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Always Responsive S LAVALLEY BUILDING HAS SPENT FIVE DECADES COMING UP WITH SOLUTIONS TO ITS CUSTOMERS’ NEEDS. ee the need, provide the service. That business philosophy brought Newport, N.H.-based LaValley Building Supply (LBS) from humble beginnings 50 years ago to its current stature as the largest independently owned building materials supplier in Vermont and New Hampshire. Founded by Harold LaValley and his wife, Gerry, LaValley Building Supply prides itself on its commitment to company evolution. Formally known as LaValley-Middleton Building Supply Inc., the nearly 500-person company has 10 locations throughout the Twin States and is known for its manufacturing capacities – everything from windows and doors, cabwww.lavall inets and countertops, to roof and floor trusses, wall • Headquar panels and even modular homes. The company • Employee ters: Newport, N.H. that started in 1962 in an 800-square-foot aban• Specialty s: 500 doned sawmill shed explains that it has become a : Building materials su model of lumber industry vertical integration. p Residential | LAVALLEY BUILDING SUPPLY LaValley B uilding Supply Decades of Service Second-generation President Larry Huot says LaValley's approach to business has always been proactive and built around the needs of customers. It is a combination that gives the company significant differentiation and a competitive edge in regional markets served with both independent and box-store competition. “We strive to provide services that make our customers' jobs easier,” Huot says. “From design and technical expertise, knowledge of codes and regulations, the newest and highest-quality materials, and fabrication of building components, LaValley Building Supply is a full-service solutions provider.” LaValley Building Supply is a forward-thinking company with its eye on the horizon to ensure it offers the best products and services possible. But as it celebrates its 50th year in business, Huot is taking time to look back on where the company has been. “The company has come a long way since it first started,” Huot says. “Harold and Gerry LaValley are exceptional in their vision and commitment.” “We s ri that mtakvee to provide servic plier easier.” –Laour customers' j es obs rry Huot , president LaValley Building Supply considers itself a model of lumber industry vertical integration. « manufacturing operations included trusses and wall panels. The introduction of manufactured panels marked a revolution in standard industry practices, including the way that LBS sold house packages. By the early 1970s, LaValley Building Supply’s expertise in building components had made it the go-to place for building packages designed for multistory family dwellings, apartment buildings, condominiums, commercial structures, schools and churches. The company's business traffic grew such that, by the end of 1974, LBS had become one of the top-50 single lumberyard operations in the nation in terms of dollar sales. Full-Service Provider In addition to LaValley Building Supply’s manufacturing services, the company also prided itself on design services and its well-stocked retail store. In 1975, the year that LBS made its first business acquisition with a lumberyard in Claremont, N.H., the company joined the Lumberman's Merchandising Corp. (LMC) The decision was strategic and simple: by pooling buying with the nearly 150 other building material dealers east of the Mississippi River, LaValley could achieve large trade discounts. Today, the LMC buying cooperative has 300 members with a combined purchasing power of more than $15 billion. This gives LBS the buying power equivalent to big, national chains and an ability to offer prices that are often lower. LaValley's renown as a full-service, high-quality and low-cost building materials provider spread. Through the 1980s, the company expandSEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM Focus on Manufacturing Harold LaValley got his start in the lumber industry as a contractor salesman at a small lumberyard in a neighboring town. He was 30 years old in 1962 when he started thinking that there was a better way to meet the lumber and building materials needs of a rapidly growing region. Recognizing how difficult it was for builders to be profitable with standard building practices, LaValley became a strong proponent of manufacturing. He believed that the more services that could be performed in a controlled environment, the greater consistency, predictability and profitability for all. Beyond LaValley Building Supply's capacity to manufacture pre-hung windows, doors, cabinets and countertops, the company’s most prolific 57 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - September/October 2012
Construction Law
Green Construction
Best Practices
Lighting Technology
HDC Development Cos.
NorthPoint Development
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank – Moffett Towers
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Howard S. Wright – Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center
Rommel Cos.
NOW Specialties Inc.
NOW Specialties Inc.
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
Victor International
Starwood Land Ventures
LaValley Building Supply
Congress Construction
McCormack Baron Salazar Inc.
Related California – The Village at Santa Monica
Ricco Construction
Taisei Construction Corp.
WPM Construction
WPM Construction – WR Sage West Apartments
Flagger Force
Miami International Airport – North Terminal improvements
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Hydrema US Inc.
CARCON Industries
Dennis’ 7 Dees
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc.
International Airport Development Co. Ltd. – Argyle International Airport
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
Morrison Hershfield – Newfoundland
APEX Block Corp.
Teqton Inc. U.S.
Dakota Transload
Empyrean Services
West Side Tractor Sales Co.
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI field building
Kohler Ronan LLC
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
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