Company History

“Those in the Know…Go Len-Co!”
Quality for Less Since 1958

Len-Co Lumber was founded in 1958 in Buffalo, New York, by James P. Coppola, Sr. and Frank Leonard. “Len-Co” is a combination of their last names. James had knowledge of building products from his experience at Cuyahoga Wrecking, Frank had a truck for deliveries, and the rest, as they say, was history.

By the mid-1960’s, James Coppola had assumed full control of the company, and Len-Co had become well known in Western New York for offering quality building products, particularly lumber, doors, and plywood, at extremely competitive prices. Coppola grew the company, and the product line, over the next four decades with the help of his wife and nine children, all of whom worked at the company at one time or another. His charismatic personality and shrewd entrepreneurial spirit helped him to expand the company’s footprint in South Buffalo despite recessions, out of town competition, and even a major fire in the lumber yard. James was an accomplished artist in his spare time, and his popular Len-Co advertisements in the Buffalo News often included some of his artistic creations (people still ask about the news ads to this day!).

James ran the company until his passing in the early 2000’s, at which point his son, Stephen M. Coppola, became the president of the company. Stephen had worked at Len-Co from his youth, and the experience came in handy – he was able to not only guide the company through the 2007 financial crisis, but actually grow the company by opening a second location in Williamsville, NY. His knack for creating operational efficiencies helped him to open Len-Co’s third location in Kenmore just a few years later.

Today, Stephen runs the three-store company with his sons Stephen P. and Kevin Coppola, the third generation of the family business. Len-Co serves professional builders, remodelers, do-it-yourselfers, government agencies, municipalities, and commercial businesses with a standard that originated in 1958 and continues to this day – “Service that’s the best, and quality for less!”

The team at Len-Co prides itself on being well-staffed and attentive to every customer that walks through the door, and makes a point to help customers find what they’re looking for and get it loaded on their vehicle quickly – time is money! The South Buffalo location even features one of the largest and most efficient drive-through lumber yards in the region. Don’t forget delivery…if a pickup isn’t in the cards, Len-Co’s delivery fleet will get the job done.

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