From our order desk at Drayton, Ontario to your door, we give you our commitment to dependable, team-oriented service and quality products. For our customers in southern Ontario, we’re your neighbour – a local supplier that brings you the courtesy and service neighbours deserve.
In the summer of 1996, Rob Weber, now owner of Craftsmen, faced the life-altering experience of a spinal cord injury due to a tree cutting accident. After several months of rehab, he was offered the idea of selling hardwood lumber by a friend and business acquaintance, Murray Martin, of Mar-Span Home Building Center. Having noted a high concentration of woodworking shops in the southern Ontario region, Murray saw potential for the distribution of furniture grade lumber. Because Rob grew up in the rural Drayton community, it only seemed natural to establish the business close to home.
In October 1996, after meeting with a prospective supplier and some potential customers, Craftsmen opened its doors for business, with a plan to offer good, old-fashioned service and integrity. The business was operated by Rob and one part-time employee, as well as occasional help with accounting from Rob’s sister.
The first location was a 2,700 square foot Quonset hut on a narrow side road, with a very primitive yard. Over the years, Craftsmen has relocated, and twice more than doubled its warehouse size. Today, we have a 35,000 square foot humidity and temperature controlled warehouse in Drayton’s new Industrial Park, featuring a drive-through bay for loading our fleet of curtain-side delivery trucks, and for receiving all incoming shipments to ensure product remains in a dry environment.
Currently there are 17 full-time employees with the company. The employees are the heartbeat of the company – all the way from order desk and shipping/receiving to delivery.