The Independent ProDealer of the Year

Espy Lumber of South Carolina wins as a team.
Espy Lumber
Espy Lumber has served the Carolina Lowcountry since 1958.

As the challenges of 2021 extend into the new year, a two-unit Hilton Head, S.C.-based pro dealer is continuing its focus on its values —  honesty, respect, friendliness, among them — and its customers.

And the results are award winning: Espy Lumber Co. has been named the 2022 “Independent ProDealer of the Year.”

The annual award, selected by the editors of HBSDealer in concert with the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, is designed to recognize a high-performance independent lumberyard (less than 5 locations) with a commitment to best practices and the best values of the lumber and building material industry.

“I would like to thank the committee on behalf of Espy for this recognition,” said Mike Reeves, president and general manager of Espy Lumber. “Although the past few years have been challenging, our goal as a team at Espy has always been to create a professional environment that allows us to serve our customers to become their supplier of choice in our market.”

Honorees are selected by HBSDealer and the NLBMDA.

Shortly after the opening of the first bridge connecting the mainland to Hilton Head Island, ESPY Lumber was founded in 1958. As the area boomed, so did the business.

Serving the Lowcountry from Hilton Head and also Okatie, S.C., the company spells out its vision clearly: “To be an enthusiastic team of professionals that is the contractor’s supplier of choice.”

Past honorees of the Independent ProDealer of the Year award include Dakota County Lumber Co. of greater Minneapolis (2021); and Townsend Building Supply or Dothan, Ala. (2020).

The ProDealer of the Year award ceremony will take place on April 1, as part of the March 29-April 3 ProDealer Industry Summit in Washington, D.C. Also to be recognized in the larger ProDealer of the Year category will be Hancock Lumber, based in Casco, Maine.

The upcoming Summit, hosted jointly by the NLBMDA and HBSDealer, provides and educational forum designed to promote the growth of lumber & building product dealers, distributors, wholesalers, and the manufacturers who supply them.

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