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Freedom Materials opens new distribution yard

BY HBSDealer Staff

Savage, Maryland-based Freedom Materials, a supplier of gypsum and related products, continues to expand its footprint in the Mid-Atlantic with the opening of a new distribution yard here. The yard, its third location in the region in the past two years, will serve its professional builder customer in Baltimore, Washington D.C., and surround areas.

Freedom Materials sells a full line of residential and commercial products, primarily gypsum, steel, insulation, acoustical tile, millwork, windows, and cabinets.

Silvio Ferrari started Freedom Materials in 2015 in partnership with Kodiak Building Partners to build a leading drywall distribution business in the Mid-Atlantic. Its first two locations were in Newark, Del., and Greenwood, Del., in 2016.

“Freedom is an excellent representation of Kodiak’s long-term, build and grow strategy,” said Steve Swinney, Kodiak CEO.

Kodiak Building Partners was founded in 2011 to invest in housing and building-products companies. Its portfolio consists of fabricators and distributors of building products, with locations in Colorado, Texas, Michigan, Massachusetts, Delaware and Maryland.

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Millard Lumber named Independent ProDealer of the Year

BY HBSDealer Staff

HBSDealer, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine of Lebhar-Friedman Inc., has named Omaha, Nebraska-based Millard Lumber as the 2017 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year.

The annual award, selected by editors of HBSDealer in concert with the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, is designed to recognize a high-performance independent lumberyard with a commitment to best practices and the best values of the lumber and building material industry.

“We are humbled and honored to be chosen for such a prestigious award and join an outstanding list of prior recipients.  This honor is a direct reflection of the hard work of our entire team who deserve all of the credit for their outstanding customer focus,” said Joel Russell, chief operating officer of Millard Lumber.

With the slogan “More than Lumber,” Millard Lumber serves its communities in Omaha and Waverly, Nebraska, with drive-thru warehouses, design centers, hardware stores and a truss and wall manufacturing plant. The company, now in its third generation of family ownership, also operates a cabinet division in Spring Hill, Kansas.

In addition to embracing the traditional values of service to community and customer, the company is a recognized leader and innovator of lumberyard technology. It continuously strives for a paperless system and metrics-based decision making.

Millard Lumber is also no stranger to awards. The Northwestern Lumber Association has recognized Millard Lumber as the 2017 Nebraska Lumber Dealer of the Year.  And for 11 of the past 12 years, Millard Lumber has been recognized by the National Safety Council’s Greater Omaha Chapter as one of the Safest Companies in the area.

Millard Lumber will accept the award at the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit, slated for Phoenix, Arizona, Oct. 17-19. The summit is hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and HBSDealer.

 

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Philanthropy is par for the course

BY HBSDealer Staff

Eighty Four, Pennsylvania-based 84 Lumber and its vendor partners donated more than $130,000 to the Westmoreland / Fayette Boy Scout Council after hosting the Joe Hardy 84 Lumber Golf Invitational.

The event was held at Neacolin Woodlands Resort, and it has been raising funds for the Boy Scouts of America since 1989.

“The Joe Hardy 84 Lumber Golf Invitational is an important event for us each year,” said 84 Lumber president and owner Maggie Hardy Magerko. “Together with the Boy Scouts, and our partners, we can make a difference in communities throughout the region.”

The event was held Monday Aug. 21-22, with more than 200 attendees participating. The participants and attendees included sponsors from across the country, associates from 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands, and troop leaders and boy scouts from the Westmoreland / Fayette Boy Scout Council.

The Joe Hardy 84 Lumber Golf Invitational is one of 84 Lumber’s largest philanthropic endeavors each year, the company said. 

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