Our Story
Overhead Photo of Keim Lumber

Visit Us in
Charm, Ohio

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 more than 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, all the while retaining the qualities of hard work, dedication and honesty from the legacies left behind by Bill Keim, grandfather Roman Keim, and great-grandfather Mose Keim.

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

Front of Keim store

Keim Continues

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