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Providing local, reliable service to the community of Modesto


We are a vibrant business, in the heart of Modesto California, offering the best materials for the building industry. Our formula for success, for over 100 years, has been to serve our customers with efficiency and charm. We keep up to date on industry trends and share our expertise with local building contractors, architects, engineers, maintenance crews and DIY guys & gals. Our staff are factory trained by our leading product manufacturers. We are purchasing experts, in a retail business, with building industry knowledge and products.

construction crew cutting wood on table saw


Hear What Our Customers

Have To Say

Best part, I was recommended by a Home Depot employee to go the American lumber. I cannot say enough. Thank you so so much.


I love this place,  the environment, and the people that work here they're awesome friendly and concerned about their customers.


Amazing place with amazing products and great folks who are ready to help.


historic Modesto

A Piece of
Modesto History

William R. Mensinger started American Lumber Company in 1923. He was a first generation American, his father immigrated to Iowa in 1850 from Schleswig. He came to California around 1900 and was impressed with its potential. He became a farmer, rancher, and real estate developer. He opened Modesto's first theatre. After it burnt down he opened Modesto's second theatre. This brick building still stands on Tenth Street in Modesto. 

American Lumber Company was built at 9th and M Street in downtown Modesto and remains at that location. In the 1970's American Lumber Company added a hardware store to its facilities. In the early 1990's American Lumber Company began selling high quality wood, windows, and patio doors from Andersen, Marvin, and JELD-WEN. The Company is also a certified dealer for Milgard Vinyl windows and has an extensive door and window showroom. 

Since 1923 American Lumber Company has been owned and operated by members of the Mensinger family. The current President, John B. Mensinger is the grandson of William R. Mensinger, and has been working at American Lumber Company since 1986.

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