Submitted by Ryan Upton from Johnson’s Lumber

(Photo by Pennie Lake/TCJ)


L.L Johnson Lumber in Charlotte, Michigan, has been a staple in the community for over a century, providing high-quality wood products to customers throughout the state. Founded in 1909 by Lauren Lewis Johnson, the company has remained family-owned and operated for four generations. Sherry Johnson-Guzy, Marketing Director, said of her great grandfather, “He was just known for being very honest and really taking care of his employees and customers.”

Over the years, L.L. Johnson Lumber has become known for its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. The company sources its wood from responsibly managed forests and uses cutting-edge technology to reduce waste and minimize its environmental impact. This allows the company to offer high-quality products. “Customers can trust when they’re making a fine piece of furniture, the lumber they’ve gotten from us is high quality.”

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, L.L. Johnson Lumber has continued to thrive, adapting to new safety protocols and meeting the increased demand for home improvement projects. The company has also continued to invest in its operations, recently upgrading its equipment and expanding its product line to better serve its customers.

Guzy also said, “Our company was considered necessary. So, we did not shut down. We found that a lot of people, if they lost their jobs, they would come in and buy woodworking equipment and start their own woodshop businesses. We stayed open during COVID and did fine.”

As L.L. Johnson Lumber approaches its 115th anniversary the company remains focused on its core values of quality, sustainability, and customer service. With a strong reputation and a bright future ahead, it is clear that this Michigan institution will continue to be a force in the lumber industry for years to come.