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R.P. Lumber heads west, adding two Wyoming locations

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — R.P. Lumber, a home improvement company with 69 locations, has announced the acquisition of Build-Rite Lumber and Supply, with two locations serving the communities of Carbon County, Wyoming. Build-Rite, founded in 1963 with locations in Rawlins and Saratoga, Wyoming, serves a diverse customer base of homebuilders, contractors, and do-it-yourselfers.

The two new locations will be the first for R.P. Lumber outside of Illinois and Missouri. As part of R.P. Lumber’s acquisition strategy, Build-Rite will operate under the R.P. Lumber brand with key team members continuing at the company.

R.P. Lumber
(LBM Journal file photo)
R.P. Lumber is a true family business, with siblings Jennifer (far left), Jason (second from left) and Julie (far right) joining parents Donna and Robert in running the company.

“This is our first acquisition in Wyoming and we could not be more pleased to welcome Build-Rite Lumber and Supply’s great team to the R.P. Lumber family,” said Robert Plummer, president & CEO of R.P. Lumber. “Build-Rite Lumber and Supply is an excellent fit for our company and we are excited to serve the people of Southern Wyoming. The Olson family built a wonderful business and we are truly humbled that they have given us the opportunity to build on their legacy. R.P. Lumber is also family-owned and our companies share similar cultures and values.”

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Steve Olson, president of Build-Rite Lumber and Supply, added, “This was a very important decision for our family. We wanted to make sure that our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve would be in good hands. In selling to R.P. Lumber and the Plummer family, we know that will be the case. We’re very proud of the company our family built and we’re excited to see what the future brings.”

The transaction closed on June 26, 2020, with June 27, 2020 serving as the official first day of R.P. Lumber doing business in the Cowboy State.

R.P. Lumber Co., Inc. is a full-service retail home center and building materials supplier. The company also owns a truss manufacturing operation in central Illinois and operates an e-commerce platform ( and offering nearly 100,000 items. Based in Edwardsville, Illinois, R.P. Lumber was founded in January 1977 by Robert L. Plummer in Staunton, Illinois. Since then, the company has grown to a physical presence in 71 locations throughout Illinois, Missouri, and Wyoming, and serves customers in numerous other states including Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

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