About Voyageur Lumber
With over 100 years of combined experience in the Lumber Industry, serving not only the Ely area but also Illinois, Central and Southern Minnesota, the staff at Voyageur Lumber has just about seen it all. This combination of experience and adaptability is Vital in an ever changing Industry and an ever changing world. So, whether you’re looking to build your dream Rustic Getaway or an Energy Efficient Green Building, you can count on Voyageur Lumber to answer your questions and provide you with the materials and service you need.

John Schiltz “Sr.”: Manager

John was born into the lumber and building material trade, as was his son John Schiltz “Jr.”

John’s father ran the Lampert Building Center in Ely for 28 years and if he wanted to spend time with his father, Bill Schiltz, he would go to the “yard”.  While there, he was more than likely put to “work” i.e. sweeping, picking up nails, straightening lumber and so on.

Sr. started working full time summers, part time winters at Lamperts when he was 17 (1977) and he has never left the Building Materials Trade since!

John also has a Tree Farm 2 miles west of Ely that he maintains and also shears and harvests Christmas trees for local customers.  Some of his trees have even gone as far as the Twin Cities and Illinois.

John has three children, six grandkids, 2 yellow labs named Sadie & Etta, and his wife of 36 years, Carolyn.

John has been at Voyageur Lumber for over 27 years and three years before Voyageur, he worked at Standard Lumber.  Same location!  Same desk!

John’s passions are his grandkids, horseshoes, shooting pool, fishing and hunting, and his tree farm!


John Schiltz “Jr.”: Outside Sales

John, or “Jr.” as he’s known around the yard, is a 3rd generation Lumberman.  Like his father before him, he got his unofficial start in the lumber business sweeping nails and picking up garbage around the yard to earn money for candy.

At 16, John officially joined the Voyageur Lumber ranks as a “yard guy”; working during his summers until he graduated from St. John’s University in 2002.  In the winter of 2002, John left Ely to work for a string of lumber yards; serving as a sales assistant in St. Cloud, interim and Assistant Manager in Stillwater, and Manager in St. Peter.

In 2006, with his young family in tow, John returned to Ely as Voyageur Lumbers first Outside Salesman.  Three years later, John’s family has grown to include his 2 children Isabelle and John Cooper, his wife Heidi, and yellow Lab Willie.  John enjoys Tuesday Dart League with his wife, summer horse shoes at his father’s property, and is a diehard Chicago Bears fan.

Mike Maki

Mike has been working at Voyageur Lumber for 22 years. He was originally hired when it was still Standard Lumber in 1988.

Mike enjoys hunting, fishing, wild ricing, playing pool, and spending time at his shack.

Mike was born and raised in the area, growing up in Winton. He graduated Ely Memorial High School and went to college at Hibbing Vocational Tech for Chefs Management.

Mike has 2 children ages 25 and 24 and one grandson who is 8 weeks old.


Marty Schaller (Material Handling Specialist):

Marty has been a material handling specialist at Voyageur Lumber for more than 10 years. Before that he worked for Greenstone Landscaping and would occasionally work with his friend Len Bilowski on log buildings. Aside from hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and many other outdoor activities, Marty also likes to knock back a few beers and watch his two favorite football teams: da Bears and Minnesota Vikings.


Kayla Tedrick (Book Keeper):

Kayla is the last member of the Schiltz family (Her father John Sr. and brother John Jr currently work with her. Her brother Nick and Mother Carolyn have also spent time as employees in the past) to put in her time at Voyageur Lumber, starting in April of 2009. Kayla graduated from Ely Memorial Highschool in 2002 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UMD in 2006. Kayla lives a scant 2 blocks away from the Yard in a home that has been in the family since the time of her Great Grandparents. She lives with her Husband Pete and there dog Duke along with regular visits from her step children Ashley and Tyler.

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