Who We Are
Niehaus Lumber prides itself on customer service for both our everyday customers & our contractors. We offer everything you need for the next remodel & we can help you get done faster. Our friendly sales staff can help you select the right product the first time. Niehaus Lumber is a family – won’t you join us?
Our family owned business was founded in 1933 by Benjamin Niehaus and his son, Francis Niehaus. Our company is comprised many businesses. They are: Niehaus Lumber with 4 locations, Wholesale Building Materials with two locations – Vincennes, IN. and St. Louis, MO., The Door Mill, The Top Shop, Stonehaus and an import division in Vincennes.
“We serve professional builders as well as do-it-yourself homeowners. We are a full-service home improvement business offering kitchen and bath cabinets, flooring, paint, windows, doors, lighting, a contractor sales team, delivery service, financing, installation services, and much more.”
Benjamin and Francis Niehaus started a mill in Vincennes during the spring of 1933. They primarily made roller binders and hotbed sashes for local farmers, but as time went on, they expanded. Making kitchen cabinets, door frames, all beginning with rough lumber. Francis began ordering truckloads of building materials for resale. This later proved to be the most successful part of the business.
In November of 1944, Francis died of tuberculosis. This wife, Naomi Niehaus, the young widow and mother of two small children, came into the business to carry on Francis’ position. She ran the business until her son, Bernie, graduated from Michigan State in 1959. Bernie joined the business and expanded and updated the operation into the area’s first Cash & Carry lumber yards.
We went through a major expansion in 1996. The warehouses were converted into showrooms and the whole structure updated to become what is now Niehaus Home Center.
In March of 2000, Bernie stepped down as President and named his oldest son, Butch as the new president, son David as Vice President of Sales, and son Eric, as Vice President of Sales. Bernie’s daughters, Anne Pratt and Catherine Lawless were appointed Directors of the corporation.
The fourth generation is dedicated to new growth and remaining strong in the retail and wholesale business for decades to come.