Professional Quality and Service:
A Family Tradition for Three Generations
People often comment on my logo and wonder about its origin. It was designed by my grandfather, Will Trent, the youngest of five brothers who operated a large lumber and millwork manufacturing business.
The oldest brother, Albert, founded Trent Brothers Lumber Company in the early years of the last century in Danville, Illinois. My grandfather learned the business as a youngster, became the manager of a lumber yard in Indiana, then returned to his hometown to work with his brothers in 1922.
After serving in World War II, my father, Bill Trent, joined the company and worked with his father and uncles until it was closed in 1952. He opened his own lumber and hardware business in 1954. I worked with him Saturdays and summers from junior high school through college.
In addition to dealing in retail lumber, Trent Bros. manufactured cabinets, doors, and millwork for the University of Illinois, and libraries, schools and hospitals in Danville and neighboring communities. My Dad was an innovator with his business, offering the first drive-up window service in the area for paint and hardware, and eventually expanding with a lawn and garden center and a nursery. This was in the 1960's, long before multi-purpose home improvement centers were commonplace.
One of my goals has always been to maintain this family tradition of high quality and good service to my clients. Trends in choices of building materials and styles
of designs come and go. What lasts is first
class workmanship and good working
relationships between people.