Lumber business sold after 48 years

June 09, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

After 48 years of running a building supply business, some members of the Schaeffer family have decided they'd like to try something different.

So, the Schaeffer Lumber Co. -- on the corner of Green and Liberty streets in Westminster since 1946 -- changed hands this week, said part-owner David M. "Mac" Schaeffer.

William Furman, a former employee of Fullerton Supply Co. in Baltimore, took charge of the lumber business Tuesday.

"We are looking at some possible career changes," said Mr. Schaeffer, who runs the company with his brother, Lloyd, and his brother-in-law, Michael Bennett.

"There's no definite timetable," he said. "We'll be here for an indefinite time."

For Mac Schaeffer, the sale will allow him to complete a master's degree in special education from Western Maryland College.

"I'd like, eventually, to get into teaching," said Mr. Schaeffer, who earned his bachelor's degree from Gettysburg (Pa.) College in 1969.

His son, Daniel, a student at Western Maryland College, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most severe childhood form of the disease. Mr. Schaeffer's other son, Steven, died of the disease last year.

"The local system benefited my children very well," he said. "I found I'd like to give something back."

As for his relatives, Mr. Schaeffer said he was unsure what careers they plan to pursue after leaving the company his grandfather, Noah Schaeffer, started nearly a half-century ago.

But, despite the change in ownership, Schaeffer Lumber should continue the way it always has, he said.

"The Schaeffer family is helping them [the new owners] in the transition and will be on site to facilitate the changeover," Mr. Schaeffer said. "There will be no changes in the business, whatsoever."

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