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Here’s the 2018 ProDealer of the Year

Drexel Building Supply’s stated mission: Supply Happiness.

BY Ken Clark

The 2018 ProDealer of the Year Award will honor Wisconsin-based Drexel Building Supply, a company known for embracing innovation and thinking differently. It’s slogan — “Supply Happiness” — reflects a people-oriented and high-energy culture that cares for its customers.

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

This year’s honoree was founded as Campbellsport Building Supply in 1985 and rebranded as Drexel Building Supply in 2012, Drexel Building Supply operates seven locations, including two design centers.  About 300 full-time employees run the operation. [Meet the Drexel Team here. All of them, from Aaron to Zach.]

The award will be presented at the 2018 ProDealer Industry Summit in Chicago, Oct. 17

“First and foremost I want to thank our team, our clients, our community, our vendors, the pro dealers nationally we work with, and this publication that has helped us get to this point in our company’s history,” said Joel Fleischman, whose official title is president and solutions provider.

“Secondly, we want to use this platform to call for radical change — a revolution — to improve our industry’s culture, promote women, minorities and racial diversity in our industry, seek with money and brain power true innovation, change and technology advancements, and remove the status quo climate of our pro dealers. We encourage leaders — and all of you with a passion to change the pro dealer climate are leaders — to join us! Big or small companies, individuals, or teams, from the north, south, east or west, join us in this movement.”

The T-shirt reads: “Drexel. Supply Happiness.”

The company will accept the award during an opening night ceremony of the 2018 ProDealer Industry Summit, slated for Chicago Oct. 17-19. The summit is hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and HBSDealer.

HBSDealer has recognized a ProDealer of the Year since 1997. Recent honorees include: Kuiken Brothers Co. of New Jersey (2017); T.H. Rogers Lumber Co. of Oklahoma (2016); Builders FirstSource (2015); and Meek’s Lumber (2014).

The 2018 honoree, ranks in the top 50 of the 2018 ProDealer Scoreboard.  The pro dealer is demonstrating its confidence in the building supply industry by constructing a new $2.1 million facility in Columbus, Wis. And as the company has successfully grown its business, it also believes the industry can achieve meaningful growth, as well.

“We want to quit celebrating growth for growth sakes, or solely awarding the bottom line,” Fleischman said. “We want to look for real change, real growth, real advancement in what we do as an industry.  I’ll buy the first drink as we discuss this at the ProDealer Industry Summit.  Please consider in joining us in the revolution!”

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