ProBuild, the largest U.S. pro dealer, has revealed that it will consolidate and close three Florida locations.
The Denver-based dealer will close its Punta Gorda truss facility near Port Charlotte, which is a combination lumber yard and truss operation. ProBuild spokeswoman Carolyn Atkinson said the closing is a result of last October's acquisition of CTX Builders Supply.
The Punta Gorda location will be combined with another former CTX location in Plant City, which will serve the greater Tampa area. Most Port Charlotte employees will transfer to Plant City, the company said.
A Naples yard that served southern Florida and Fort Myers will also be closed. The area will be served from another yard in Port Charlotte. About 12 employees will be impacted by the closing.
A St. Petersburg facility that was part of ProBuild's acquisition of HD Supply earlier this year, will be closed as well. The company already has yards in Clearwater and Tampa, both within a 10 mile radius, which will allow ProBuild to serve St. Petersburg. The company said 29 employees will be impacted.
In all cases, every attempt is being made to retain employees at other ProBuild yards as it makes sense for ProBuild and the employee, Atkinson said in an email to ProSales.
"ProBuild is perpetually reviewing how to best size the business to meet market needs. We do this as a regular course of business despite market conditions,"Atkinson wrote in the email.
ProBuild ranked first in the 2008 ProSales 100 with 2007 total sales of $5 billion. The dealer operates about 550 locations across the country.