Frontier Building Supply History

Serving all manner of construction needs for over 30 years.

In 1975, Frontier Building Supply began life on the Anacortes waterfront. In those days, we were known as Frontier Industries but it was all about the lumber. Founded by brothers Mike and Terry Johnson with the help of their father Oscar and brother Joe, it was preceded by the family owned logging and sawmill operations also based in Anacortes. During those same early years, the Johnson family also owned and operated a log loading operation that loaded ships for exports around the world.

There was also a Frontier owned shingle mill on the waterfront that had a reputation for the best cedar shakes in the Northwest. Things change, and in 1978 the cedar mill was closed and the lumberyard moved to a bigger and better location at 19th Street and Commercial Avenue in Anacortes where it remains to this date, though a decidedly bigger operation. 

Expanding the company began in 1987 when North Cross Lumber in Sedro-Woolley was acquired and operations commenced from a converted feed store. That location was soon outgrown and in 1994, a new 10,000 square foot state of the art facility was  opened 4 miles West of the old feed store. In the years between the acquisition and its move to a new location, growth was also being experienced in other areas. 

Island County was next to experience the Frontier way of doing business when in 1991 property was purchased and a second new 10,000 sq. ft 3.5 acre facility was added in Oak Harbor. At this point, Frontier, with its 3 locations and nearly 40 employees, had reached nearly 10 million in gross annual sales. 

Opportunity came around again, when in 2000, Copeland Lumber, an icon of the West Coast lumber business, announced it was closing its yards and ending an era. Not wanting to overlook such an opportunity, owners Mike and Terry began negotiations that ended with the acquisition of their second yard in Island County. 

With the end of the 1990’s the need to specialize became more apparent and in 2002, a dedicated millwork center was opened at 22nd Street and R Avenue in Anacortes. This facility now offers the finest window, door and cabinet showrooms north of Seattle. Staffed by specialists in every aspect of interior and exterior millworks, this facility is quickly becoming the “go to “ place for Fidalgo Island and all of Skagit County.

The dust had barely begun to settle on the new Millworks Division Showroom when yet another opportunity came our way, this time by request. In 2003 builders in the San Juan Islands, long familiar with the Frontier philosophy, began requesting that we find a place to do business there. Today, our Friday Harbor Satellite Yard serves all of the San Juans and serves them well. 

It has been more than 30 years since that first small step and we continue to move forward. Today, Frontier has six full service locations in three counties, and is proud to support over 70 employees. Service, Quality and Competitive Pricing…. It can’t miss. 

Brothers Mike and Terry Johnson 2007