. joined Judd Lumber Company and became President upon the death of his father in 1976. He received his BA in Social Science and MA in History from Michigan State University. He is a current member of the Michigan Lumber & Building Materials Association where he served as President in 1985 and earned the distinction of Lumber Person of the Year for 2001.
As past President of the Dowagiac School Board, Rotary Club, Southwestern Michigan College Foundation and United Way, Richard Judd Jr. maintains an active role in the many civic and youth related organizations in Dowagiac and Southwestern Michigan.
We have a knowledgeable and highly qualified staff with over 200 years of combined experience in the building trades business.
Butch has over 30 years experience in the construction trades industry and has been with Judd Lumber Company for 16 years. He serves as General Manager and Director of Sales and Estimating.
Becky has over 20 years experience in retail sales, 16 of which have been at Judd Lumber Company, serving in many capacities. She presently serves as Store Manager and Director of Kitchen and Bath Design.
Ryan has been involved in the building and construction industry since 1996 and has spent 18 of those 20 years working with industry professionals, both residential and commercial. He has numerous years experience reading blueprints and providing material take-offs, as well as providing the service necessary to keep jobs flowing as smooth as possible. Ryan is committed to building a relationship of trust and dedication with your company, freeing the builder to do the things they need to do to become profitable and respected in their industry and with their customers.
Charles has 16 years at Judd Lumber Company with many more years prior in building products manufacturing. He serves as Outside Yard & Delivery Manager. He also handles the Purchasing of Commodity Products.
Keith has been in retail and service sales for 40 years and has 19 years in the lumber and building materials business. Keith has been with Judd Lumber Company for 14 years and currently is head of Safety and Training and is also manager of our Rental Center which features a full line of tools and contractor equipment as well as tents, tables, chairs and inflatables.
Dawn Ausra has 16 years prior sales experience as an employee of Lowes and Home Depot. She worked in the electrical, flooring, hardware, paint, millwork and lumber departments. She also served as a flooring specialist, installed sales manager and worked in contractor sales. She has been with Judd Lumber for 3 years and has continued and expanded her skills working as an Inside Sales Specialist.