ProBuild, the Denver-based LBM giant, confirmed today that it is in discussions to possibly acquire Harbert Lumber, a Grand Junction, Colo.-based LBM operation that closed on March 30, according to an article in the Grand Junction Free Press. ProBuild currently operates a business office and lumberyard in Grand Junction on Riverside Parkway.
"I can confirm that ProBuild and Harbert Lumber are currently discussing a possible transaction," said ProBuild's director of marketing Carolyn Atkinson in an e-mail. She also said no additional information was available at this time.
No one from Harbert Lumber could be reached regarding the closure or discussions with ProBuild. A voicemail for the Grand Junction location said the company was closed for the weekend, but did not say if or when it would re-open.
Harbert Lumber operated four facilities within Colorado: Grand Junction, Aspen, Steamboat Springs, and Glenwood Springs. According to the company's website, it was founded in 1937 by Glenn Harbert who retired in 1970 leaving his son, Ty Harbert, in charge. Gordon Harbert, Ty's son, took over the family business in 1990 and has run it since then.
ProBuild was originally No.1 on 2010's ProSales 100 survey, but has since lost the top spot to ABC Supply following its acquisition of Bradco Supply. ProBuild currently operates 454 facilities around the country and has over 10,000 employees.