New business spotlight on Wellsboro Lumber Co.

WELLSBORO – The Wellsboro Lumber Co., 34 Fellows Ave., is a true family affair for owner Russ Gile.

His mother Diane Kennedy and step-father Fred Kennedy help out regularly and two of his children, Bethany, 17 and Wyatt, 14, each assist one day a week.

Located in the former Seal’s Lumber building behind the train depot on Charleston Street, Gile said it may be difficult to find at first, but easily visible signs point the way.

Gile, 44, said he decided to start the business following more than a decade of working for the former Patterson’s Lumber Co., which became Kennedy’s and then went out of business last year.

Inside the building is hardware, caulk, plumbing supplies, trim boards and molding, copper fittings and other basic hardware items.

Outside in two other buildings Gile houses his lumber and sheet rock.

Though his main sales building is too small to stock everything that is available through his many vendors, Gile said he has access to anything a customer could want and that he does a lot of special orders of doors, windows, siding and other specialty building items.

Gile said to compete with the big box stores, he is trying to keep his prices low, with a pound of sheet rock screws selling for $3.

Prices for some of the better lumber, such as a 2 by 12 by 20 foot board run as high as $29.49.

For more information, contact Wellsboro Lumber Co. at 724-8890.