Nielsen Building Materials, Inc.
is a full service building
material dealer specializing in
custom construction. Founded in
1932 by C.V. Nielsen, the
business goal has not changed.
Take pride in what you do and it
should stand the test of time.
V. Nielsen came to Solvang in
1917. He had immigrated from
Denmark a few years earlier to
the Midwest. He was a
carpenter: a skilled trade he
had learned in Lokken , Denmark
. He met Anna Roth, the daughter
of John and Thora Roth who
were among the first settlers in
Solvang in 1911.
C.V. started his own business in
1932 called C.V. Nielsen had a
Planning Mill. He became one of
Solvang’s leading contractors,
building many homes and
commercial buildings in the
valley. He was active in the
building of the Danish Bethania
Lutheran Church that has become
one of the symbols of Solvang.
C.V. and Anna had three children
who were all integral parts of
running the business. Soon after
World War II, Daryl Nielsen
became active in management with
his brother Alton soon to
follow. In 1954, Thora Mae took
over the bookkeeping operations
from her mother, Anna, who had
worked alongside her husband
business incorporated in 1959
and shifted solely to a retail
building trade. At that time the
business relocated from the
center of town to its current
position at the edge of Solvang.
Thora Mae’s husband, Andy
Andersen, and Alton Nielsen ran
the business for thirty plus
years into the 1990’s. It is
currently being managed by
C.V.’s grandson Ken Andersen.
From the first sale of lumber
until now, it has always been a
tradition to provide the
customer with the best quality
material at the best price while
still providing old-fashioned