The History of Morsches Builders Mart

Committed To Excellence Since 1871

Morsches Builders Mart is descended from the lumber business of Simon Jack Peabody, a major benefactor of Columbia City. Simon was born in Noble County in 1851. In the late 1880s, Ferdinand F. Morsches began working as a laborer at Peabody’s company. The son of a German immigrant brewer and baker, he rose to become manager of the company’s three mills, which by 1907 employed sixty-five men, including teamsters, timber cutters, and miscellaneous laborers. Morsches later became vice president under Peabody.

After Peabody’s death in 1933, the mill became the Morsches-Nowels Lumber Company. It continued to manufacture all types of northern Indiana hardwood, producing between seven and 10 million feet annually and employing approximately 125 workers by 1940. Ferdinand Morsches was president of the firm, J. H. Morsches, vice president, and A. S. Nowels, secretary. The Morsches family later gained full ownership of the company. The Morsches Lumber Company eventually became exclusively a retail lumberyard beginning in the 1960s becoming Morsches Builders Mart. Four generations of the Morsches family operated the plant; Paul Morsches, Sr., was followed as president by his son, Paul, Jr., and later by Franz.


Meet Our Columbia City Team

Franz Morsches

Franz Morsches

Owner & CEO
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Les Krider

Les Krider

Corporate Sales Manager
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Scott Reed

Scott Reed

Chief Financial Officer
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Mike Lemon

Mike Lemon

Purchasing Director
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Chris Peters

Chris Peters

Yard Manager
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Jeremy Hammel

Jeremy Hammel

Operations Manager
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Keith Pritchard

Keith Pritchard

Outside Sales
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Scott Finney

Scott Finney

EWP Manager
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Brad Arnold

Brad Arnold

Hardware & Delivery Coordinator
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Connor Reed

Connor Reed

Accounting & Human Resources
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Chris Worrick

Chris Worrick

Accounts Payable
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Doug Baumert

Doug Baumert

Sales & Receiving
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Todd Bills

Todd Bills

Driver

Mark Burnworth

Mark Burnworth

Sales

Richard Studebaker

Richard Studebaker

Driver

Brad Timm

Brad Timm

Yard Foreman

Kirk Lude

Kirk Lude

Driver

Galen Johnson

Galen Johnson

Transfer Driver

Joe Lude

Joe Lude

Sales

Mark Weigold

Mark Weigold

Yard Employee

Sherri Bates

Sherri Bates

Sales

Ryder Sroufe

Ryder Sroufe

Yard Employee

Dave Deckard

Dave Deckard

Estimating

Daniel Davison

Daniel Davison

Sales

Craig Studemaker

Craig Studemaker

Driver

Annie Morsches

Annie Morsches

Marketing Director

Jacob Collett

Jacob Collett

Driver


Meet Our Huntington Team

Jeff Morris

Jeff Morris

Yard Manager
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Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy

Outside Sales
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Turner Morsches

Turner Morsches

Assistant Manager
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Tom Jennings

Tom Jennings

Sales

Jim Scher

Jim Scher

Sales

Jim Hahn

Jim Hahn

Driver

David Koedel

David Koedel

Sales

Matthew Hahn

Matthew Hahn

Yard Employee

Roger Hahn

Roger Hahn

Driver


Meet The Goshen Team

Dan Graves

Dan Graves

Yard Manager
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Ryan Holke

Ryan Holke

Assistant Manager
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Jeff Burkhart

Jeff Burkhart

Outside Sales
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Steve Detamore

Steve Detamore

Yard Foreman
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Brian Egick

Brian Egick

Sales
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Van Lantz

Van Lantz

Driver

Leroy Edwards

Leroy Edwards

Driver

Brandon Potts

Brandon Potts

Driver

Isaiah Mossell

Isaiah Mossell

Driver


Meet The Warsaw Team

Steve Lemmon

Steve Lemmon

Yard Manager
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Tom Ness

Tom Ness

Assistant Manager
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Matt Miner

Matt Miner

Sales & Cabinets
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Tyler Ness

Tyler Ness

Outside Sales
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Tim Kolar

Tim Kolar

Sales

Ryan Krider

Ryan Krider

Yard Foreman

Mike Braddock

Mike Braddock

Sales

John Yurkin

John Yurkin

Sales

Wesley Shuler

Wesley Shuler

Driver

Tom See

Tom See

Yard Employee

Mike Thurston

Mike Thurston

Sales

Mike McGuire

Mike McGuire

Sales

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Driver

Ruby French

Ruby French

Dekota Jones

Dekota Jones

Yard Employee

Gordan Shuler

Gordan Shuler

Driver


Meet The Wabash Team

Greg Ness

Greg Ness

Yard Manager
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Bill Hamilton

Bill Hamilton

Assistant Manager
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Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Hardware / Tools
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Nancy Butgereit

Nancy Butgereit

Bookkeeper
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Tim Ness

Tim Ness

Sales

Jason Rose

Jason Rose

Yard Foreman

Taylin Halderman

Taylin Halderman

Sales

Matt Ryggs

Matt Ryggs

Sales & Estimating

Scott O’Brien

Scott O’Brien

Driver

Tyler Branham

Tyler Branham

Driver

Jeff Guenin

Jeff Guenin

Driver


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