R.P. Lumber is acquiring Thorne Lumber Company, an independently-owned hardware and building materials retailer with three locations in northwestern Missouri. The transaction closed on May 31.

Thorne Lumber’s locations in Chillicothe, Cameron, and Plattsburg, Mo., bring R.P. Lumber’s store count to 20 in Missouri and 87 overall.

“Strategically, this is the right decision,” Pat Thorne, owner of Thorne Lumber, said. “Susan and I have been contemplating our next move for a few years now. We have worked very hard and very diligently to make sure we made the best decision and, as we have gotten to know R.P. Lumber and their team, this made the most sense for our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve.”

Thorne Lumber’s customer base is approximately 80% pro contractors and 20% homeowners. R.P. Lumber plans to work with the existing teams in place at the three stores while expanding the product mix and services offered in each respective market.

“Working with Pat and Susan has been a great experience,” Robert Plummer, R.P. Lumber president and CEO said. “Successfully integrating three locations at the same time takes a lot of hard work by many people and we could not be happier about the process. We are excited to welcome Thorne Lumber’s many great team members and customers to the R.P. Lumber team.”

Edwardsville, Ill.-based R.P. Lumber operates store locations in Illinois, Missouri, Wyoming, Iowa, Wisconsin, and South Dakota.