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  • In addition to a wide variety of lumber materials, a full hardware store and a beautiful kitchen showroom, customers at The J.F. Johnson Lumber Company will find a friendly and knowledgeable staff, including President Bob Johnson (center) and designers Stephanie Dyer and Kate Johnson, who are ready to help with all building, renovating and redecorating needs.
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    In addition to a wide variety of lumber materials, a full hardware store and a beautiful kitchen showroom, customers at The J.F. Johnson Lumber Company will find a friendly and knowledgeable staff, including President Bob Johnson (center) and designers Stephanie Dyer and Kate Johnson, who are ready to help with all building, renovating and redecorating needs.

The J.F. Johnson Company Has Helped Build Homes For 94 Years

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Long before development came to Anne Arundel County, transforming the farmland and forests into the suburbs and towns that stand today, the J.F. Johnson Lumber Company was doing business and providing building materials for residents. It was in 1921 that Joshua “Fred” Johnson came to the area to start selling lumber from the timberland around Marley Creek in Glen Burnie. Later, he built a mill, and several years after that, he decided to incorporate and open a retail lumberyard.

In the decades that followed, the company grew – in the 1940s, a second location opened in Annapolis; in 1975, prompted by the county’s work to revitalize downtown Glen Burnie, Johnson Lumber moved from its original venue to its current home in Millersville. Finally, in 2002, the Annapolis location moved to Edgewater.

Today, J.F. Johnson Lumber Company continues to serve the central Maryland area with two locations and a breadth of products and services. The families that long held stock in the business – not only the Johnsons but also the Lees, the Glenns and the Easons – remain hands-on all these decades later. “We’ve always been a multifamily corporation,” explained Bob Johnson, a third-generation leader and the company’s president.

Johnson believes that what makes the company successful is everything it has to offer its customers – lumber and materials to complement any building and remodeling needs (including kitchen countertops, cabinetry, decking, siding, landscaping and more), a full hardware retail shop, designer consultation and a kitchen showroom. The knowledgeable staff is dedicated to reviewing with customers the details of their material needs and then supplying them in a professional manner.

“We service both homebuilders and homeowners,” Johnson explained. “We have a lot of experience with people doing their own projects, and we have very loyal customers, many repeat customers, and they’re pleased with how we deliver.”

Part of being a longstanding, locally owned business means giving back to the community, and Johnson Lumber frequently contributes to charities, good-works projects and other important causes. Many local Boy Scouts working toward Eagle status have benefitted from the generosity of the team at Johnson, receiving advice and complementary or discounted materials for their projects. Johnson Lumber has also worked with churches to provide greatly needed housing materials for those who can’t afford it.

In everything the staff does, the emphasis is on helping others – and that, Johnson noted, is his favorite part of the job. “We all like solving problems,” he said. “We all enjoy working with the public and providing customer service. Every day is a different situation. I wouldn’t say it’s glamorous, but it’s rewarding.”

The J.F. Johnson Lumber Company is open Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 5:00pm (with the kitchen showroom opening at 7:30am) and Saturday from 8:00am to noon. The Millersville location is at 8200 Veterans Highway (410-987-5200) and the Edgewater location is at 3120 Solomons Island Road (410-956-0400). For more information, visit www.johnsonlumber.biz.


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