Melvin Faircloth, a 59-year veteran of the LBM business and owner of City Lumber, Abilene, Texas, has been named the Lumber Dealer of the Year by the Lumbermen's Association of Texas and Louisiana (LAT). Faircloth will be honored at LAT's annual meeting April 7-9 in Fort Worth, Texas, where it also will recognize Kory Klein of Cedar Creek Texas as associate member representative of the year and induct Rufus Higginbotham, CEO of Higginbotham Holdings Ltd., as the group's next president.

Faircloth started in the lumber business in Abiline in 1952. In 1969, he bought what was left of City Lumber not long after an arsonist had set fire to the yard, torching 300,000 board feet of lumber, LAT said in a news release. Faircloth and his three sons salvaged what they could and began serving City Lumber's 1,000 customers. Today the business has five employees, one of them a granddaughter.

Klein has been affiliated with Cedar Creek since 1999. He worked part-time for his first five years while getting a bachelor of science degree from the University of Oklahoma, and then went fulltime with Cedar Creek in 2004. He became an outside salesman as Cedar Creek's Carrollton, Texas, branch in May 2006, was promoted to branch manager of the San Antonio distribution facility in April 2008, and in June 2010 was promted to general manager of Cedar Creek's San Antonio and Harlingen operations.

Duncan, the income president, is CEO of the Comanche, Texas-based holding company that owns 35 home center stores. The Higginbotham firm dates back to 1881, and Duncan is a great-grandson of one of the founders. He owned the Big Tin Barn locations in East Texas, bought the Higginbothm Brothers stores in October 1999, and acquired West Texas' Higginbotham-Bartlett stores in 2001.