L&W Supply, a unit of ABC Supply, plans to acquire Raleigh, N.C.-based Delta Gypsum, a seven-unit specialty dealer, specializing in drywall products, metal studs, ceiling products, and insulation. The dealer has six locations in North Carolina and a branch in Tennessee operating under the name Appalachian Gypsum.

L&W Supply, a specialty distributor of drywall, ceiling systems, steel framing, and other building materials, said the deal supports the company’s overall growth strategy and expands its footprint to serve pro contractors and builders in North Carolina and Tennessee. The transaction is expected to close at the end of the month.

With the acquisition, Chicago-based L&W Supply will operate 171 locations across 35 states. The distributor had a busy 2018, acquiring Wright Bros. Supply in California, Ace Supply in Montgomery, Ala., 15-unit NexGen Building Supply, DeFoor Acoustical in Georgia, and five-unit Indiana specialty dealer Rose & Walker Supply.