US LBM keeps growing
US LBM Holdings acquired K-I Lumber & Building Materials of Louisville, Kentucky, bringing the US LBM footprint to 90 locations across 14 states.
The move pushes the number of US LBM divisions 15, and brings into the fold a territory with which US LBM CEO L.T. Gibson is familiar – Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
“Having grown up in the Lexington community, I know K-I Lumber as having a dedicated and knowledgeable team of associates that succeed by providing a local feel and focus to their customers,” Gibson said. “We look forward to expanding upon their success.
K-I Lumber will continue to be run by President Bob DeFerraro. The dealer was founded in 1932. It operates two locations in Louisville in addition to full-service distribution centers in Lexington, Kentucky; Clarksville, Indiana; and Evansville, Indiana.
“We are excited and proud to join the US LBM team and the opportunity it brings to provide our customers with continued enhancements to our product and service offering,” said Bob DeFerraro.
US LBM purchased the company from the Walter M. Freeman Trust and Chairman Sherry Freeman. “My husband and I put our lives into this business caring deeply about the relationships with our associates, customers and supply partners,” said Sherry Freeman. “We are confident that US LBM will serve as a thoughtful steward leading K-I Lumber for many future generations in the same way our family has for the last 82 years.”
West Coast lumber dealers elect Fogarty
Sean Fogarty is stepping into the role of president of the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association.
Fogarty is VP of Osborne Lumber in Newark, California, where he represents the third generation of the family business that opened in 1950.
During the organization’s annul convention last week in Indian Wells, California, Fogarty encouraged the industry to stick together and stay involved.
“This year I plan to focus on growing — improving our dealer participation, and strengthening our collective voice,” he said. “We’re going to do this by introducing new events, and continuing to add value to our members through Government Affairs monitoring and Industry education.”
Fogarty will take the association’s reins from Mark Ganahal of Anaheim, California-based Ganahl Lumber.
The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association is a regional industry trade organization with roots going back to the early 1900s in California. It is one of the largest regional lumber and building materials organization in the country. The association is active in government affairs at the local, state and national levels, offers a wide range of educational and member services, and administers a number of member benefits programs.
Although the majority of members are in California, WCLBMA has members in 26 states and Canada. WCLBMA has approximately 330 member firms in lumber and building material dealer and associate categories.
WCLBMA is one of 17 regional trade organizations affiliated with the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association, headquartered in Washington DC. It represents more than 6,000 lumber and building materials dealers nationwide.
Gordon Lumber names new president
Freemont, Ohio-based Gordon Lumber has selected Erin Leonard to become the company’s new president.
The company employs 132 people in nine locations and was founded in 1868.
Leonard, who started with Gordon Lumber in 2011 and most recently served as chief operating officer, was chosen to fill the role of president after an extensive nationwide search.
"Erin exhibits the talent, skills and enthusiasm to lead us forward," says Gary Kohli, chairman of the board for Gordon Lumber. "We have confidence he will incorporate the great traditions and history of our company with its new challenges and opportunities to help grow Gordon Lumber."
A graduate of Ohio University, Leonard resides in Perrysburg, Ohio with his family. He has more than 18 years experience in the building products industry with positions previously held at Carter Lumber, 84 Lumber Company, United Building Centers and Stock Building Supply.
"I’m honored to have this opportunity to lead Gordon Lumber toward an even more successful future," says Leonard. "This dedicated team has great potential for continuing to grow our 146-year old company and serve the changing needs of our builder, remodeler and homeowner customers throughout the Western Lake Erie Basin.
"I look forward to leveraging our talented employees, outstanding reputation and the historic nature of the Gordon Lumber brand toward becoming the most agile and customer-focused company in our industry."
Gordon Lumber operates seven lumberyards in northwest Ohio (in Bellevue, Bowling Green, Fremont, Genoa, Findlay, Huron and Port Clinton.) The company also has a components and truss plant in Findlay along with a design and window gallery in Perrysburg. Annual sales are approximately $40 million.