About Us

 

Welcome to Old Fort Building Supply of South Bend!

 

 

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide contractors and homeowners with quality building materials and excellent customer service.  We are Michiana's only locally owned full service masonry supply yard.  When you do business with Old Fort, you are investing in our community and supporting local prosperity.  Beyond the dollars being kept within our community, you can expect quality and innovative products and personalized customer service and support.

About Our Family Business

Located at 1401 South Main Street, Old Fort Building Supply is a family business that has been serving Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan since 1983.  Founded at the turn of the century as "Builders Supply & Specialty Co." the yard at Main St. and Broadway sold clay sewer pipe, flue liners, clay brick, chimney tops, lime, cement, plaster and wall coping.  Sometime in the 1930's it became the "E.R. Newland Co." and remained under Mr. Newland's ownership until the 1960's when it went through a succession of owners.  In 1976 the business ended up being purchased by the Old Fort Supply Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  All during this time it remained at the current location and was focused on masonry products.  

In 1983, Old Fort was purchased by Lew Jagger and it was renamed Old Fort Building Supply of South Bend, Inc.  Not too many years later, Lew's son Rob was hired to oversee business operations as general manager.  Rob Jagger became sole owner when he purchased the company from his dad, Lew.  Grandpa Lew continued to work in the office on a regular basis throughout his retirement.  Rob grew the business as sole owner by introducing new product offerings outside of the masonry field.  These product introductions and expansions led to Old Fort becoming the only full service masonry AND interiors product supply. 

Bill Jagger was brought onboard in 1996 to oversee residential and commercial masonry sales.  Bill oversees that department to this day and has over Bill   Rob and Bill continue to own and actively run the business to this day as co-owners.  In 2015, Bill's son Kyle was hired into a masonry sales and marketing position within the company.  With that hire, Kyle became the first of the family's 3rd generation to work for the business.

Our Capacity and Delivery Capabilities

From our humble beginnings as a small masonry yard with one flatbed delivery truck - Old Fort's fleet has grown to include 9 light and heavy-duty delivery vehicles.  All of our delivery trucks are equiped with GPS tracking and live update information.  If you have a question about the status of your delivery we can give you live time ETA updates.  Our heavy-duty flatbed trucks come equiped with all-terrain forklifts that can tackle the most demanding commercial or residential site conditions.  We also maintain three cutting edge boom/crane trucks that allow us to lift heavy material to almost any access point on your jobsite.  These remote controlled cranes enable our experienced Union drivers and laborers to stock material according to your instructions.  We also have several light duty flatbed and pickup trucks that we use to deliver smaller or lightweight orders on short notice.  If you're a contractor in a bind or homeowner in the middle of a DIY project, you can always count on Old Fort to deliver the material you need promptly and according to your instructions.  Many times, your Old Fort sales representative will offer to deliver your order themselves if it can fit in a pickup truck.  We take pride in personalized customer service right down to the point of delivery.

Are you a homeowner with a project or new home in your future?

We have the personalized service and experience to bring your ideas to life.  If you dont have time or you're not the DIY type, we can recommend a trusted contractor for any job no matter what size! Our staff offers decades of experience in the building materials business, honest advice when considering options for your project, as well as help and support should you run into a problem during construction.  Give us a call or come visit our sales office to get started!

Are you a contractor?

We have been a trusted supply partner in residential and commercial construction for over 30 years.  From the smallest residential project, to the largest commercial or industrial development, we have the capacity and quality products to get the job done.  Over the past three decades Old Fort has been a trusted supplier of many Notre Dame projects such as McCourtney Hall, The Boathouse, UND Ignition Park, and the ongoing $400 million Campus Crossroads Project.  Other commerical projects we've supplied and serviced include the Portage Medical Center, the Blair Warner Clinic, Lake Central High School, and countless other large-scale developments.