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American Builders Supply opens Tampa facility

BY Andy Carlo

Tampa, Fla. – American Builders Supply, the Florida division of Kodiak Building Partners, celebrated the grand opening of its Tampa door and window facility in Riverview, Florida.

Serving the greater Tampa market and roughly a 100-mile radius, the facility is focused on delivering turn-key — product plus installation — products and services including doors, trim, and windows to the single-family production builder and multi-family builder.

Operations here had previously been run out of a neighboring 57,000 square-foot facility. But in the past year, sales have increased 70%, prompting the need for the move to a larger, 116,000- square-foot facility.

After a four-month transition and construction period, American Builders Supply’s Tampa team began operating out of the new location in March. From this location, American Builders Supply is serving builders with a turnkey process that is a growing need for the builders in the region, says John Watts, general manager of the Tampa facility.

A labor shortage is also impacting the market, challenging builders to keep up with the demand for single-family homes.

“During the downturn 10 years ago, labor became readily available,” Kodiak Chairman Paul Hylbert told HBSDealer. “But labor is in a shortage again, and it’s a problem for the builder.”

John Watts cuts the ribbon in Tampa, Fla.

The American Builders Supply business model provides some breathing room in a market where “business is selling faster than builders can build the houses,” according to Mark Garboski, president of American Builders Supply.

Garboski notes that the Tampa market had about 16,000 single-family starts in 2017 and, aside from custom homes, the market provides a market share potential of about 13,000 single-family production homes.

In addition to turnkey window and door product lines, American Builders Supply also provides trusses and lumber.  In all, American Builders Supply operates 10 locations throughout the Florida market.

American Builders Supply was acquired by Kodiak Building Partners in a deal that was finalized last December.

Employees of the Tampa facility celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony with company executives Wednesday morning. “You have sacrificed nights and weekends to make this happen,” Watts told employees.

“What you’ve accomplished is unbelievable. You have an amazing team here,” said Steve Swinney, CEO of Kodiak Building Partners.

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G.Fillmer says:
Apr-26-2018 01:43 pm

very proud to see a company do well, i have been working out of this branch since they opened the doors. every quarter i see growth, i might become an employee one day i like the leadership ...

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