all about us
Our story began in the month of December 1978 when a contractor and a mason formed a partnership. That partnership developed between Tim Christian and Darrol Dowdy when they purchased Nichols Brothers Lumber Company from Gene and Bostch Nichols. Both Tim and Darrol, after having been in the construction business for many years, decided the time was right to form a new beginning. In their agreement, Tim continued in the construction of new homes and as a partner of the new business, while Darrol oversaw day-to-day operations. From a very humble beginning, they built a thriving business where they proudly provided quality products and consistent customer service to the Dexter community and surrounding areas.
In 1996, after nearly twenty years in business, the descision was made by Tim and Darrol to sell; however, in August 1998, the business was purchased and re-opened by Steve Christian, Tim's son. Darrol rejoined the company as an advisor employee and the business continued along the same path of providing quaility products and customer service. Febuary 2004 brought the sad and sudden passing of Darrol, an icon to the company. A strong Christian man, Darrol was an asset to the compnay, but most importanly, a family friend.
In 2015, as we moved forward, a vision to expand the business was born. In early 2016 remodel work began to help accomadate for the expansion and in June 2016, 'Equipment Rental' was added to the business. This move led to a rebradning of the company. After nearly forty years as ' Christian-Dowdy Lumber Company ' a decision was made to rebrand as ' Christian-Dowdy - Home│Hardeware │Rental ' to incorporate the new identity of our company.
Although much has changed in the last 39 years, we keep in mind that progress would not be made without our loyal past and present customers. With our experienced sales staff, we continue to strive to provide the same quality building materials and consistent customer service that was found here nearly forty years before.
Where friendly folks can still be found, we invite you stop by, have a fresh cup of coffee or bag of popcorn, and let us help you with your next new home or weekend project.