Gordon Lumber consolidates locations, expands component operations

Erin Leonard
Gordon Lumber President Erin Leonard

FREMONT, Ohio — Gordon Lumber Holdings Company has consolidated two retail operations into Gordon’s surrounding contractor yards, as well as expanded its component operations, and promoted three key individuals to executive roles. The moves are part of Gordon’s “go forward growth strategy,” the company announced.

Gordon Lumber is “realigning its business focus to meet ongoing evolutionary trends in the building products sector,” the company says. As a result, the operations at its limited service Bellevue and Bowling Green lumberyards will be consolidated into full-line contractor and retail lumberyards in Fremont, Genoa, Huron and Port Clinton. The company is reallocating additional resources into the full line lumberyards in order to support growth, expand product and service offerings and provide best in class customer service to its core markets. This change follows years of centralizing pro-sales and service out of its main line lumber yards.

Capital investments made the last several years in Gordon Components, based in Findlay, Ohio, as well as by Gordon’s Michigan joint venture partner, Gordon Components MI, have delivered significant and sustained product sales and earnings growth, the company says. “Further strategic expansion of these businesses will be included as part of a multi-year plan to meet the needs of the growing components and sub components sector. Gordon Components designs, manufactures, and delivers TPI certified high-quality components for both professional contractors and suppliers. Exponential expansion in this business has demonstrated potential significant future growth opportunities.”

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Erin Leonard, president of Gordon Lumber has announced the following executive promotions:

• Derek Cowen becomes vice president and general manager of Gordon Components.
• Justin Tracy becomes vice president operations at Gordon Lumber.
• Michael Kuntz becomes vice president sales of Gordon Lumber.

“You don’t stay in business for 150 years unless you grow with the times,” said Leonard. “The housing industry has adopted and embraced components as the way of the future and Gordon Components will be there to support and serve the continued growth in this sector. Additionally, the pro-sales retail businesses have shifted to a model of fewer and larger distribution points that cover more geography, offer more services and are centers of excellence to serve consumers and professional contractors in our core markets.”

Gordon Lumber Holdings Company, a member for the LBM Century Club, currently operates four home center/lumberyards, a contract/installed sales business and a component manufacturing facility in Ohio and Michigan. Locations include Findlay, , Fremont, Genoa, Huron and Port Clinton in Ohio and Saline Mich. The corporate offices are in Fremont.