84 Lumber continued consolidation moves this morning with the announcement it closed nine more locations. About 64 employees are affected by the latest round, which includes yards in: Ocala, Fla.; Shelbyville, Ky.; Pocomoke City, Md.; Bolivar, Miss.; Circleville, Ohio; New Oxford, Pa.; Lynchburg, Va.; West Jordan, Utah; and Mount Hope, W.Va.
The closing in West Jordan leaves 84 Lumber with one location in Utah, the dealer's Spanish Fork yard. "It's been a slow attrition in the West," Jeff Nobers, 84 Lumber vice president of marketing and corporate communications, told ProSales. "Once you get beyond Texas, we've slowly been weeding out stores in the West."
Last week, 84 Lumber revealed that total sales for 2008 dropped by $1 billion from the previous year, to $2.1 billion. The Eighty Four, Pa.-based dealer had sales of $3.1 billion in 2007 and $3.92 billion in 2006.
The company has closed 80 stores and manufacturing facilities in the past year, and 190 locations in the past two and a half years.
Two years ago, 84 Lumber operated 450 locations and employed 9,500 people. Today, the dealer operates 310 yards and six component plants in 150 markets with about 4,800 employees.