J & L Building Materials Inc.

By: Bubbajunk.com

J & L Building Materials Inc was started in 1958. Jack Barnes and Lou Moretzsohn formed a partnership and opened a business to sell some roofing. From last 40 years that idea has blossomed into a 6 location company that distributes not only roofing, but siding, decking, widows, kitchens, doors, insulation and many other products for the professional builder, installer and remodeled.

The company first location was on Sidgley Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Jack and Lou traded under the name of Tustin & Howard Inc., as there was a third partner by the name of Ben Howard. In 1960 they opened a branch location on Broad Street Malvern, PA. In 1961, they parted company with Howard and changed the name of their business to J&L building Materials, Inc. In the transaction, they left Philadelphia location to their former partner.

In 1960 they opened next location, when the Chester yard was opened. In 1970, the Chester location was closed and moved to Glen Mills. In February 2000 the Glen Mills location was moved to Concord Ville, The next development came in 1973 when the Collegeville location was opened. In 1984 the Frazer location was purchased and opened for business in the summer of 1985, and the Malvern location was sold. With over 50,000-sq. ft. of storage under roof, Frazer was to become the standard by which facilities are judge.

In 1991, the succession plan was put into motion and David Moretzsohn, LouÂâ€Ã¢„¢s oldest son became President of J&L, and David Barnes, and JackÂâ€Ã¢„¢s youngest son became executive V.P. In 1988 brought with it an opportunity to expand to the west and property was acquired in Landisville and the location was opened by August of that year.

The move quadrupled the amount of storage under the roof to 28,000 sq. ft. It also afforded the opportunity to open yet another modern showroom for which J&L has become so well known. The move to Norristown, and opportunity presented itself in Delaware to acquire an existing distributor by the name of Buckeye Supply. In January of 1992, Buckeye Supply became J&LÂâ€Ã¢„¢s fifth location.

In 1997 their Douglassville location was opened and became their 6th location. J & L Building Materials, Inc. stocks everything a contractor needs for every type of home building, re-modeling, or repair project.