NEEDHAM, Mass. — At its 2016 Annual Meeting on Oct. 25, the Massachusetts Retail Lumber Dealers Association (MRLDA) presented Michael, Gerard, and Jack Moynihan, Moynihan Lumber Company in North Reading, Mass., with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, and recognized Tom McNulty, Hingham Lumber Company in Cohasset, Mass., 2016 Lumber Person of the Year. These awards recognize individuals for their significant contributions to the lumber and building materials (LBM) industry as well as to his or her local community.
The Massachusetts Retail Lumber Dealers Association Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals for their cumulative contributions to the lumber industry. It is a special recognition to someone who has truly “made a difference” in the business and has made a significant and measurable impact to the lumber community and to the communities in which they serve. The “Moynihan Boys” were raised in Saugus, Mass. and got their start in the LBM industry at very young ages, working odd jobs at their uncles’ lumberyard. After graduating from Saugus High School, each brother would go on to graduate from the College of the Holy Cross. In 1959, Moynihan Lumber was born and Michael, the eldest brother, having returned from the military was helping his Uncle John run the Watertown yard. By the early 70’s Gerard and Jack joined their brother full-time as Moynihan Lumber was poised for an exceptional period of growth. In 1976, Moynihan Lumber became the first lumberyard in New England accepted by Ace Hardware. In 1981, a store was added to the property to feature Ace hardware products, tools, and paints, as well as a door and window showroom. Expansion of Moynihan Lumber continued as they purchased a family-owned lumberyard in 1986 in Beverly, and expanded to a third location in Plaistow, N.H. in 1995.
Industry service and involvement has always been a top priority for the Moynihan Brothers as well. Michael was active on the MRLDA board in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Gerard has served on the Board of Directors of both the MRLDA and Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA) and was named the Lumber Person of the Year in 1999 by MRLDA. Gerard was also an active member of the Harry L. Folsom Hoo Hoo Club, a service organization dedicated to the welfare and promotion of the forest products industry, serving as its President in 1991-92. Jack has been on the Board of Directors of the buying group ENAP (now LBM Advantage) for 15 years, serving as Chair in 2004-05 and currently serves as Chair of its Forest Products Committee.
Hingham Lumber Company was started by Tom’s father William in 1947. Along with his 10 siblings, Tom was active in the family business from an early age. From sweeping the lumberyard and unloading freight cars, to driving a forklift and running the business, Tom has done it all.
During his lifetime in the industry, Tom has helped Hingham Lumber to be recognized for its innovations and strong organization. He has also been involved with the MRLDA, serving on the legislative committee, participating in state and national lobbying days, and served as President of the MRLDA in 2011-12. In addition to his industry work, Hingham Lumber, is a proud supporter many local organizations, including schools and charity organizations helping the poor, sick, and needy. Of its community support Tom explains, “There is always a need for local businesses like ours to help these organizations. I believe it is our responsibility to give back to people of need.”