Heath Lumber Company in Ewing is a family-owned and operated business established in 1857. This year we will be celebrating our 157th anniversary. Heath is known for its slogan: “If it’s in the woods Heath can furnish the goods.”
This complete lumber yard and home improvement center was formerly known as Samuel Heath Lumber Company of Trenton. As early as 1857 Samuel Heath and Joseph Richardson began buying and selling timber in Trenton. These two gentlemen would buy farms that contained a considerable amount of standing timber, cut it down, sell the logs to Trenton sawmills, dispose of the small trees for cordwood, and finally sell the farms after cleaning them for farming purposes.
In 1862 Richardson and Heath formed a retail partnership known as Richardson and Heath, manufacturers of lime and building materials on Stockton Street.
Eight years later, Richardson and Heath separated. Heath purchased the lumber yard of Joseph Bailey on Perry Street, Trenton. Over the years, Heath was joined by his sons, Frank, Charles, Howard, and Ray. As a result of the Pennsylvania Railroad purchasing the location of Heath Lumber, it was relocated to Holland Avenue.
In 1910 the Chamber of Commerce sponsored a contest for businesses to come up with a slogan that would tell the whole story of Trenton in one phrase. Out of 1,477 entries, Roy Heath won with his slogan “Trenton Makes the World Takes,” which today still proudly graces the “Trenton Makes” bridge.
Heath Lumber Company was instrumental in the building of some surrounding communities in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. During the Civil War, John A. Roebling contracted Heath Lumber for bricks to erect the Roebling plant in Trenton. Lumber was delivered by horse and wagon to Fort Dix for construction of barracks and other buildings. In addition, Heath Lumber originally supplied the lumber for the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Most recently they provided the Trex to build the boardwalk in Spring Lake.
In 1933 the company moved to its present site on North Olden Avenue in Ewing. Eighteen years later John Patricelli and Anthony Alach, both co-workers at Trenton Lumber, purchased Heath Lumber Company.
Over the years the showroom on Olden Avenue expanded. In 1987 Anthony Alach retired, leaving John Patricelli as sole owner of Heath Lumber Company.
Since John Patricelli’s death, his son Gary and family are carrying on with the same quality merchandise and personalized service, remembering that their customer comes first.
Today the company sits on four acres with a tremendous inventory of both lumber, millwork, building materials, paint, hardware, and tools.
It features five trucks that supply materials to the building trades, residential, commercial, institutional, and homeowners.
Heath proudly boasts a drive-through lumber shed to protect the product from weather conditions.
Heath is an Andersen Excellence Dealer and a distributor of Kolbe, Ideal, Larson, Craftmaster, Armstrong, and Velux, among a few.
Visitors to Heath Lumber will discover a large showroom where these items as well as many others are on display. Bring in your home project plans and let the company’s knowledgeable staff help. The staff will assist in setting up plans. Heath’s employees, whose many years of experience with being in close contact with the lumber industry, continue with the same excellent makes readily available to solve the needs of both contractor and homeowner alike. Customers frequently remark on the courteousness with which they are treated.
Inquire about charge or house accounts available for large projects like building a home or running a construction business.
The company is thankful to its many faithful customers who have made its growth and success possible.
Heath Lumber Company, 1580 North Olden Avenue (between Arctic and Princeton avenues), Ewing. Have your orders ready when you come in: call 609-392-1166, fax 609-396-8050, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or find them on Twitter or Facebook. For the latest sales visit www.heathlumber.com. See ad, page 12.