Blumer & Stanton, Inc. – Established West Palm Beach, 1946
Construction for Blumer & Stanton was undertaken by its founders: William V. Blumer, Charles G. Blumer and Alexander K. Stanton in late 1945. Just months earlier, World War II had ended, signaling the close of one era and the beginning of a booming new economy. Nowhere in the United States would the boom be as great as South Florida, particularly Palm Beach and Jupiter Island.
Our founders’ business plan was to supply the buzzing construction industry with lumber for all their residential and commercial projects. Although the economy was bustling during that time, the competition was fierce and our founders soon realized they needed to do something more with their lumber if Blumer & Stanton was to survive its infancy. As early as 1947, the business plan quickly evolved to include custom “Made to Order” storm shutters and “mill work”. A series of early advertisements reflected this transition.
Early Transitions as Documented in Advertisements
Early changes included a number of offerings. Some, like “siding”, have remained over the years. Others, like “framing” and “white asphalt shingles” have been abandoned. And, although it is still sold, lumber is only a very minor part of sales.
By 1950, use of an iconic cloud and script font had been added to establish our brand and identity. And, the business plan expanded to also include wood mouldings, which we stocked in a variety of profiles: Base, Bolection, Casing, Chair Rail, Cornice, Cove, Crown, Dentil, Handrails, Panel Mouldings and more. Custom wood profiles, milled to architect and designers’ specifications, were also offered.
With these early transitions now complete, the founders set about the important business of establishing Blumer & Stanton as the leader in its selected fields and building its widely recognized reputation for “Quality in Millwork”. From 1950, custom woodwork has been our specialized niche, including: Book Cases, Cabinets, Columns, Doors, Entrances, Mantels, Mouldings, Shutters, Sidelights, Stairs, Transom, Windows and more!
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If you appreciate old advertisements, visit our Ad Archive filled with ads from our early years.
In the News
We’ve been featured in several articles since our founding in 1946, and mentioned in many more.
“Fine Craftsmanship In Wood”, The Palm Beach Post. Sunday, April 28, 1968.
In 1968, The Palm Beach Post interviewed the founding partners of Blumer & Stanton: William V. Blumer, Charles G. Blumer and Alexander K. Stanton. Future second generation owner and president, William K. Stanton, also appears in the article. The feature detailed the story of our beginning and early years, and provided insight to our current projects (current at the time the article was published in 1968). Click here to download a copy.
“Crafting Palm Beach”, The Palm Beach Daily News. Sunday, October 28, 2012.
In 2012, we were featured as part of a larger story, “Crafting Palm Beach”, which appeared in The Palm Beach Daily News. The article featured the businesses that have played a critical role by supporting the construction of Palm Beach from their Georgia Avenue locations, the “Eclectic warehouse district on a stretch of Georgia Avenue is ‘like a small village’ of contractors, masons, upholsterers, woodworkers and fabricators.” Click here to download a copy.