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Russell Building Supply expanding in Alabama

In Auburn, Ala., the dealer has broken ground on its 9th location.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Russell Do it Center and Russell Building Supply will open a new unit in Auburn, Ala. next spring.

Located on East University in Auburn, the 9-location company held a ground-breaking ceremony last month for what will be a relocation of an existing unit.

“With our transition to a full-service home center, we look forward to offering a completely new lineup of products including hardware, tools, plumbing, electrical, paint, as well as lawn and garden,” Kirby Scales, general manager of Russell Do it Center and Russell Building Supply, said in a statement issued by the pro dealer.

“Additionally, we are proud to offer a drive-through lumberyard for lumber and building materials for those looking for a convenient way to shop. While maintaining focus on the professional contractors and remodelers, our new location will also better allow us to serve the do-it-yourself customer,” Scales added.

According to David Sturdivant, chief operating officer and CFO of Russell Lands, Inc., the new location will offer a more efficient layout and easy access, “so our customers can get in and out more quickly.” stated David Sturdivant, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Russell Lands,

“We have been very blessed to be part of the growth of Auburn, as well as the surrounding area, and we look forward to being part of the community even more in the years to come,” Sturdivant said.

Russell Building Supply and Russell Do it Best is a subsidiary of Russell Lands. The dealer carries a complete assortment of lumber, building materials, doors, windows, millwork, hardware, tools, paint, lawn and garden, and electrical supplies.

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This article was updated and corrected to include the accurate store count for the company.

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Evolution at Howe Lumber

The Massachusetts dealer changes with the times as it serves pros and DIYers.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Family owned and operated since 1965, Howe Lumber has continued to transform its business while adapting to changes in the LBM landscape.

Located in East Brookfield, Mass., the 53-year old business consolidated back to a single unit operation after it decided to close its Main Street retail store two years ago. But Howe Lumber’s core location carries more than 40,000 products and has embraced the hardware store side of the business.

Catering to contractors and builders, Howe Lumber pursues the retail side while embracing walk-in and DIY customers. The dealer has also expanded its offerings to include grills and firepits.

An emphasis has also been placed on its kitchen and bath showroom, with Howe’s design team growing in recent years.

Lumber and high-end boards remain a core component to the Howe Lumber philosophy, however. More about the company, including co-owner Scott Norrie’s take on the business, can be read at Telegram.com.

 

 

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For something old, LP adds plenty of new

LP Building Products materials used in extensive remodel of Minneapolis Victorian home.

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LP Building Products was recently part of remodeling project that breathed new in a Victorian era home.

Stewart and Linda Herman’s net-zero house in Minneapolis, Minn. received an extensive makeover with Marc Sloot, senior associate at SALA Architects, choosing LP SmartSide Smooth Texture Lap Siding, Trim and Fascia to preserve the home’s historic aesthetic. The move ensured the durability needed to resist Minnesota’s harsh winters.

With the Hermans’ goal of preserving the traditional aesthetic in mind, Sloot sought alternative products to those he’d used in pervious projects.

“I saw LP SmartSide siding and asked the industry professionals’ opinions on it. They were all really positive in the things they had to say about LP SmartSide.” With this, Sloot decided to use LP SmartSide Smooth Texture Lap Siding, Trim and Fascia for the project,” Sloot says.

One of the ways Sloot strove for net-zero energy was through better insulation.

To increase the insulation, the entire outer “skin” of the home was removed. At that point, SALA needed to re-side the entire home. For architects like SALA interested in environmentally friendly builds, LP SmartSide products offered a responsible choice since they are sustainably sourced from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) materials.

Additionally, LP SmartSide products delivered a sought-after look that would embrace the historical look of the home, according to Sloot. “By using LP SmartSide siding, we could embrace and enhance the beauty that was already there,” he said.

The project was completed in Spring 2017 with the Hermans saying that their remodeled home has gone beyond their expectations, in part through the use of LP SmartSide engineered wood siding products.

“What we achieved is a 100% traditional look. It looks like a brand new 1907 house,” Stewart said.

 

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