Three generations and three decades built on high standards, quality products, knowledgeable staff, and a “customer first” philosophy, is what the Niezen family is all about. This year the family is celebrating over 17 years since they opened the doors of their Guelph, ON location, Guelph Building Supply.
Bert Niezen, owner of Orangeville Building Supply, began the family business just over 29 years ago, when the local lumber yard where he was working was about to declare bankruptcy. Bert along with his wife (albeit with some reservations), took a massive leap of faith, purchased the lumber yard, and began working the operation back towards success. Bert worked hard to gain the confidence of suppliers, creating new relationships throughout the industry, and proving that his “do what you say you’re going to do” value is based on integrity and honesty.
So, Orangeville Building Supply was born, and has continued successfully in operation for over the past 30 years.
When it came time for the second generation to take on a leadership role, Chris Niezen, Bert’s son and owner of Guelph Building Supply, was ready to lead the business to the next level, implementing updated technology in both locations, ensuring customers can access product information and services in a timely and accurate manner. Chris and Bert will tell you that customer service remains their number one value, and is matched up by superior products, reputable suppliers, and an incredible staff. It’s a winning business model that allows both locations to maintain an elevated reputation throughout Dufferin/Wellington County and beyond.
Now the third generation has emerged, as Chris’s daughter Kaitlyn joined the team just a few years ago, and after studying and learning the industry, now provides the social media marketing component and carries forward the legacy of this family-owned business. Kaitlyn wears several hats in her role at the Guelph location and is sure to be a leader, much like her father, and her grandfather.
A significant advantage when dealing with either the Orangeville or the Guelph location is their working relationship with Timbermart, a large buying group enabling this family business to source high quality products, but at a cost-effective price point.
Here’s just a sample of the products and services offered at both Orangeville and Guelph Building Supply:
- Brampton Brick/Oaks Pavers
- Mulches & Aggregates
- Bella Turf (putting green kits & artificial turf)
- In-Lite Outdoor Lighting
- Kichler Lighting
- Milwaukee Tools
- Natural Stone Steps & Veneers
- Oakville Stone
- Banas Stone
- Pressure-treated Lumber
- Canyon Stone
- Drywall tools & supplies
- Level 5
And so much more!!!!!!
The Niezen family have worked hard to build a strong and solid reputation within the building, construction, and landscape professions. In addition, they have established a family legacy built on hard work, trust, integrity, and a “good customer service still matters” philosophy, one sure to be continued for generations to come.
Guelph Building Supply is located at 500 Maltby Road, East Guelph, ON (at the corner of Victoria Rd. S. and Maltby Rd) Orangeville Building Supply is located at 205164 County Rd 109, East Garafraxa, ON (old Hwy 9; East of Orangeville)
Written by: Kelli M. Maddocks