Building materials leader continues expanding component manufacturing capabilities
To help fill the increasing demand for engineered and manufactured wood products throughout the Mid-Atlantic, 84 Lumber announced its newest dedicated truss plant opening in Richmond, Va.
The new component plant, which will primarily manufacture wall panels, roof and floor trusses, is fully automated, outfitted with the latest design software, computerized saws, a trackless gantry system and laser projection equipment. The facility opens in March and expects to hire 25 associates this spring, with plans to grow to 60 employees within the next year.
“The state-of-the-art equipment we invested in is impressive and will help us build a high-quality, efficient product in a safe environment,” said Andrew Mihalik, general manager of the Richmond plant. “In addition to investing in the best equipment, we also separate ourselves from our competition by investing in our people. 84 Lumber’s extensive training program allows people, like myself, to grow from an entry level position to being responsible for an entire facility.”
Component manufacturing is an important part of 84 Lumber’s business. Manufacturing centers enable the company to support its customers and stores as well as give 84 Lumber associates even more opportunities for growth. The company has invested substantially in opening new facilities and upgrading equipment at existing locations over the past five years. As the company also continues to increase its presence westward, it expects to create component facilities within a number of planned new 84 Lumber stores.
“We are excited to open our newest component plant in Richmond because it fills a need for engineered and manufactured wood products in the area,” said 84 Lumber Area Manager Steve Benko. “The facility will help grow and strengthen our partnerships with new and existing customers.”
About 84 Lumber
Founded in 1956 and headquartered in Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, 84 Lumber Company is the nation’s largest privately held supplier of building materials, manufactured components and industry-leading services for single- and multi-family residences and commercial buildings. The company operates nearly 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops and engineered wood product centers in more than 30 states. 84 Lumber also offers turnkey installation services for a variety of products, including framing, insulation, siding, windows, roofing, decking and drywall. A certified national women’s business enterprise owned by Maggie Hardy Knox, 84 Lumber was named by Forbes as one of America’s Largest Private Companies in 2018 and 2020, and one of America’s Best Large Employers in 2019.
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