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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Scott Reed

Scott Reed

Chief Financial Officer
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Chris Peters

Chris Peters

Corporate Sales Manager & 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

Assistant Manager
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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

Richard Studebaker

Richard Studebaker

Driver

Brad Timm

Brad Timm

Yard Foreman

Galen Johnson

Galen Johnson

Transfer Driver

Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy

EWP Estimating
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Steve Lemmon

Steve Lemmon

Purchasing Director
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Dave Deckard

Dave Deckard

Estimating
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Craig Studemaker

Craig Studemaker

Driver

Annie Morsches

Annie Morsches

Marketing Director
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Meet Our Huntington Team

Jeff Morris

Jeff Morris

Yard Manager
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Turner Morsches

Turner Morsches

Assistant Manager
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Jim Scher

Jim Scher

Sales

Jim Hahn

Jim Hahn

Driver

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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Steve Detamore

Steve Detamore

Yard Foreman
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Brian Egick

Brian Egick

Sales
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Van Lantz

Van Lantz

Driver

Isaiah Mossell

Isaiah Mossell

Driver


Meet The Warsaw Team

Tom Ness

Tom Ness

Yard 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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Ryan Krider

Ryan Krider

Assistant Manager
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Mike Braddock

Mike Braddock

Sales

John Yurkin

John Yurkin

Sales

Wesley Shuler

Wesley Shuler

Driver

Ruby French

Ruby French

Gordan Shuler

Gordan Shuler

Driver


Meet The Wabash Team

Greg Ness

Greg Ness

Yard 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

Matt Ryggs

Matt Ryggs

Assistant Manager
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Scott O’Brien

Scott O’Brien

Driver

Jeff Guenin

Jeff Guenin

Driver


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Builders Mart a good place to work and have a career?

We pride ourselves on the quality and professionalism of our staff. We have many opportunities for lifelong careers in a wide variety of jobs. Our business is one that you can start in straight out of high school and make a very successful career in. We are very proud of many on the Builders Mart team who have retired after working here for 40-50 years.

What makes Builders Mart stand apart from the competition?

We strive to keep the finest quality building materials anywhere. We don’t try to be the cheapest, just the best value to truly get what you pay for. In addition to a focus on quality, the level of professionalism and service you receive from our staff is unmatched.

How long have you been a family business?

We are a 5th generation locally owned business that has been active in our community since 1871.

How do you support your local communities?

We are active supporters of many community projects. We support local schools and athletic teams, 4H, local parks and government programs in addition to dozens of local non-profits. We are strong and generous partners with our communities because we also live and do business with them as well.

Do you stock deck materials?

We keep the largest inventory of composite decking & railing materials in Northern Indiana.

Do you have specialists on staff to help and advise my project?

We have someone to help with everything from helping to design floor and roof loads to cabinet layouts. We also have estimators on staff to assist in helping you choose the right products to keep you in budget.

Do you supply materials for pole barns?

We have everything you would need from posts, windows and doors to metal roofing and siding.

What range of building materials do you stock?

We have everything you would need from the foundation to the finishing stage for building a new home or addition.

Do your locations offer delivery?

We have a fleet of over 50 vehicles offering services such as rooftop shingle delivery and boom truck drywall service. We also have spider forklifts we bring with our deliveries to distribute materials more efficiently on your jobsite. In most cases the service is free on orders of over $1000.


To learn more about our building materials, products and brands, or services, please fill out our contact form or call one of our five locations today. A friendly staff member will be happy to assist you, and answer any questions you may have.