Schell lumber celebrates 100 years in business

Schell Lumber Home Building Centre is celebrating 100 years of serving the Stouffville community.

The store has been in the Schell family since it was founded in 1922 and ownership has been passed down through four generations.

“I have learned a lot from my family about how to run a successful business over the years, but the most valuable advice came from my great grandfather Wes Schell,” said Kyle Schell, Dealer-Owner, Schell Lumber Home Building Centre. “He always said that your team members work with you, not for you. I think our customers can see the impact of this through the excellent service we deliver.

“It is clear our employees know they are valued members of our team, and they take pride in that. That’s why we have been so successful.”

Over the past century, Schell Lumber Home Building Centre has provided helpful advice and quality products to countless customers looking to build a new fence, deck, home, or even a subdivision.

Whatever the project or the ask, the team goes above and beyond and is incredibly thankful for the support they’ve received from their customers and community.

The store was founded a century ago by Wes Schell as Stouffville Planing Mill and is currently owned by fourth-generation dealer-owner Kyle Schell, and his uncle Steve Schell.

Steve has been involved with the store for 49 years and previously co-owned the store with the late Ron Schell, who passed this spring.

“We have 13 Schell family members involved at the store today including two of my own sons,” Steve Schell said. “Working with your family is great. At the end of the day, you win or lose together. There’s a special trust in that.”

The Schell family has earned the trust of the Stouffville community and the store has more than doubled in size since its inception, now boasting 13,000 square feet of retail space and an expanded yard.


Photo: The Schell family celebrates 100 years in business.


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  • I was very impressed with the 100 year celebration at the Markham Fair
    . 57 years ago with my grand father and I went to Schell lumber and meet Harry Schell ,over the years the Schell people made me feel like family ,with the down home care for what I needed to do. I have been to many lumber yards over Ontario but like Steve said they have the best quality lumber plus my favourite by far. Their staff all ways friend and super helpful. Thanks for being there for all my contractor need. Rick


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