Zeskind’s acquires Lamar and Wallace


Zeskind’s Hardware and Millwork has acquired Landover, Md.-based Lamar and Wallace, Inc. in a deal that closed on Oct. 30. 

The move enables Baltimore-based Zeskind's to quadruple warehouse space, double its employees, more than double annual revenue, and significantly increase capacity to manufacture and distribute millwork products throughout the Washington, D.C.-Landover-Baltimore region. 

“We could not be more excited about this expansion, solidifying our presence in the D.C.-Baltimore corridor,” said Zeskind Owner and President Rick Miller Jr. “In addition to increasing our warehouse capacity and door shop square footage fourfold, we're also gaining an amazing team of folks who align perfectly with Zeskind's existing focus on millwork manufacturing and distribution." 

Both businesses specialize in hanging interior and exterior doors and carry similar window and door product lines, but have traditionally served different geographic markets. The acquisition will allow seamless delivery of products throughout their existing territories and beyond, Zeskind’s said. 

Additionally, both are multi-generation family-owned businesses. 

Miller’s great-grandfather opened Zeskind’s in 1925 as a corner hardware store serving Baltimore. Meanwhile, Lamar and Wallace was founded by the previous owner’s grandfather and his business partner in 1935 and was originally located on New York Ave in Washington, D.C. In 1963, they expanded to the Landover location.

The team at Zeskind's Hardware and Millwork.

Zeskind’s original 1925 retail store still serves the community today. As part of their Baltimore expansion, Zeskind’s broke ground in 2015 on a new 10,000 square foot warehouse, while simultaneously renovating their existing 8,000 square foot warehouse into a door-hanging facility, offices, and showroom in Southwest Baltimore. 

In 2019, Zeskind’s opened a sleek, modern door and window showroom in Arnold, Md. just north of Annapolis. 

The Lamar and Wallace acquisition completes another phase of rapid growth for the company, which will add 75,000 square feet of warehouse, offices and showroom to their portfolio. Landover will be the fourth location for Zeskind's. 

Zeskind’s said that it is the leading Jeld-Wen Elite Dealer in the region and the Baltimore area’s largest supplier of Jeld-Wen’s complete line of window, interior and exterior door products.

In Baltimore and the surrounding areas, Zeskind’s is known as the leader in providing materials for historically accurate tax credit projects for CHAP, MD Historic Trust, and Federal Tax Credit projects.

In both Baltimore and Annapolis, the company works with designers and architects of distinction to provide windows, doors, and other materials for renovations and new construction. Zeskinds is also a member of the Annapolis Design District. In this new location, Zeskind’s will bring its appreciation for fine millwork products to contractors, designers, and homeowners in D.C., Northern Virginia, and beyond, the company said.