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Corporate Overview

Since Earl Goebel founded STAR in 1939, STAR LUMBER & SUPPLY CO. has grown into a major Kansas corporation with over 300 employees which operates with 3 company divisions: Star Lumber & Supply, Star Flooring & Decorating and Perfection Structural Components.

The Goebel Family of Wichita along with over 300 employees are committed to the highest quality in products and service to our customers.

Building Wichita - The History of Star Lumber & Supply Co.

by: Scott Dalrymple

In 1939 when most successful Wichita lumberyards were still located in the downtown area Star Lumber set up shop on a dusty corner well outside the city at West Street and Maple. Earl Goebel, Star's President, reasoned that the downtown area had already been built and the real need for lumber would be on the city's outskirts. He was betting that Wichita would grow.

He was right. Over the ensuing sixty years, as Wichita expanded, so did Star Lumber, today the dominant building supply dealer in Kansas with over 350 employees. This is the story of how the Goebel family made it all happen through hard work, innovation, customer service and a willingness to take risks. "I don't think that any of us - my dad, or myself, or my brother Bob or anybody - were doing anything miraculous," says Bill Goebel. "We just weren't afraid to work, and we got with it. We did some things we wished we hadn't done. But we always turned them around and did the best we could."

About the author - Scott Dalrymple is Beech Professor of Business Administration and Chair of the Business Department at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.

Spirit of Wichita Award

Established in 2002, The Spirit of Wichita Award recognizes a business that has previously been given the Over the Years Award. The award must have been presented a minimum of 25 years prior to be considered for the Spirit of Wichita award.

The organization's culture must be basically the same as when it received the Over the Years Award with employment, leadership, innovation and community involvement continuing to be strong.