EIGHTY FOUR, Pa. – With aggressive expansion plans in place, growth potential at an all-time high and a magnified focus on technology, 84 Lumber recently appointed industry veteran Paul Yater as chief information officer (CIO).

Yater, based out of 84 Lumber’s headquarters in Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, will be responsible for advancing 84 Lumber’s technology infrastructure. He will be tasked with optimizing the company’s network to support 84 Lumber’s planned growth and expansion. As CIO, Yater will be accountable for all facets of 84 Lumber’s information technology operations while also serving as a key member of the company’s executive leadership team.

“The evolution of technology in the building materials industry is reshaping how we do business,” said 84 Lumber president and owner Maggie Hardy Magerko. “Paul’s vast experience with global organizations will allow us to redesign our digital and technology offerings to operate at an even higher level.”

Yater most recently served as senior vice president and chief information officer at GNC. His prior experience spans nearly 25 years and includes roles such as vice president of application development at Dick’s Sporting Goods, business systems manager at Heinz and consultant at IBM. He is a graduate of the Joseph M. Katz School of Business, where he earned his MBA in strategy and information systems, and earned his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College.

Yater’s hiring comes on the heels of Mike McCrobie's appointment to chief procurement officer. Maintaining its commitment to its employees, 84 Lumber also recently honored the performance of nearly 30 individuals including the company’s first-ever Rookie of the Year, newcomer Al Whitehead.