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Brothers Gerry and Korey Mortimer have taken over for their father and assumed ownership of four-unit Michigan dealer Mortimer Lumber.
Their father—Franklin “Chip” Mortimer II, whose own father and grandfather founded the company in 1945—is retiring. Chip joined the business in 1977, and was named president when his father retired in 1995 at age 90.
The brothers will split responsibilities, with Gerry concentrating more on operations and Korey on purchasing. They expect the transition to be seamless, since it has been in the works for three years.
Traditionally known for its lumberyards/hardware stores, the brother’s main change will be a greater focus on and reinvestment in the showrooms, with kitchen & bath, plumbing, electrical and more.
Mortimer Lumber employs a total of about 70 at its yards/design centers in Port Huron, Imlay City, Sandusky and Bad Axe, Mi.