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Obit: Ronald Fosdick of Lumbermens

BY Brae Canlen

Ronald Fosdick passed away at his home with his family by his side on April 20. He was 75 years old.

Fosdick began his career as a plumber, then worked for Simpson Timber and later, Rex Floor Covering. For several years he operated his own flooring business called "Omni Floor Covering." In 1981 Fosdick went to work for Lumbermens (now ProBuild), where he worked for many years in a variety of contractor sales positions until he formally retired in 2009.

After retirement, Fosdick enjoyed frequenting the 40 et 8 and the Vet’s Club, visiting the local casinos, reading western and fantasy novels and, most of all, according to his family, “he loved hanging out with his best buddies from ProBuild to shoot the breeze.”

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Southern California lumberyard to close

BY Brae Canlen

Hoyt Lumber, located in Upland, Calif., is closing on June 2, according to an article in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. The San Bernardino County lumberyard has been open since 1996, when the owners purchased Rugg Lumber, which operated across the street for 67 years, and relocated the operation.

Hoyt opened a second location at in Rancho Cucamonga in 1979, which will remain open.

Co-owner Peggy Nelson said a slowdown in construction that has dragged on for several years forced the store’s closure. 

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Pacific States Industries acquires plywood company

BY HBSDealer Staff

Pacific States Industries, a California-based forest products and building materials company, acquired the privately owned Hoquiam Plywood Co. of Hoquiam, Wash. 

The Hoquiam facility is known for its premium plywood sheathing. Operations at the western Washington facility will come under the direction of Pacific States Plywood (PSP), headquartered in Springfield, Ore.

“For more than 50 years, Hoquiam Plywood has been recognized as a provider of quality plywood products and veneers,” said Sean Burch, Pacific States Industries general manager. “This acquisition supports our planned growth in the Pacific Northwest and enables us to better serve market demand across the United States and Canada with additional volumes of our high-quality products.”

Pacific States Industries is a privately held family-owned company that has been providing forest products and building materials to lumber dealers and home improvement stores in California, the Pacific Northwest and nationwide for more than 40 years. The company’s holdings include Pacific States Plywood, Pacific States Treating, Redwood Empire Wholesale Distribution and Redwood Empire Sawmills.  

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