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Congleton Lumber moving to new digs

BY Brae Canlen

Thanks, in part, to an expansion of a Jif peanut butter plant, Congleton Lumber is relocating into a new facility with a larger showroom in Lexington, Ky. John Congleton, who owns the fourth-generation lumberyard with his sister, told Home Channel News that when his next door neighbor, Jiff Peanut Butter, wanted to expand, “the offer was too good to refuse.”

Congleton Lumber’s customers, mostly remodelers plus a few high-end custom home builders, wanted the 105-year-old business to stay in downtown Lexington. So the owners found a vacant Habitat for Humanity ReStore a mile away. “The site and the building need a lot of work, but we have to be out of our location by Oct. 1,” Congleton said.

The new facility will have an expanded showroom that goes beyond stand-alone kitchen and bath displays. “We hope our showroom will display more products that are tied in together, so we can get involved in the project earlier, when the homeowners are still conceptualizing it,” Congleton said.

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In Dayton, Requarth Lumber merges with Supply One Cabinets

BY Ken Clark

The historic Requarth Lumber, a 151-year-old Dayton, Ohio, lumberyard that once sold lumber to Orville and Wilbur Wright, will merge with Supply One Cabinets and Design, according to a report in the Dayton Daily News.

The move is designed to generate business growth in a declining market. Alan Pippenger, president of Requarth, will remain president of the merged company as Supply One brings in a showroom to the lumberyard’s Dayton location on Monument Avenue.

The new showroom is expected to open in January, according to the news report.

Requarth was featured in the January 2010 issue of Home Channel News in a series of articles about business sustainability. In a prescient statement, Pippenger described adaptability as a key to long-term survival. "We aren’t the same company that we were 150, 100 or even 50 years ago," he told Home Channel News. "You have to be willing to give up on what’s not working anymore."

Pippenger told the newspaper that he was optimistic that the worst of the downturn is over.

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TW Perry named HCN Pro Dealer of the Year

BY HBSDealer Staff

Gaithersburg, Md.-based TW Perry, a pro dealer celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, was selected as the Home Channel News Pro Dealer of the Year.

The company will be recognized during a special awards dinner during the 2011 ProDealer Industry Summit held in San Antonio Oct. 26 to 28.  The summit is hosted jointly by the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and Home Channel News.

"TW Perry represents a new breed of lumberyard company — smart, entrepreneurial and able to make big decisions quickly," said Ken Clark, editor of Home Channel News. "The company has shown both success and leadership and is a deserving recipient of the Pro Dealer of the Year award."

TW Perry is ranked 33rd on the Home Channel News Pro Dealer Scoreboard, with 2010 sales of $107.7 million. The six-unit dealer had double-digit sales gains in 2010, and is expecting significant growth in 2011, as well. The company is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011. 

In addition to core building materials and services, the company has continually pursued innovative ways to engage their customer base, including conducting its Green Building Workshop, an event that was held in February for the third straight year, as well as other events targeted toward the architectural profession, the Hispanic communities and homeowners/contractors networking.

On receiving the award, TW Perry’s CEO Michael Cassidy said: "The entire team at TW Perry is quite honored to receive this award and to join the many notable companies that preceded us in this honor. We will demonstrate our appreciation for this award by humbly rededicating ourselves to executing on the tried-and-true basics, while innovating wherever practical as we continue to work to support our customers during these challenging times."

The selection criteria includes high performance, innovation and commitment to the values of the lumber business. Past winners of the HCN Pro Dealer of the Year award include: MarJam Supply, 2010; McCoy’s Building Supply, 2009; Curtis Lumber, 2008; Carter Lumber, 2007; and ProBuild Holdings, 2006.

In addition to the Pro Dealer of the Year awards dinner, The ProDealer Industry Summit will feature the NLBMDA Officers Installation Dinner, a yard tour with McCoys Lumber, and educational sessions ranging from supply chain management to 2010 census trends. For more information, visit prodealer.com.

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