Nelson Lumber and Construction (NLC) was established in 1949 by the Nelson family which arrived in the Skagit Valley at the turn of the Century from Sweden. NLC was originally founded as a Lumber Yard in La Conner, Washington selling Forestry Products harvested from the surrounding Skagit Valley and Cascade Mountains. Later the business was diversified into construction in the 1950’s and ‘Construction’ was added to the name. The Lumber Yard was eventually sold to concentrate on building in Snohomish County and later King County and the San Juan Islands. The business has been in continuous operation since 1949 including the financial crisis between 2008-2010, when NLC was restructured and survived with the cooperation of its partners, suppliers, and employees. The Company continues today as an affordable, quality builder focused on custom homes, multi family, commercial, and renovations. NLC has worked with award winning architects, regional developers, public sector organizations as well as home owners and has long standing relationships with established service providers, suppliers, and subcontractors. NLC is currently managed by the 3rd generation owner, Gary Nelson and his family, and remains 100% family owned.


Gary Nelson
Owner Operator

Gary has over 40 years of construction experience including custom homes, multi-family, commercial and custom renovations. Gary has successfully completed hundreds projects in the region and has extensive experience working with diverse clients including developers, homeowners, and public sector entities including the Swinomish Indian Tribe. Gary is a native of Snohomish county, attended Western Washington University, and is currently enrolled at the University of Washington Construction Management Program.

Ron Fridlund
Financial Direction

Ron has over 35 years experience in financial management and operational experience in the construction and natural resource sector in the Pacific Northwest. Ron has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting from Walla Walla University and is native of Washington State.