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

President
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Les Krider

Les Krider

Corporate Sales Manager
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Scott Reed

Scott Reed

Corporate Controller
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Mike Lemon

Mike Lemon

Corporate Purchasing
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John Roy

John Roy

Manager
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Jeremy Hammel

Jeremy Hammel

Deliveries / Receiving
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Keith Pritchard

Keith Pritchard

Outside Sales
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Scott Finney

Scott Finney

Engineered Wood Products
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Chris Peters

Chris Peters

Cabinets
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Brad Arnold

Brad Arnold

Hardware / Tools
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Connor Reed

Connor Reed

Human Resources
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Chris Worrick

Chris Worrick

Accounts Payable
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Doug Baumert

Doug Baumert

Receiving
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David Early

David Early

Todd BIlls

Todd BIlls

Mark Burnworth

Mark Burnworth

Richard Studebaker

Richard Studebaker

Brad Timm

Brad Timm

Kirk Lude

Kirk Lude

Galen Johnson

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Tim Sheets

Tim Sheets

Joe Lude

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Jeff Morris

Jeff Morris

Manager
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Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy

Outside Sales
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Rod Henry

Rod Henry

Assistant Manager

Turner Morsches

Turner Morsches

Sales
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Tom Jennings

Tom Jennings

Sales

Jim Scher

Jim Scher

Sales

Sam Doughty

Sam Doughty

Sales

Jim Hahn

Jim Hahn

Deliveries

Kenny Muench

Kenny Muench

Deliveries


Meet The Goshen Team

Dan Graves

Dan Graves

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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

Receiving
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Brian Egick

Brian Egick

Inside Sales
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Stephanie McKenna

Stephanie McKenna

Van Lantz

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Chad Michen

Chad Michen

Chris Chupp

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Richie Zerber

Richie Zerber

Driver


Meet The Warsaw Team

Steve Lemmon

Steve Lemmon

Manager
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Tom Ness

Tom Ness

Assistant Manager
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Matt Miner

Matt Miner

Cabinets
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Tyler Ness

Tyler Ness

Outside Sales
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Ted Collins

Ted Collins

Tim Kolar

Tim Kolar

Ryan Krider

Ryan Krider

Mike Braddock

Mike Braddock

Gordon Shuler

Gordon Shuler

Rodney May

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John Yurkin

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Dalton Zellars

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Meet The Wabash Team

Greg Ness

Greg Ness

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

Jason Rose

Jason Rose

Taylin Halderman

Taylin Halderman

Michael Jones

Michael Jones

Matt Ryggs

Matt Ryggs

Jason Bozell

Jason Bozell

Scott O’Brien

Scott O’Brien


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