Mans Lumber announces acquisition of Legendary Millwork, based in Troy
Now more than ever, homeowners crave a unique, custom look — no matter their budget or the age of their home. That’s one reason why, after more than 120 years in business, Mans Lumber & Millwork continues to grow and refocus, most recently by acquiring Legendary Millwork and their experienced team.
Founded in Trenton back in 1900, N.A. Mans & Sons (as it was originally known) developed a reputation over the decades as the go-to place for all lumber and building needs in Southeast Michigan. Mans has expanded to include multiple lumberyards, two kitchen and bath design showrooms, a flooring department, a finished carpentry and millwork shop, and an installed sales division.
And, though many traditional lumber yards closed or consolidated operations after the new home market downturn of 2008, Mans changed their mindset.
“Mans adapted by focusing their efforts on small remodelers, commercial customers and homeowners,” said Douglas Mans, President of Mans Lumber and Millwork.
Finished Carpentry Products, having already joined the family in 1999, and the National Lumber merger in 2010, began the growth Mans needed to set them apart from the rest of the industry. Moving on into 2018 with the acquisition of Washtenaw Door and Trim, Mans gained even more talented staff, establishing themselves as the local leader in the industry.
The team at Mans aims to give homeowners, architects, designers, and builders personalized attention and products that set their house apart from others on their block. From the DIY enthusiast to the professional contractor, Mans Lumber provides its customers with a way to put a personal touch on any project.
Woodworking is a trade — and an art — that dwindled after World War II, as homes were scaled down. Businesses like Mans continued to offer those products, mostly for historic preservation or commercial projects. But, since the 1990s, custom molding and millwork have been on the rise again, as homeowners have learned how things like trim, molding, flooring and wainscoting can affordably change the look and feel of any room.
“Mans noticed the demand for higher-end interior products,” said Jeff Pagnier, Director of Millwork, Mans Lumber & Millwork. “Consumers were spending more money on interiors doors, moldings, stair parts and the associated products that finish a home’s interior.”
At the end of 2019, Mans announced the acquisition of Legendary Millwork, based in Troy, Michigan. This new division, which will keep the name and (more importantly) the quality of Legendary Millwork, now means that Mans can accommodate custom needs with shorter lead teams and better service.
What is millwork?
Millwork is basically any type of woodwork that’s made in a mill. It could include:
- Custom window sashes or door panels
- Crown moldings or base moldings
- Decorative applications like shiplap, and wainscot
- Ornate pieces for stair railings, door trim or windows
- Corbels, columns and corners for mantels or staircases
Mans Lumber & Millwork has focused on being the best at this type of work for nearly 20 years, and they’ve built a team of the most experienced and talented staff in the entire state of Michigan (with industry association recognitions to back them up).
With Legendary Millwork as part of the family, Mans not only serves homebuilders and contractors with high-end wood moldings and custom fabricated items like interior and exterior doors, in their choice of woods, like white oak, mahogany and maple — they also manufacture those pieces locally, for better service and quality.
What Mans can offer
Mans attributes much of their success to the people that make up their Team.
“Although investments in infrastructure and equipment are important, the human resource factor has never been more important,” said Pagnier. “Retaining employees with high moral character, industry experience and dedication to hard work create the best opportunity for success.”
Mans takes their name comes from the family who has run the business for four generations now — not because it’s a business run only by men! In fact, their millwork division alone employs three women known for being leaders in their field.
Purchasing manager Amy McMichael has nearly 30 years of millwork experience. Laura Spear, former owner of Washtenaw Door & Trim, works on the outside sales staff at Mans and started in the millwork business in 1974. Rose Jackson, who’s part of Legendary Millwork, has been in the industry for 35 years.
It’s not uncommon for Mans employees to have so many decades of experience. It’s one thing they say truly sets them apart and has allowed them to evolve and stay on top as the housing market changed.
Consider custom millwork in your home? For more information, contact Mans Lumber & Millwork and their team of millwork and molding experts.