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Dec 07

Lesters Material Service Replaces Paver Bricks on National Register of Historic Places Home

Posted by The Lester's Family Grayslake on Thursday, December 07, 2017

Brick By Brick

Posted in the Daily Herald 12/7/17

Keith Dietrich of Lesters Material Service places a new brick in front of the Ansel B. Cook home in downtown Libertyville on Wednesday.  The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 (photo on left). 

Andres Nunez of Lesters Material Service works on the bricks in front of the Ansel B. Cook home in downtown Libertyville on Wednesday (December 6, 2017).  The historic home was built in 1878 on the site of the first permanent dwelling in the village (photo on right).

Jul 13

Lesters Assists Neighbors in Severe Flooding

Posted by The Lester's Family Grayslake on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Marcus Leshock- WGN 7-13-17 · 
The Grayslake community came together to save a furniture store. When the flood waters were quickly approaching the family-run Rudolph's Furniture, volunteers from the community stepped up to deliver and stack sandbags. A crew from Lester's Material Service, as well as staff from nearby The Vine - Martini & Wine Bar and others, were able to prevent the water from completely flowing into the business and causing serious damage. Great to see the community come together in a time like this! If you hear of any of these stories happening in the flooded areas across Lake County, let me know about them. I love sharing these stories.

Aug 05

Grayslake Community Tornado Cleanup

Posted by The Lester's Family Grayslake on Wednesday, August 05, 2015

On Sunday, August 2, 2015 at approximately 8 p.m., an EF-1 tornado packing winds between 90 and 100 mph touched down in Grayslake, IL. The tornado spread a track of about 300 yards and extended for approximately 7.5 miles, leaving a path of destruction through Grayslake, Wildwood and Round Lake. Residents had not seen a tornado in this area since 2002 even though sirens had previously sounded on many occasions.

The high winds uprooted large and small trees, caused lawn furnishings and equipment to become projectiles, loosened and removed roof shingles and snapped power lines throughout the area. One resident reported that a 12-foot trampoline was lodged in a large tree, having been projected like a missile by the 100 mph hour winds. Officials said it was the worst damage they had ever seen.


The owners and employees of Grayslake based Lester’s Material Service are grateful that no one in their community was injured from the storm. Lester’s has always believed in being a good neighbor and was one of the first to respond to the emergency by providing cleanup and restoration services to residents for the damage caused by the tornado and high winds.

“Hats off to our good neighbors! Lester Material Services owned by the Lester Family was out early this morning. Under the direction of our neighbor Bill Lester, they are going throughout our neighborhood cutting and hauling away trees,” said Grayslake resident, Louise Nasbaum

Lester’s offered assistance by

  • Tree removal from house and business rooftops
  • Tree branch and trunk hauling from yards and streets
  • Debris removal and hauling
  • Cutting down damaged trees and branches
  • Raking and removing storm debris from properties

“Our family had fun helping out the College Trail neighborhood with clearing out broken trees and debris. Glad we could help out so many homes,” 3rd Generation Tessa Lester said.

Lester’s also provides damage clean up and restoration for other types of tornado and storm damage including:

  • Removal of uprooted shallow rooted trees
  • Root removal
  • Removal of broken glass
  • Removal of light object “missiles” generated by high winds

Lester’s responded immediately at no charge, focusing first on safety, especially around downed power lines and hazards conducive to “slip and fall” hazards. By responding promptly, Lester’s helped residents to prevent fallen trees from causing further damage and helped lessen the damage by restoring homes to as normal a condition as possible. As of this morning, Lester’s Material Services’ cleanup crews were still busy with damage and debris removal.

We are part of the community, not just a business!