About National Lumber
A Solid Foundation
In 1934, Morris Kaitz started the National Lumber Company in Roxbury, MA, serving builders in the Boston area with the professional service prevalent in those days. At that time, all the lumber was stocked by hand—very labor intensive, but they moved a lot of lumber for their growing customer base.
The Tradition Continues
Today the National Lumber Family of Companies is New England's largest independent supplier of building materials and experts in building related services. With pride, this family owned and operated business continues supplying and serving the building industry.
National Lumber and its divisions now employ over 500 people, providing competitive wages and strong benefits! Through product excellence, extraordinary personal attention, and the support of state-of-the-art technology, National Lumber and its Family of Companies are dedicated to carrying on the tradition of excellent service and quality products.
National Lumber has consistently led the industry. In the 1980s while competitors struggled and closed, belt-tightening and wise planning prepared the company for future growth. We built the best staff of outside sales and service personnel, created an inside sales support staff, and embraced developing computer and communications technologies to work smarter and faster. Keeping our customers projects moving on schedule is good for everyone!
Manny Pina, President of the National Lumber Family of Companies, has provided the wise leadership needed to keep the company strong during the challenging economic climate of the past few years. Pina, an engineered wood products expert, was brought into the company in 1987 to lead National Lumber into the new technology and new way of building that the Kaitz family foresaw.
National Lumber's desktop shipping and expediting system is another example of Manny Pina's vision for the company. In 1995, he envisioned a computer program that would show order and shipping information on a PC screen, similar to what at that time was only found on the video monitors in airports that showed flight numbers, changing times, etc. Others in the industry scoffed and said it couldn't be done, but National Lumber accomplished it. In 2002, after 15 successful years with the company, Manuel Pina was named company president. His business vision, procedural efficiency and personal drive continue to lead the National Lumber Family of Companies as we work hard every day to serve our customers.
The Kaitz family is still involved in all aspects of daily activities to ensure the satisfaction of each of our customers. Now into our third generation, we are the largest independent building materials supplier in New England.
Steven Kaitz, a recognized leader in the industry, has worked full-time in the family business since 1975. He had the vision of providing amazing kitchen showrooms with the priorities of talented designers and support staff providing excellence in customer service and outstanding project results. Knowing that our loyal customer base of builders and contractors required these services for their clients, Steven carefully planned and boldly invested in the development of the kitchen division.
Margie Kaitz, well known in the industry for her keen marketing abilities, developed an in-house marketing department to serve the growing business divisions. Margie led the development of computerization with customized software in the 1980s. In addition to Marketing, she oversees the technical infrastructure that keeps sales and accounting departments up to speed with the fast-paced building industry.