Why choose Northern Building Supply?

Expertise, backed by integrity

We’ve earned the loyalty of our customers because we stand behind our promises and treat people fairly.

It pays to buy local

Purchasing home improvement products from locally owned retailers generates more local economic activity than purchases made at big box stores.


Quality you can count on

We’re selective about our suppliers. We deal with only the top mills and distributors. So you can always count on the quality we deliver.


Yes, you can get that here

With two full-service stores in the area, we’ve got you covered for whatever your project demands.

Better employees. Better answers.

We’ve hand-selected our employees to be friendly, knowledgeable and completely committed to you and your project.

A heritage of trust, a legacy of expertise and quality.

“Compromise” is not a word heard around here. Since our doors first opened—first in 1904 as Brown Lumber and 1946 as Northern Lumber Company— we’ve been stubborn about quality. So whether you’re a contractor breaking ground on a spec home or a determined “weekend warrior” building a new deck, we have everything you need— proven expertise, the finest materials, and our personal commitment—to help you build with a confidence and quality that will last for years to come. You have a job to do. We’ll help you do it right. We always have. We always will.

Quality people behind quality products.

We’ve never been the rinse-and-repeat box store – nor do we want to be. We’ve built a different kind of company with knowledgeable folks that our customers are delighted to work with. We’ve established strong relationships in the community, and hand-selected both our employees and our suppliers. Contractors, remodelers, and do-it-yourselfers that you know trust the quality, and the people found only at Northern Building Supply.

George C.


Ed B.

President & CEO

Tom R.

Chief Financial Officer

Joe H.

Purchasing Manager


Traverse City

Steve H.

Inventory Specialist and Buyer

Dan G.

Operations Manager & Dispatcher


Dawn K.

HR & Accounts Receivable

Jon L.

Estimating and Sales

Kim B.


Greg S.

Outside Sales

Bill C.

Outside Sales

Duff O.

Outside Sales

Bob N.

Commerical Sales Specialist

Newell C.

Counter Sales

Dennis H.

Inside Sales

Marge P.

Sales Support

Mike N.

Sales Support

Jesse A

Window & Door Specialist

Sally T.

Window & Door Sales

Ray M.


Dave W.

Yard Attendant

Steve S.

Yard Attendant

Bob D.

Yard Attendant

Karl P.

Yard Attendant

Matt P.

Yard Attendant

Roy L.


Suttons Bay

Dave S.

Operations Manager

Chris P.

Hardware Manager

Carolyn A.

Interior Designer


Dawn B.

Accounts Payable


Brett F.

Outside Sales

Joe M.

Outside Sales

Richard S.

Sales and Paint Specialist

Tom L.

Inside Sales

Deanna B.

Inside Sales

Justin W.

Maintenance Manager


Gary G.

Wood Shop


Sherri P.


Mike K.

Yard Attendant

Brady S.

Yard Attendant

Greg P.

Rental Agent


Dick C.

Rental Agent

Diz D.

Rental Agent


Jim H.



Al C.


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