Building Industry Partners unveils the new West Coast Lumber

The new California-based lumber and building materials platform includes a veteran cast of industry leaders.
West Coast Lumber has been established through four locations in Caifornia.
West Coast Lumber has been established through a series of California acquisitions.

What promises to be a new LBM powerhouse has risen in the West.

Building Industry Partners, the LBM industry-focused private equity investment firm, has launched its latest lumber and building materials platform.

The new West Coast Lumber (WCL) operates four locations in Southern and Central California with sights set on future expansion on the near horizon.

WCL’s Agoura Hills and Camarillo locations were established through the January 2022 acquisition of Roadside Lumber & Hardware.

Roadside has been a provider of lumber and building materials across Greater Los Angeles and Southern California for over 45 years, primarily serving professional contractors and custom homebuilders. 

West Coast Lumber also recently opened two new LBM facilities, one in Bakersfield and the other in San Diego to expand the company’s ability to service Southern and Central California.

 West Coast Lumber plans to eventually expand its product offering with truss, millwork, and other value-added component capabilities, the company said.

Based in Boston, BIP has been behind the launch of some of the industry’s largest LBM distributors and suppliers, including US LBM Holdings, Kodiak Building Partners, and Homewood Holdings, among others.

“We’re excited to formally announce our newest LBM platform and to begin building West Coast Lumber with management and the entire WCL workforce,” Matt Ogden, founder and managing partner of BIP, said in a statement issued by the company. “In addition to partnering with the exceptional leadership team at WCL, most of whom we’ve known for nearly two decades, we have assembled world-class regional and cross-sectoral business leaders around the organization to help us deliver value to current and future customers and become the employer-of-choice for the best and brightest in Southern California LBM."

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Ogden added that “It’s an honor to work with this team as well as BIP Operating Partners Maged Diab, Tony Ciampaglio, Peter Stroble, and Lonnie Schield on building a very special platform.”

Joe Lawrence, CEOof West Coast Lumber, draws on over 35 years of experience in the California LBM industry to lead the platform. 

He most recently served as senior vice president for the Southwest Region with Builders FirstSource and was previously president of Dixieline Lumber and Home Centers. 

Jim Stockman, president of West Coast Lumber, is another major veteran of the California LBM industry. 

He previously partnered with BIP on the firm’s creation of Homewood Holdings, its rapid growth, and successful exit to American Construction Source (ACS) in 2020. In turn, ACS was acquired by US LBM in 2021. 

BIP said the new West Coast Lumber leadership team is enthusiastic about the opportunity to grow a truly differentiated organization from the ground up and collaborate with BIP’s leadership and Operating Partners to establish an organization built on integrity and that offers a compelling LBM choice for customers, suppliers and employees.

BIP Operating Partners Tony Ciampaglio, Peter Stroble, and Lonnie Schield will serve on West Coast Lumber’s Board, and Maged Diab will serve as Board Chair. 

Diab previously served as president of MiTek USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. He brings over 28 years of experience successfully driving innovative customer value and scaling operations, with expertise in building thriving teams and cultures that are focused on creating lasting value for customers and stakeholders. 

As a previous owner and operator of many businesses including Arkay Supply, Mid-Cape Home Centers, and New England Building Supply,andpreviouslybuilding his career at Strober Organization and ProBuild,Ciampaglio is known for driving operational excellence and for generating world-class investment outcomes. 

Stroble previously served as Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer of Alta Forest Products, North America's largest manufacturer of fence boards, as well as President of Alta's predecessor, Welco Lumber Company. 

Schieldhas been a long-time operating partner with BIP and brings more than 40 years of experience in the Southern California building and construction industry. Previously, Schield served as head of The Terry Companies/Stock Building Supply, a $370 million LBM operation in Southern and Central California.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support and insight of our Operating Partners, and for the leadership, vision, and operational experience of the leadership team we have assembled at West Coast Lumber,”  said Justin Gilson, principal at BIP. “We are off to a running start and look forward to creating a differentiated experience for our customers and supporting our employees with meaningful development and growth opportunities.”

Holland & Knight LLP provided legal counsel and Fifth Third Bank and Siguler Guff provided debt financing to support the formation of the platform. 

Advisors involved in the creation of West Coast Lumber include SPP Capital Partners, Intrinsic, CBIZ Insurance Services, and DSG Benefits Group.