Kuiken Brothers breaks ground on ninth location

Kuiken Brothers, the eight-unit chain of New Jersey lumberyards and design centers, broke ground on a lumberyard last month in Succasunna, N.J., a community in Roxbury Township. The 12-acre facility, built on the site of a Wickes lumberyard destroyed in a fire many years ago, will encompass 130,000 square feet of covered storage. Kuiken Brothers already operates a 6,000-square-foot design center, KB Concepts, on the same site.

“This has been on the drawing board for five years,” company president Doug Kuiken told Home Channel News. “There aren’t many sites in New Jersey where you can get approval to build a lumberyard with outdoor storage.” The drive-through facility will carry dimensional lumber, panels, engineered wood products, windows, doors, decking and other building materials. Because of its centralized location, the new lumberyard will serve Kuiken’s customer base—primarily custom builders and remodelers—in five New Jersey counties.

The Succasunna yard also includes a rail spur that has been inactive for more than a decade. Kuiken intends to use rail service to purchase lumber directly from mills, making Succasunna a distribution point for the chain’s other lumberyards.

Last month’s ground breaking follows on the heels of a June acquisition, where Kuiken Brothers purchased Lumber 1, a home center in Roseland, N.J. “We look at geographic areas and territories that would add to the overall value of what we do,” explained Kuiken. “Lumber 1 was in a new market for us. It [marked] our first entry into Essex County.”

Ranked No. 58 on the HCN Top 350 Pro Dealer Scoreboard, Kuiken Brothers serves the northern New Jersey and southern New York markets from Fair Lawn, Emers on, Midland Park, Ogdensburg, Wantage, Garfield, Succasunna, Roseland and Warwick. Revenues in 2007 were $130 million.