More closings at 84 Lumber

The building downturn has resulted in further cuts at 84 Lumber, which confirmed the closing of five additional stores in the last seven days. The locations are: Austintown, Ohio (near Youngstown); Sandusky, Ohio (in the Cleveland area); Lakeville, Ind.; Riviera Beach, Fla; and Chelsea, Ala. (The Chelsea unit was located across the street from a new 84 Lumber store and had been used as additional space.)

The Eighty-Four, Pa.-based lumberyard chain, which ranked No. 3 on the Home Channel News Pro Dealer Top 350 Scoreboard, also closed two truss plants, in McFarland, Wis., (in the Madison market) and Knoxville, Tenn., during the past week.  

Areduction in head count has also been made at the corporate level; 28 positions were eliminated over the past three weeks. “There were cuts across the board, but most were in purchasing,” Jeff Nobers, vp-marketing and public relations, told Home Channel News. Director of purchasing Mitch Wagner still oversees approximately 40 people in the purchasing department, which was consolidated this past March, Nobers added.

84 Lumber now operates 329 stores and eight component plants in 161 markets in the United States, covering 37 states.