Powell Valley Millwork acquires Metrie Poplar facility
December 10, 2019 | 6:31 pm UTC
With the acquisition of Metrie Poplar, Powell Valley Millwork now operates two facilities with more than 320,000 square feet under roof, employing more than 220 Kentuckians.

LEXINGTON, KY –Powell Valley Millwork has acquired the Metrie Poplar manufacturing facility located in Jeffersonville, Kentucky, in a move that greatly expands the capacity of Powell Valley Millwork and also returns the company to its roots.

“We are proud to report the purchase of this site and are excited about the added capacity and opportunities on the horizon,” said Jimmy Thornberry, president of Powell Valley Millwork. “With 125,000 square feet under roof, the facility is located 30 minutes east of Lexington and is similar in scope to our Clay City location. We believe it makes an excellent addition to our growing company.”

Jimmy Thornberry, president of Powell Valley Millwork.

“Separated by only 12 miles, the business will operate both facilities under the Powell Valley banner and utilize the natural synergies between the two so that the company can meet the needs of a diverse customer base across North America,” he said. Jimmy Thornberry was highlighted as a Woodworking Industry Market Leader in FDMC magazine this year.

“In addition to adding more volume potential for our existing customers, we will maintain current supply through the Metrie distribution network as well as all direct customers from this location,” he added. “Our goal is to ensure the transition is seamless to the customer.”

Powell Valley Millwork, a wholesale manufacturer of Poplar mouldings and millwork, is owned by Jimmy Thornberry, Jim Thornberry, Michael Thornberry, Brian Lambert, and Dale Budke.

Michael Thornberry, vice president, Powell Valley Millwork.

Michael Thornberry explained some of the family history behind the Metrie acquisition. “My father and grandfather developed this land forming our first millwork business here in the 1990s,” Michael said. “We sold the business to Metrie in 2007 and are now proud to report we closed on the assets at the end of November. To say we are excited is an understatement. Returning home to Jeffersonville is an exciting opportunity for us to continue our growth and work alongside many skilled folks we have known for years.”

Michael Thornberry was named as a 2019 honoree in the Woodworking Network 40 Under 40 competition to honor the next generation of woodworking industry leaders.

With the acquisition, Powell Valley now operates two facilities with more than 320,000 square feet under roof, employing more than 220 Kentuckians.

For more information about Powell Valley, please visit www.pvmillwork.com


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