Dambach to celebrate 60 years

3rd generation continues work

April 10, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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Jesse Magill, who founded Dambach Lumber 60 years ago, poses for a photo outside his store.

HARMONY — A small local business will celebrate its 60th anniversary this summer.

Dambach Lumber & Supply Co. has been a staple of the Harmony community since 1959, when Jesse Magill first opened its doors. Now, three generations have worked at this town fixture — with a fourth soon to follow.

Dave Magill, Jesse's son, is the current owner of Dambach, with his sons, Alex and Tyler, working alongside him.

“Being a local, independent lumberyard … We feel proud to be here in the community taking care of the community,” said Alex Magill, store manager.

Magill said there are plans to celebrate in the works, including a potential summer cookout since the anniversary “is technically in August.”

More than likely, he said, the business will spend a week celebrating its success, and the Magills already have T-shirts, sweatshirts and other commemorative pieces to mark its 60th anniversary.

Magill said he wants to make the celebration “more or less a customer appreciation thing.”

“Me personally, being the third generation, there's a lot of pride to go with that,” he said.

Dambach Lumber provides an assortment of tools, material and services to clients in need of everything from lumber mill services to building materials, interior doors, exterior doors, moldings, trims and decking.

Tyler, Alex and Dave Magill pose for a picture outside Dambach Lumber, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary this summer.

Over the years, the business has expanded its staff — three employees have worked there for 20 years — which has come to be considered family to the Magills.

“Sixty years is a long time,” Magill said. “People are very comfortable when they come here. They know when they come in that it's not a company where there's a CEO out of state, and the money stays in the community.”

Magill said he expects Tyler's three children to join the family business as they get older, and that the business's focus on community has been unwavering since its beginning.

“We know everybody by name, for the most part,” Magill said. “It's just a very wholesome feeling. It's a comfortable, relaxed environment.”

In a time with so many items available for next-day shipping and big companies trying to offer the lowest prices, Magill said the best way his family business can compete is with its service.

“Service is huge — we sell our service. Somebody comes in, we know what you're looking for, we help you find it. We know your name when you come in, too,” Magill said.

Magill said that the company's business consists of about 70 percent deliveries.

“We do the best we can with pricing,” he said, adding that it's a great business tool. “We're independent, one location, so you can do that.”

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