84 Lumber names top procurement officer and seeks new CIO
March 9, 2017 | 10:31 pm CST
Mike McCrobie
EIGHTY FOUR, Pa.- 84 Lumber said it is adding new talent to help usher in an era of expansion.
The building materials, millwork and lumber supply firm showed a provocative add during the Super Bowl, which the firm says was the launch of its company-wide recruitment campaign. 
84 Lumber promoted Mike McCrobie to Chief Procurement Officer and says it also conducting a search for a Chief Information Officer (CIO).
McCrobie, a 20-year company veteran who started as a Manager Trainee in Star City, West Virginia, previously served as the Vice President of the National and Installed Sales Divisions. In his new role as CPO, McCrobie will be in charge of Purchasing, Inventory Management, Pricing, Cost Forecasting, and Delivery. McCrobie will be based at 84 Lumber’s Headquarters in Eighty Four, PA where he will be responsible for purchasing more than $2.5 billion of goods and services and managing $300 million of inventory.
“Mike’s exceptional knowledge of the business makes him the ideal candidate for this role,” said Maggie Hardy Magerko, President and Owner of 84 Lumber. “He understands every detail of how the flow of products and services either help or hinder our customers and associates. Whether it’s a store selling materials to a custom builder, a door shop selling to a regional builder or a component planet selling directly to a national builder, Mike knows that process better than anybody.”
As CPO, McCrobie will be focused on streamlining procurement systems and making it easier for stores to focus on what they do best – selling. McCrobie will also be collaborating with the new CIO to optimize all of 84 Lumber’s business tools and processes so that the company can continue to evolve and expand across the country. 84 Lumber is planning to open at least 15 new stores and hire more talent to staff those locations in 2017.
Founded in 1956, 84 Lumber Company is a large, privately held supplier of building materials, manufactured components, and services for single- and multi-family residential building and remodeling. 84 Lumber operates more than 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops, and engineered wood product centers in 30 states. A certified women’s business enterprise owned by Maggie Hardy Magerko, 84 Lumber was named as one of Forbes’ Best Midsize Employers in America 2016 and Forbes’ Largest Private Companies in America 2016.  www.84lumber.com.

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