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The photo to the right shows founder G.T. "Cap'n Til" Lester with his son, the current CEO, George W. Lester, II, in the lumberyard.
The Lester Group is a diversified company founded in 1896 in Martinsville. Lester’s primary interests are in lumber products and real estate development in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia. The Lester Group has owned the Jim Carpenter Co., also in Fredericksburg, Va., since 1974. In addition to the Jim Carpenter Co., Lester has building materials operations in Manassas, Lynchburg, and Martinsville in Virginia and in High Point, Henderson and Elizabeth City in North Carolina.
The Lester Group, Inc. started Fortress Door Company in 2016. Lester Group hired a team of very experienced door manufacturers. The employees of Fortress Door have over 100 years of experience in the industry.
Rick Finall, plant manager for Masonite, has the same position with Fortress. Finall, a native of King George, Va., has 37 years’ experience in manufacturing wood doors.
“Rick is a talented manager,” said Jim O’Brien, president of The Lester Group. “He comes highly recommended. He and his team will continue in place with a well-earned reputation of providing outstanding customer service.”
The plant pre-finishes doors with an environmentally safe paint system, said O’Brien. “That feature will appeal to many companies in the industry who are green building advocates. Also, Fortress Door Co. will be able to match any custom finishing color.“Our team takes pride in the quality of our craftsmanship, customer service and quick delivery
The Commercial Division sells doors from Maryland to Georgia. Our team of experienced employees use their skills and the finest equipment available to produce doors to your exact specifications. Fortress Door Company looks forward to exceeding your door needs.