2012 Dealer of the Year

The eight men on Kuiken Brothers' executive committee not only are Kuikens, they all are managers. From left: Wayne is a vice president; Nick is vice president for sales and business development, Matt is a branch manager, Ken is a vice president, Doug is president, Henry is a vice president, Robert is a vice president and transfer coordinator, and Michael is a branch manager.

Now 61, Doug Kuiken has led the company for 10 years.

GARDEN STATE GIANT: Kuiken Brothers is the biggest full-service lumberyard based in New Jersey. It began in 1912 in Fair Lawn (1) and remained a one-store operation until 1990. Since then, it has expanded to include lumberyards in Midland Park (2) and Emerson (3), the Elmwood Supply commercial products store in Garfield (4), a lumberyard in Roseland (5), a stand-alone showroom and adjacent lumberyard in Succasunna (6), and lumberyards in Ogdensburg (7), Wantage (8), and its one New York State facility, Warwick (9).

MANY BRANCHES, ONE TREE: Unlike many other companies, branch managers at Kuiken Brothers get incentives based not on their store's performance but rather on how the entire company did. Kuiken's store managers include, from left to right, Marc Gattuso in Succasunna, Jeff Henig in Emerson, and Matt Berger in Roseland, N.J.

MAD ABOUT MOLDING: Northern New Jersey is a big market for molding, and Kuiken Brothers feeds that need through its own private label brand, KB Classical Moulding, as well as through regular molding sales. Leading the effort are, left, Dan Hughes, kitchen and millwork manager; and Ryan Mulkeen, who runs marketing but also helped create the KB Classical Moulding line.

BIG LOTS: Jim Wagner (left), Kuiken Brothers' lumber buyer, and Calvin Wahl, purchasing manager, like to buy their commodities by the rail car load.

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