Drexel History

Drexel Mission:  Supply. Happiness.

We are a building company on a mission to change the lives of those we touch - our community, our vendors partners, our team members, and our customers.  

Supply. Happiness. is our passion; we are kind of freaks that way!! 

The fuel to our success starts with our team, we all live out our Drexel 10 core values each day.

Drexel History

In a younger day, Albert Fleischman traveled the Midwest working in the pole building industry. From a strong farming background, Albert possessed the drive and determination needed to succeed.  Born of hard work, Albert's dream of owning his own business grew strong and undeniable as time went on. But not just any business...building was his passion and like any determined person, Albert’s passion was bound to meet with opportunity.

In 1985 Albert saw his chance. During a deep building recession, the Brittingham & Hixton Lumberyard in Campbellsport, Wisconsin closed its doors after 75 years in business.

The very location has now been a lumberyard under 4 different owners over the last 100 years.

  • Ernest F Martin established the lumberyard in 1875 after purchasing the land from Henry B Martin Real Estate.
  • November 18th 1901 Brittingham and Hixton Lumber Co. Purchased it and Peter Schlaefer became manager of the yard.
  • April 1985 Albert Fleischman purchased the yard from Brittingham ans Hixon Lumber Co. and established Campbellsport Building Supply
  • In 2012 Albert's son Joel Fleischman became sole owner and re-branded the company Drexel Building Supply

Soooo, in 1985 - Campbellsport Building Supply was born on this historic site and stressed a focus on contractor sales. CBS made its debut with 4 team members. Among them, Albert’s wife, Joan, who handled accounts payable, answered phones and served as the eyes and ears of the office and financial operations.

The Fleischman’s son Joel joined the company in 1996. A college graduate, Joel began at the bottom, making one dollar an hour cleaning and stocking nails. (If you ask him, Joel is proud to point out he now makes nearly double that). Joel transitioned into a co-owner, and brought his own vision to the company creating additional growth and building a strong fountain for a Team Blue culture.

Over the next several years, two acquisitions added to the growing Campbellsport Buildings Supply presence and enhanced the company’s buying power.

Berlin Building Supply was acquired in 1999 – formally Four Mile Lumber

Kiel Building Supply was acquired in 2004 – formally A.A. Laun Lumber Company

Late in 2009 a new opportunity surfaced and Campbellsport Building Supply acquired its 4th location Drexel Incorporated, a flooring showroom in Brookfield, a suburb of Milwaukee. Joel and Albert saw the opportunity to increase market share in Milwaukee by establishing a local team as an extension of the Campbellsport lumberyard, in addition to adding flooring to the company’s portfolio of product offerings.

In 2012, Joel became the sole owner of all 4 locations and with any growing company the need to unify under one name became apparent. The name Drexel carried deep roots in Southeast Wisconsin, as it was an established brand for over 40 years. In 2013, after extensive consideration all 4 locations rebranded to Drexel Building Supply.

In 2014, to fulfill the growing demand for building supplies in the Fox Valley and Green Bay markets, Drexel acquired its 5th location in Wrightstown.

The Drexel Wrightstown location is set up to operate identical to the other 3 lumberyard models already established in Campbellsport, Berlin, & Kiel.

Additionally, 2014 brought the closing of Richardson Lumber in Sheboygan Falls. Drexel acquired the assets of Richardson, and opened a Design Studio in Sheboygan Falls which offers designs services and a selection center for Sheboygan customers. Materials for the Sheboygan market are delivered from the Drexel Kiel location.

Locally owned, Drexel offers the competitive pricing demanded by professional contractors, and has a history of world class service to back it up.
The Drexel Building Supply Team, also coined ‘Team Blue’ operates around 10 core values, these values are the backbone of what drives our team to success: Ethics, Respect, Balance, Winning Attitude, Communication, Development, Team Work, Change, Have Fun, Accountability.