In 1939 the late Amandus D. Moyer purchased a wooden roller coaster at what was once known as the Sanatoga Amusement Park, near Pottstown, PA. He completely dismantled it and hauled the lumber back to his home in
Gilbertsville, PA. After selling nearly all of that lumber, he purchased an old coal cracker, dismantled and hauled it
back to Gilbertsville to sell as well. In 1940, he started selling new lumber and would soon take on building materials as well. In the mid 1950’s, his sons Francis and Donald joined him in the business and the company continued to prosper. A.D. Moyer Lumber soon became one of the leading lumber and building material suppliers of the Gilbertsville – Pottstown area, and still is today.
In July 1983, Francis and his son Gary purchased the old New Penn Trucking Company in Bethlehem P.A., and immediately began construction. The existing terminal was refurbished into a warehouse, and an 8,000 sq. ft. retail store was constructed in front of it.
April 4, 1984 was the Grand Opening for Moyer Lumber Bethlehem. This began an
entirely new business; separate from the original A.D. Moyer Lumber, and one that
Francis and Gary could call their very own. Business surged forward for the new store and within two years expansion was already being considered.
In 1986, it was clear that Moyer Lumber had grown out of its housing, so 2 acres of land was purchased behind the current property, on the hillside. Excavation began to widen the lower yard both East and South, and an access was made from the lower yard to the upper yard. Effectively, this soon became known as “The Hill”. At the same time a second warehouse was planned at the southern border of the lower yard.
1987 saw the completion of the 9,300 sq. ft. “New Warehouse”, as it so affectionately remains to be named, and is the main facility housing our extensive window and plywood inventory. It also manages to serve perfectly as a winter parking garage for all of our trucks – keeping them warm and ready for duty early every morning as business demands.
In Memory of Francis Karl Moyer
January 14, 1932 – July 13, 1997
In the early 1990’s Francis, being a big fan of his hometown baseball team, sponsored a little league team in the Freemansburg - Bethlehem Township Athletic Association, and continues even today! All the while, Moyer Lumber stayed its course – fighting tough new, and significantly larger, competition and continuing to emphasize the strong quality and service from which it was built upon.
1997 brought a dark and devastating year, as Francis finally lost his battle with cancer. All the stores closed for the day of his funeral, and hundreds of people came to pay tribute to the man who touched so many lives. The road was a little rocky as son Gary took the helm and steadied his leadership stance, but the business continued to evolve, grow and adjust. Soon enough business was pressing forward once again.
The Millennium introduced an addition of several new vehicles in Moyer’s delivery fleet. A few changes to our product line, and the very beginning of a whole new era of computer automated and electronically interactive business. The addition of a website has brought our knowledge and information closer to our customers, as we continue to strive for the very best in quality and service at a fair price.
2004 marked our 20th Year Anniversary, commemorated by a slew of events, one of which has become an annual offering: TOOL DAY – where customers can speak directly with factory reps, watch demonstrations, and see techniques for using various tools.
We thank all of our customers and the ever-growing Lehigh Valley community for its many years of promise and support. We look forward to serving you now and in the future as the area continues to grow and change.