Rochester's Face of Building Materials
1505 Scottsville Rd., Rochester
For the last 27 years, Tom Gilbert has been with 84 Lumber Company, the nation’s largest privately held supplier of building materials. He currently serves as the General Manager of the Scottsville Road location where he is empowered with the autonomy to operate the store as his own business. A resident of Fairport, he loves to read, travel, and, most of all, spend time with his wife and three children, who are 17, 18, and 24 years old.
Tom, who grew up in Livonia, first started with the company at its Geneva lumber yard. He has succeeded in opening many locations for the company, both in and out of the Rochester area. Those who know him would describe him as a humble and honest man, one who puts his family first and has created a strong culture among his 30 associates.
“I like to treat people well and do the right thing for our customers and associates. We have a family-type culture here and it makes it much more enjoyable to come to work when you like what you do and the people you work with.” - Tom Gilbert
His family, work, and values are all foundational to his character, making it impossible to separate one from the other. In fact, two of his three children also work for the company, and he is committed to creating a family-style atmosphere at work. The associates of 84 Lumber Rochester are known for their high energy, strong work ethic and excellent teamwork, all fostered by Tom’s leadership. Due to his keen ability to cultivate relationships, many of Tom’s customers and associates from over 20 years ago have returned time and time again.
Tom has expanded his business to include a door and stair manufacturing shop, rail service, commercial division and newly remodeled showroom for customers to visit and experience the product. He knows that in a commodity business, it is all about the experience people have and getting the project done right – both of which he has excelled at to create a strong reputation in the Rochester community.