84 Lumber announced plans to fill more than 200 store positions across the country by the end of the third quarter. The Eighty Four, Pa.-based dealer operates nearly 250 locations in over 30 states while looking to expand within new and existing markets.
“Housing has proven to be more essential and important than ever before, which is why we need your help,” chief information officer and head of human resources Paul Yater said in a news release.
As part of the company’s new hiring plan, 84 Lumber has set up a retention bonus program for new manager trainees that sign on with the company through October 1, 2020. The program includes a bonus after 30 days of employment, another at three months, and a final bonus at the end of six months. The bonus program is designed to bridge new manager trainees into 84 Lumber’s culture and incentive systems. Yater said the company has piloted the program in several markets since July 2019 and the dealer has seen an increase in its retention rate.
84 Lumber said associations begin their careers as manager trainees before being allowed to work up the ladder. After attending training and completing the self-paced learning program, the dealer rewards employees with career advancement and eligibility for promotion.
“A company is only as good as its people, and we’re extremely proud of our hard-working associates and the growth opportunities we’ve been able to open up around the country,” Yater said.
84 Lumber has already opened two facilities in 2020, a door shop and engineered wood products center in South Carolina and a components manufacturing plant in New Britain, Pa. The dealer is moving forward with other expansion plans and has a Mansfield, Ohio, components plant under construction. The company is also moving forward with plans to expand into Stockton, Calif., Boise, Idaho, and Detroit, Mich.
84 Lumber was the fourth largest company on the 2020 ProSales 100. The dealer operates nearly 250 stores, components manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops, and engineered wood product centers in more than 30 states.