Hermann Lumber celebrates a century

Cuts ribbon on festive 100-year anniversary with family and friends last weekend.
Hermann Lumber 100th ribbon cutting
Cutting the ribbon to celebrate 100 years in business! Long term employees are a hallmark of Hermann Lumber, with managers who have been with the business for more than 50 years, including one who is 86 years old.

In honor of its 100th anniversary, Hermann Lumber Company, a Do it Best dealer, hosted a two-day celebration last weekend featuring vendor demonstrations, prize giveaways, product discounts, food, games, and live entertainment.

“We were overwhelmed by the turnout,” said Dan Baumstark, third-generation owner and president. “We greatly appreciate everyone who came out to show their support for Hermann Lumber and celebrate with us. Our family looks forward to many more years of serving this great community.”

Last Friday, representatives from the store’s top brands, including Milwaukee, Rust-Oleum, Sherwin-Williams, and more were on hand to perform demonstrations and provide product education. A grand prize drawing was held for a Char-Broil grill.

Hermann Lumber 100th 1922 silver dollar
Three uncirculated 1922 Peace silver dollars were given away, and in-store drawings were held every 100 minutes.

On Saturday, a second grand prize drawing awarded a 30-quart Pelican cooler. After regular business hours concluded, an afternoon celebration kicked off, which included games for children and adults, such as bounce houses and ax throwing; food and drink vendors; and other entertainment. A live band, Pilot Groove, also performed.

The family business dates to 1922 when Albert Baumstark was offered a management position by the company's new owner. By the early 1970s, he had acquired a majority of the stock in the business and his son Charles bought the rest.

Herman Lumber 100th family and friends
“Our family looks forward to many more years of serving this great community,” said Dan Baumstark, owner.

In 1972, Charles’ son Dan bought into the business at age 18. Baumstark and his three daughters Rachel Korman, Chelsea Rohlfing, and Megan Stiers, continue to run Hermann Lumber today.

“We believe the business has achieved long-standing success through our close family ties and our ability to work together so well,” said Stiers, vice president. “It’s a positive environment, and our employees have become an extension of the Baumstark family.”