Our Story
Overhead Photo of Keim Lumber

About Us

Our fourth-generation, family-owned business began in 1911 as a rough lumber mill with just four employees. Today, we’ve grown to a 50-acre complex with more than 700,000 square feet of retail, office, warehouse, and millwork production space, with nearly 500 dedicated employees.  

Our goal is to build relationships, provide outstanding products and services, and ensure our customers always have a great experience working with us. We aim to do this while retaining the qualities of hard work, dedication and honesty from the legacies left behind by Robbie Keim, Eric Schlabach, Eva Keim, Bill Keim, grandfather Roman Keim, and great-grandfather Mose Keim.

 Our Values 

 Our History 

Our Vision, Mission, and Values  

Our Vision:

To lead and inspire others to fulfill their dreams and goals.  

This is our vision for both employees and customers. For our employees, it means creating a work environment that supports their personal and professional growth. For customers, it means helping to build your dream home, or simply helping to fix a leaky faucet.  

Our Mission:

To provide exceptional service to our co-workers, customers, and community while honoring our Creator.  

Our Values:  

  • Christ-like servant leadership.  

  • Uncompromising quality.  

  • Building relationships.  

 

Keim Local Express Delivery Service

Community Business, a strategy and way of life 

At Keim, we aim to be a “Community Business.” This means that we champion three things: 

Community
Local Businesses
Creation Care

Community Businesses have several characteristics:

  1. Built on trust. Just like our tagline says.  
  2. Community members listen deeply and work together. Together, community members share more information, get more feedback, and make decisions as a group.
  3. Built around the unique gifts of their members. Keim is committed to training and developing skills within its employees and community.  
  4. Uses contracts, but also covenants. In a covenant, members don't necessarily expect something in return like one does with a contract. Covenantal relationships lead to reliance on each other, which is a hallmark of true community.  
  5. Focuses on care for God’s creation. Community Businesses work to develop their energy and food locally, as well as to eliminate and recycle their own waste.  
  6. Focuses on local culture and economy. We invest in and work collectively to provide markets for locally-produced products and enable local entrepreneurs to have access to markets that would not otherwise be available to them.  We also care for our employees’ families by developing policies and practices that give our employees time to spend with family and community activities.* 

*For example, people often wonder about our unusual hours for a home center (closing at 4:30 PM Tuesday – Friday and noon on Saturdays).  At Keim, family dinners and community activities are important to our community and a foundation of home life. Closing our doors at these times allows our employees to be at home for dinner or attend local events. 
 

Our History

1911

Keim Lumber

Keim Began

Keim began as a small sawmill called Keim Brothers, started by Mose J. Keim and his brother, John. (The original mill still sits at the bottom of the hill by State Route 557 in Charm, Ohio.)

1930's

Keim Lumber 1920s

Second Generation

Mose’s son Roman Keim started working with his father and uncle, and the name changed to M. J. Keim and Son.

1940's
&
1950's

1960 Keim Building

Business Expanded

The business expanded to include a dry kiln, hardwood flooring, plywood, an office, and a building hardware store.

1960's

Keim Lumber 1966

Third Generation

Roman’s son, Bill Keim, started working with his father, and the name changed to Keim Lumber Company.

1974

The Bargain Nook

Store Relocation

The original store moved up on the hill, occupying the space known as the Bargain Nook in the current store.

1985

Keim Store 1987

Store Expansion 

The store expanded to 30,000 square feet of showroom, with the current front building being added.

1993

Robbie Keim

Fourth Generation

Bill’s son Robbie Keim started working with his father as the company continued to grow.

2007

White arch commemorating Keim Lumber's founding year as well as the year the new showroom opened.

Store Expanded

Keim Lumber expanded to the current 125,000 square foot showroom.

2010

Eric_Robbie_Bill

CONTINUED GROWTH

Bill's stepson, Eric Slabach, joined the company.

2011

Keim 100 years

100 Years

Keim Lumber celebrated 100 years in business.

2019

Jim Smucker Keim President

New Keim President

Jim Smucker is selected as the first 
non-family member to serve as 
Keim president. 

2020

Keim Gable

Keim Continues

Keim Lumber rebrands as Keim, and continues to create exceptional experiences for its co-workers, customers, and community just as it has for more than 100 years.