Carter Lumber opened its first store in the Atlanta market after buying the Athens Building Supply facility in Winder, Ga., in a move coming just weeks after the Kent, Ohio-based dealer closed 26 facilities, mostly throughout the Midwest.

Athens had operated in the Atlanta market for more than three decades. Carter opened the store today under the Carter Lumber name.

“Carter Lumber is not chasing trends or building permits, but rather developing markets with opportunities inside or very near our successful footprint,” says president Jeff Donley. “One of the most important parts of entering a new market is ensuring that we have quality people from the lumberyard industry who understand our business platform, know the market, and the customers.”

The new management team for the Atlanta operation will consist of Brian Massie as district manager, J.R. Whitfield as sales manager, and Russell Kozlowski as general manager. Massie has 22 years LBM experience and Whitfield has 30.

“We look for locations that can support the growth of our core business of lumber and millwork and logistically can service the market,” says Kip Gleckler, senior VP of field operations. “This facility does both with 20 acres, 150,000 sq. ft. under roof and is in close proximity to the Atlanta metro market.”

Carter Lumber ranked 12 on the 2012 ProSales 100 with $808.4 million in sales in 2012, 86% ($695.2 million) to pros. The company operates 144 locations in 12 states: Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.