LOS ANGELES - Lumber, flooring, trim and decking manufacturer Advantage Trim & Lumber, Buffalo, NY, will soon open a 50,000-square foot manufacturing and distribution facility near Los Angeles, establishing Wood Decking Inc. in Santa Fe Springs, CA.
Advantage Lumber also says it is purchasing another 70,000-square foot distribution and milling facility in the United States, and will disclose its newest location when the deal is finalized, expected at the end of May. The company says it intends to open several additional production and warehouse facilities to continue to offer factory direct decking to its growing domestic and international customer base. Advantage Trim & Lumber also sells into Canada.
Advantage Lumber, which operates 240,000 square feet of highly automated lumber, trim and flooring manufacturing (see slideshow of Gover, NC, and video below) at plants in Buffalo, and Grover, NC, and Brazil, as well as a Lakewood Ranch, FL distribution center for international sales, says the new plant will open within a few weeks, servicing California and West Coast contractors, designers, and homeowners. The area is experiencing a steady housing construction and remodeling recovery.
The Wood Decking, Inc. manufacturing and warehousing facility is installing brand new CNC molders and milling equipment for converting hardwood into pre-grooved, tongue and groove, and siding. “With decking stores closing from San Jose and San Francisco to Los Angeles and San Diego, we see a great opportunity to bring high-end, sustainable decking materials to the market at affordable pricing," says operations manager Rick Nevarez, "Having our own mills certainly makes my job easier from a competitive standpoint, product procurement, and quality control standpoint.”
Wood Decking, Inc. represents a shift in focus by Advantage, which says it is turning toward its hardwood decking operations. Selling direct and through its website, Advantage Trim & Lumber has owned and operated its production and distribution facilities since its founding in 1992 by Robert Pelc.
Its Brazilian lumber mills manufacture premium grade decking and lumber including ipe, cumaru, tigerwood, massaranduba, and garapa; products are compliant with the LACEY Act and the standards set by international agencies.