Moynihans receive Lifetime Achievement Award from MRLDA
The Massachusetts Retail Lumber Dealers Association (MRLDA) presented Michael, Gerard and Jack Moynihan, owners of Moynihan Lumber in Beverly, North Reading and Plaistow, N.H., the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award honors individuals for their cumulative contributions to the lumber industry as well as their local communities.
The Moynihans were raised in Saugus and got their start in the industry at very young ages, working odd jobs at their uncles’ lumber yard. After graduating from Saugus High School (Michael in 1954, Gerard in ’59 and Jack in ’63), each brother went on to graduate from the College of the Holy Cross (Michael was Class of ’58, Gerard ’63 and Jack ’67).
Their father, Michael, and uncles, Arthur and John, began working in lumber yards as early as 1918 with Arthur becoming a partner at Burnett & Moynihan in Revere and John becoming a partner at MacLeod & Moynihan in Watertown. Eventually, they wanted to become partners with each other and had the foresight to target the area north of Boston for the next wave of growth. They purchased the Reading Door and Window Co. located in the middle of a cornfield off of Chestnut Street in North Reading in 1959, and Moynihan Lumber was born.
Michael, who had helping his Uncle John run the Watertown yard, went to North Reading in 1960, when John passed away. By the early 1970s Gerard and Jack joined their brother full-time as Moynihan Lumber was poised for an exceptional period of growth.
In 1976, Moynihan Lumber became the first lumber yard in New England accepted by Ace Hardware. In 1981, a store was added to the property to feature Ace hardware products, tools, and paints, as well as a door and window showroom. Expansion of Moynihan Lumber continued as the family purchased a lumberyard in Beverly in 1986, and expanded to a third location in Plaistow, N.H. in 1995.
With three locations and 180 employees, Moynihan Lumber is thriving, thanks in large part to what the brothers call the six “goods” for success: good products, good prices, good service, good employees, good suppliers and good customers.