Renowned chefs John and Mark Fingerle prepare burgers and hotdogs for a crowd at the 2008 Summer Sizzler.
Every year on the first Friday in June, we invite all of our customers to join us for lunch to thank you for your loyal business. This event is known as the “Summer Sizzler.”
Each year at our Summer Sizzler, we have over 20 vendors on hand to introduce customers to the latest and greatest products.
The Summer Sizzler is held on the first Friday in June every year.
2017 marked the seventeenth year that FLC hosted the Summer Sizzler.
An Andersen® Windows & Doors representative was on hand to answer customers’ questions at our 2008 Summer Sizzler.
Vendors representing everything from fasteners to shingles to cabinetry to decking display their wares at the Summer Sizzler every year.
Over 400 customers enjoy a bite to eat and glean product information each year at our Summer Sizzler.

About Fingerle

Employment

We work hard and believe we should have fun while doing so! We're always interested in hearing from persons interested in the possibility of employment with us. The vast majority of our employees are full time, have consistent schedules, and receive benefits.

We are currently seeking people for these positions:

Counter Sales in our Sales Center

Our salespeople sell our wide range of lumber, millwork and related products to contractors and do-it-yourselfers. They help customers determine which products they need in order to complete their projects on-time and on-budget. Our customers appreciae this type of assistance. Providing it is very satisfying!

Just about any sales experience and/or construction experience is helpful, but not necessary. We will provide on the job training on our products and procedures. A willingness to learn is important. A friendly and outgoing demeanor is a must! 

Kitchen/Bath Sales & Design in our Product Showcase

We sell kitchen and bath cabinets and counters. Our kitchen/bath salespeople help our customers by designing the configuration of the cabinets in their kitchen or bathroom. Backgrounds in sales, architecture, and interior design would help one succeed in this role. However, good listening skiills and a desire to help are the most important attributes this position requires. Our cabinet suppliers provide training on their product lines. Fingerle Lumber Co. can provide on-the job-training on our procedures and on kitchen and bath design. 

Special Services Salesperson

These pros sell to contractors of all types and do-it-yourselfers who are handling their own large building projects. They meet with customers on their job sites. They prospect for new customers. Previous sales or construction experience are prerequisites for this position. If you lack this, but think you would like to aspire to this role, consider a counter sales position with us. Many of our people in this role began their Fingerle careers as a counter salesperson. We have a long history of promoting from within!

Lumberyard Employee

Those in this position wait on customers in our yard and load material into their vehicles. They put away and straighten-up material. They help with deliveries to our customers and receive material from our suppliers.

Many of the items we sell are heavy so it is important to be able to lift more than 80 pounds. Applicants for this job must have basic mathematical skills and great people skills. The members of our yard staff are among our best ambassadors!

Trim Speciaist

Sells interior doors, mouldings, fireplace mantels, door hardware, stair railing and other millwork. Assists contractors, their customers, and homeowners with their selections. Meets with them at their jobsites and in our Product Showcase showroom. Applicants should have previous experience in this type of work or extensive finish carpentry experience. Good writing skills and the ability to grasp meticulous details are critically important.

Pay & Benefits for Full Time Employees

  • Competitive pay.
  • Company funded Blue Care Network health insurance.
  • 401(k) retirement plan.
  • Paid vacation.
  • Paid time off for personal business.
  • Banked days program to provide pay during certain extended absences.
  • Free parking on our premises.
  • Generous discounts on the products we sell. 

 Click here to obtain an Application For Employment. to obtain an application. Please print and complete it. Submit it with your resume if you have one. You may submit it by mail to: Human Resources Department, Fingerle Lumber Co., 617 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2905; by fax 734 741-7794 to the attention of the Human Resources Department; or by email to information@fingerlelumber.com, or by dropping it off at our office. Or stop by and complete an application!

Our History

We have been in business in Ann Arbor since 1931. Founder Earle C. Fingerle (current owners John, Larry, and Mark Fingerle’s grandfather) began the business in a small, modest office which was located at 715 S. Fifth Ave. This office and the original shed were razed in 1966 to make way for new construction. As a full-service retail operation, the business grew steadily through the depression years of the thirties. In 1936, a modern new office and showroom were erected at 617 S. Fifth Ave. Shortly after, Earle’s brother-in-law Dick Hollister joined the company.

As the business continued to grow through the war years of the forties, many new storage buildings were constructed. During the early 1950’s, the company acquired several parcels of adjacent property which allowed for additional expansion. The Wholesale Division and Cash-Way Division were created during this era. Earle’s sons Brian and Colin, who had worked at the company in various capacities since childhood, began working full time following their service in the U.S. Army. Almost immediately after his stint in the army, Brian ran Arbor City Lumber Co. on Ashley St. as both a competitor and wholly owned subsidiary of FLC (Arbor City was formerly Gill Lumber Co.).

In the fall of 1966, the company embarked on a yearlong building program which replaced many antiquated sheds with new, more efficient storage buildings. The Full Service Division showroom, which had been in use for thirty years, was converted into additional office space and replaced by an up-to-date new showroom of three times the old square footage. In the same year, Earle Fingerle retired and Dick Hollister became president. Also in 1966, Arbor City Lumber Co. was closed and its operations and employees were merged into Fingerle Lumber Co.

Dick Hollister retired and Colin Fingerle became president in 1972. Five years later, sheds 31 and 32 (currently known as 3 and 4) were rebuilt after being destroyed in a fire on June 20th. The new, more efficient shed complex was fully stocked and operational before year’s end. Colin Fingerle retired three years later in 1980 and Brian Fingerle became president. In 1986, we acquired the real estate formerly occupied by Rohde Brick and Supply, located at 202 E. Madison St. Following some modifications, the office, warehouse, and outdoor storage space were put into use that year.

John, Larry, and Mark purchased the business and John Fingerle became president in 1991. In 1995, the Cash-Way and Full Service sales staffs were combined in the Full Service building on Fifth Ave., now known as the Sales Center. This facility became our only “store.” The Sales Center was modified to handle a larger sales force, and continues to offer the same variety of sales-types as was previously the case. The kitchen department remained in the former Cash-Way building, which was transformed into a millwork, hardware, and kitchen showroom. This showroom, the Fingerle Product Showcase, provides the space to display more of the newest and most exciting products the industry has to offer in a quiet, comfortable environment.

We have grown over the years for many definite reasons. The basic concepts that nourished the company in its early years are just as valid today as they were then. We are aggressive for new business as well as maintaining and expanding that which we already have. We realize that nobody has to buy from us, and many good prospects won’t unless we actively solicit their business and treat them fairly and in the same manner in which we would wish to be treated.

We Support Our Community

Organizations to whom we have supplied support include:

  • 826 Michigan's Mittenfest
  • Ann Arbor Community Center
  • Ann Arbor Community High School Communicator
  • Ann Arbor Open School
  • Ann Arbor Student Buildng Program
  • Ann Arbor Youth Chorale
  • Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Community Service Projects
  • Burns Park Elementary School
  • Dawn Farms
  • Dexter High School Swimming Team
  • Dicken Elementary School
  • Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
  • Haisley Elementary School
  • Lakewood Elementary School
  • Lawton Elementary School
  • Magic of Christmas
  • Michigan Ability Partners
  • The Neutral Zone
  • Pioneer High School
  • Pittsfield Elementary School
  • Rotary Club of Ann Arbor
  • Rudolf Steiner School
  • Safe House Center
  • Salvation Army Staples Family Center
  • Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
  • SOS Community Services
  • Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Washtenaw Community College Construction Technology Department
  • Washtenaw Community College Foundation