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Carter Lumber Combines Two Ohio Branches, Moves Another

Carter Lumber combined its operations in Medina and Akron, Ohio, rebranded the Akron facility as Carter Lumber, and moving its Sheffield Village, Ohio, yard into a new facility a few miles away in the Cleveland suburb of Elyria, Ohio. More

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Carter Lumber Shutters 26 Locations

Carter Lumber will close 26 locations in Indianapolis, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina. and Ohio. More

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Market Matters: Drawn to the Light

Three years ago, before housing's current "correction," Akron, Ohio, custom home builder Fred Zumpano took on a partner and forged a new division to focus on light commercial work, specifically medical office buildings and treatment centers. By the time the Akron housing market lost steam in late 2005, Zumpano's new venture was picking up the slack. "We were able toeasily translate our skill set to light commercial and provide a high level of service," says Zumpano, president of Fred Zumpano Design & Construction, referring to both the attention to detail and the client hand-holding he honed as a custom builder. "It now accounts for about half our work, and about 60% of our profits." More

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