R.P. Lumber receives recognition in Illinois

The City of Edwardsville honors the prodealer for being one of the top employers in the region.
Edwardsville Mayor Art Risavy with R.P. Lumber co-founders Donna and Robert Plummer.
City of Edwardsville Mayor Tom Risavy with R.P. Lumber co-founders Donna and Robert Plummer.

R.P. Lumber announced that it was recently named as the City of Edwardsville, Illinois’ 2022 Large Business of The Year.

On March 7, R.P. Lumber President, CEO and founder Robert Plummer, accepted the award as presented by Mayor Art Risavy at the city’s annual economic forecast breakfast. 

Plummer was joined by his wife, Donna, other family members, and members of R.P. Lumber’s leadership team.

R.P. Lumber employs more than 700 people in communities across Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, including over 100 associates in Madison County, Illinois alone. 

The hardware and building materials retailer also supplies dozens of local homebuilders, remodelers, and handymen with the supplies they need for both commercial and residential building projects.

“It’s always nice to be recognized for our contributions to the communities we serve,” said Plummer. “We are honored to accept this award on behalf of our great team members, customers, vendors, and other partners.”

Plummer added that R.P. Lumber “looks forward to continuing to contribute to the economic growth of Edwardsville and all the communities we proudly serve for many years to come.”

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Since it founding in Illinois in 1977, R.P. Lumber had grown to more than 80 retail locations in five states.

Founded in 1977 in Staunton, Illinois by Robert and Donna Pummer, R.P. Lumber has grown its presence to over 80 in five states in the Midwest. The company also operates two truss manufacturing facilities, and a strong e-commerce platform.

“We truly are fortunate that R.P. Lumber calls Edwardsville ‘home’,” Risavy said. “Not only do they sustain hundreds of local jobs, but they also supply the building materials for many commercial and residential property developments in our area, which, in turn, employ dozens

more local construction contractors as well. R.P. Lumber has been a valued contributor to our region for over 46 years and remains a key player in the economic growth of our community.”

In addition to contributions to the local economy, R.P. Lumber and the Plummer family have been major supporters of multiple local charitable organizations and initiatives, including the recently-opened R.P. Lumber Center ice rink, as well as the 83-acre Plummer Family Sports Park. 

The two facilities have been utilized by thousands of families, sports, teams, and school groups in the community.

Additionally, R.P. Lumber operates 22 R.P. Home & Harvest farm and home retail locations across Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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