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National Lumber Company Celebrates 100 Years in Baltimore City

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Serving the Baltimore Building Community for One Century
This year the National Lumber Company celebrates 100 years of serving the Baltimore building and construction community. Originally founded in 1919 in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood by Russian immigrant Alexander Fruman– the business met the growing need for custom-made window and door sashes. The first three employees, Alexander and his sons Isadore and Phillip Fruman, set up shop in East Baltimore and the business hasn’t left the area or changed ownership since. The current ownership of Arnold, Neal and Kevin Fruman represent the business’s fifth generation of family ownership.
Now specializing in building materials, custom kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, specialty doors and windows and outdoor materials; the business is in the midst of an exciting renovation to update the exterior and indoor facility of their 4901 Pulaski Highway location. National Lumber Company is hosting an open house 100-year celebration at their newly-renovated location on Friday, October 4th from 1-4pm. The event will bring the National Lumber team, vendors and customers together to celebrate one century of growth and success.
“We’re so honored to have been a cornerstone of the Baltimore building community for so long,” says Principal and 4th generation owner Arnold Fruman. “We owe our successes and longevity to the communities, contractors and customers that we serve. Our business has evolved into something very special—we are more than just lumber. We are a premier distributor of the industry’s top brands and our kitchen, bath and window showrooms rival any other selections in the region. We are excited to continue to be a part of the area’s building and construction landscape and to grow with the city that has been so good to us for 100 years. Our saying is, ‘your great-grandad was a satisfied customer,’ we believe you will be too.”
The National Lumber Company was recently recognized as an honoree alongside ten other area businesses by the Baltimore Business Journal during the Family Owned Business Awards. The story of the Fruman family was also featured by the Baltimore Heritage organization.
About National Lumber Company: The National Lumber Company is a building material supplier, retail store, and kitchen, bathroom, window and door design center. The business has thrived in East Baltimore for 100 years and has served tens of thousands of customers throughout the last century. National Lumber provides the DMV region with the industry’s top products including Marvin Windows and Doors, Echelon Cabinetry, Trex Composite decking and more. Contact our team to get started on your next project, whether it be a home remodel, a new build, a large scale construction project, or anything else.

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Kitchen DEsigner

Laura brings 18 years of experience to our kitchen design team. She helps customers build exceptional kitchen spaces down to the finest details. 

Every client has unique needs, and Laura enjoys the puzzle of figuring out how to fulfill them. She combines her technical abilities with her background in interior design to balance functionality and beauty.

She listens to her clients to help them narrow down their choices and presents a curated selection to make the process less overwhelming. Laura finds creative solutions to check off their wish list while keeping them on budget.

Her personal favorite design trend is a transitional style with a hint of traditional details. She loves the mix of painted colors and the textures and variations of natural woods. However, the best
part of her job is the opportunity to work in every design style
and come up with different combinations of styles, materials,
and finishes executing her client’s unique vision.

Personally, she loves everything involving water- the ocean, pools, boating, and long baths.
She also enjoys anything with a story- books, movies, shows, etc.
Her newest hobby is attempting to have as much fun cooking as she does exploring new restaurants.

Kitchen DEsigner

With over 15 years of experience, LindaRose brings deep knowledge of how to achieve beautiful kitchen designs at the right price. 

For LindaRose, listening to a client’s needs is paramount to achieving a great design. Creativity is key to kitchen design, requiring out-of-the-box thinking to achieve an excellent final product. 

Some of her favorite design trends she introduces to clients include transitional, clean lines, and dark islands with light perimeters. 

Before entering the world of kitchen design, she spent 20 years in theatre as a singer and actor, working in notable local theatres like Round House and Everyman.

In her free time, she enjoys other creative endeavors such as working with textiles including quilting, embroidery, and weaving. 

Kitchen DEsigner

Rick Bechtel is an industry expert with 7+ years as a kitchen designer. He brings unique insights to design thanks to his 15 years as a carpenter and contractor.

Rick believes in the importance of listening to the needs of the clients he works with. Utilizing his experience s a carpenter and contractor, he strives to make every layout as economical as possible through wise cabinet selection. 

Rick makes informed suggestions for products or features that can improve the cooking experience. He’s an expert in taking the dream items clients identify online or in showrooms and introducing options that better fit their design needs and are less cost prohibitive.

As a designer, he’s an expert on contemporary or transitional styles, light colors, and wood accents. 

Rick is passionate about woodworking and contracting but transitioned his career to spend more time with his children. He enjoys projects around his (or his children’s) house, and weekend trips with his wife.