ProBuild Holdings, the nation's largest professional building materials supplier, announced today it is launching a new operation called ProBuild Specialty Building Products designed to provide specialty building products and hardware. The new unit will operate at first from facilities in Modesto and San Jose, Calif., and it will be led by Hal Look, a former executive at ORCO Construction Supply and current president of the Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association.

"We are confident that by leveraging ProBuild's supply chain and operational expertise, we can provide an attractive offering to customers seeking specialty building products and solutions," said Bill Myrick, ProBuild's chief operating officer.

"Providing a broad assortment of specialized products and a commitment to exemplary service, we will be able to meet our customer's needs for construction and building specialty products," Look said.

Denver-based ProBuild ranks first on this year's ProSales 100, with sales in 2008 of $4.4 billion, 87% of them to pros.