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05/03/2022

Sparr Building & Farm Supply joins Nation's Best

Sparr operates four locations near the Orlando, Fla. market.
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Sparr sells lumber to both builders and ranchers.

Nation’s Best, the Dallas, Texas-based hardware and building supplies dealer, has acquired Sparr Building and Farm Supply.

Sparr Building and Farm Supply, operates four locations northwest of Orlando. The company joins Nation’s Best’s other Florida banners: Hall’s Hardware & Lumber and Panhandle Lumber & Supply, both located in the states Panhandle region.

“With two other Nation’s Best-owned stores already in Florida, the expanded presence that comes from Sparr Building and Farm Supply gives us a very strong foothold in the state,” said Chris Miller, president & CEO of Nation’s Best. “Their well-earned reputation as a one-stop-shop for farm supplies, hardware, and lumber is something we can learn from and build on in our other locations. And their best-in-class operational excellence and inventory management processes will strengthen our entire organization. We are excited to bring over 150 new employees to the Nation’s Best family who share our aligned culture and core values.”

As Sparr’s owners Paul and Sam Howard were planning to retire, the brothers sought out a partner who would value and continue to hone the best practices that drove them to become the largest farm and horse fencing supplier in the state, Nation’s Best said. 

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“The Nation’s Best team has shown us they see the importance of honoring the Sparr brand and our commitment to the communities we serve,” Paul and Sam Howard said in a press release. “Our family and our staff have committed their lives to delivering with excellence. We’re confident that our partnership with Nation’s Best will allow us to build on these accomplishments and grow the business even more in the region.” 

As part of Nation’s Best’s strategy, Sparr Building and Farm Supply will maintain operations under its existing name with its key leadership team overseeing company operations alongside Nation’s Best, which will provide the strategic and financial support necessary to drive optimal growth and profitability.

“I’m proud that the Howard family has put their trust in us to build on the great traditions they’ve established. And we’re pleased to have the family’s involvement continue, with Sam’s son Chris overseeing the Sparr division within Nation’s Best, and Chris’ wife Kandis continuing to contribute to various functions within the company, including operations, human resources, and recruiting,” added Miller. 

Nation’s Best is a member-owner of Do it Best and operates about 30 locations. Financial terms of this acquisitions were not disclosed. 

Earlier this year, the dealer acquired Weiss Do it Best Lumber of Perryville, Ark. and Woodland Building Center in Springville, Ariz.

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