History of The
Turkstra Lumber Company

65 years, 3 generations, and now over 250 employees. We’re not only a family owned company but also a company wide family.

Peter Turkstra Senior - Founder of The Turkstra Lumber Company

Peter Turkstra Senior

Sixty-five years ago, an intrepid and hardworking Dutch immigrant realized his dream of opening a lumberyard in the industrial heartland of southern Ontario. Guided by faith and ambition, Peter Turkstra founded Turkstra Lumber upon a set of core personal values. These values continue to guide those of us who work at Turkstra, especially our commitment to “build our future based on traditional values.”

What does this mean?
It means we pride ourselves on delivering quality products and world-class service with integrity and respect. It means we stand behind our products and servicesThe History of The Turkstra Lumber Company and ensure we support our employees, customers, suppliers and the communities we serve.

This is no idle commitment. It requires a level of dedication to doing business in an intentional and deliberate way.  There is strength in our history. Our founder left a strong impression on the character and reputation of our company that still resonates two generations later. We believe our sixty-fifth anniversary in business is not only a time of celebration, but an opportunity to reflect on how we got to where we are today, so we can better navigate present challenges and the future road ahead. Always on the Level is the story of one immigrant family business and its impact on the local community.

The book is based on family memoirs, records, memorabilia and a series of interviews conducted with the Turkstra family and Turkstra Lumber’s leaders, employees and longtime customers. It is an account of Dutch immigration and settlement in mid-twentieth century Canada; a corporate history of how one lumberyard expanded into multiple industries and eleven branches; and a story of community development and philanthropy.

Some Historical Dates


Peter Sr. arrives in Burlington, Ontario with brother Hessel and sister Joujke


Turkstra Construction established


Peter Sr. secures loan to start his own lumberyard


Wentworth Street location in downtown Hamilton opens


Waterdown location opens


Stoney Creek lumberyard opens


Smithville location opens


Brantford location & The Mill opens


Turkstra Trusses opens


J.R.’s Hardware opens


Dunnville location opens
Fairfield Windows acquired; later becomes Turkstra Windows


Ridgeway & Fort Erie locations acquired


Carl Turkstra becomes President


Dundas location opens


Peter Turkstra joins business


Niagara Falls location opens


Cambridge location acquired


Turkstra Trim & Doors opens


Simcoe & Woodstock locations open


Lawson Lumber acquired


Turkstra Design Centre established in Stoney Creek location


Turkstra Lumber named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies


Turkstra Lumber publishes Always on the Level to celebrate 65 years in business

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