About Us



Our Mission

To provide quality materials and quality service that keeps quality customers coming back.
To give back to the community, as our community has given to us.


Hoskins Building Center & Showroom is a full-service material supplier offering delivery, design, and installation of the products we sell. We are glad to work with you, with your contractor, or we can even help you find a contractor. Our specialties include:

  • Creative inspiration
  • 3-D cabinetry design and layout
  • Cost estimating
  • On-site measuring
  • Project planning and Coordination
  • Contractor coordination
  • On-time delivery
  • Installation
  • Full-service repair and support

Meet Our Team

When we say customer service, we mean it. The professional and dedicated team at Hoskins Building Center provides all aspects of customer service, from listening to calculating, estimating to delivery, installation to continued service. Together we put more than 115 years of experience to work for you.

Eric Wheelwright

Eric WheelwrightSales, Estimating, Purchasing; Co-Owner

As co-owner and estimator, Eric brings valuable, hands-on experience and perspective not found in large, chain operations. Since beginning his career with Hoskins Lumber in 1989, Eric has gained in-depth product knowledge (specializing in Marvin Windows) and is committed to providing the utmost in customer satisfaction.

Pete Korth

Sales & Estimating

Experienced, Pete brings more than 30 years of experience in building and trades, focusing on residential construction. Pete knows the ins and outs of what is needed and provides insight and on-target estimates to get your job done.

Pam Wheelwright

Pam WheelwrightDesigner; Cabinetry & Countertop ; Co-Owner

Pam’s specialty: Listening and helping put your vision into an action plan. Training in advanced product knowledge (specializing in Woodharbor Cabinetry) coupled with years of design experience is a huge asset as Pam creates efficient kitchen, bath, and office layouts. Pam will help you coordinate your Woodharbor Cabinetry with the perfect countertop and hardware to bring the full package together


Yard Operations & Delivery Foreman

You’ll enjoy working with Justin.  Friendly and eager to help, Justin works hard to provide you and your contractor with exactly what you need, safely and on time.


Yard Operations & Delivery

Troy takes his commitment to you and your schedule very seriously.  Count on Troy to help you in the yard, or in the store, with his friendly attitude.

About Our Company

A lumber yard in the Midwest that got its start from the California Gold Rush

Serving Northwestern Illinois for more than 150 years, Hoskins Building Center began as Wm. Hoskins & Company in Apple River, Illinois, in 1854.

Mr. Hoskins, the founder, was an immigrant from Cornwall, England who struck it rich in California during the Gold Rush and then came home to Jo Daviess County. After establishing the Apple River location, he continued to expand in Elizabeth, Galena, and Cuba City, Wisconsin. The businesses were operated by his sons-in-law. Over time, the businesses were sold out of the family. The Elizabeth location was the last to be sold, though strongly operational, in 1971.

One of the largest distributors of Marvin Windows in the State of Illinois

Today, Hoskins Building Center & Showroom, purchased in 2002 by Eric and Pam Wheelwright, continues to grow and is proud to bear the name of its founder and preserve the core values of the family business that have made it to be so strong: Commitment, quality, and customer service. That same commitment to “going beyond” has made Hoskins Building Center one of the largest distributors of Marvin Windows in the State of Illinois.

In 2006, Hoskins added a 2,800 sq. ft. cabinetry and appliance showroom across the street from the existing lumber yard, creating an environment where customers could walk through and experience the products and possibilities, turning their dreams into reality.

In 2012, Hoskins answered the community’s need for a hardware store (the hardware store in Elizabeth closed at the end of 2011) and an addition was built to house over 4,000 new items of inventory. Hoskins Building Center is now open 7 DAYS A WEEK to better serve our community.