84 Lumber, the largest privately-held building materials wholesaler in the U.S., will reopen a St. Augustine, FL store, closed at the depths of the downturn in 2011. Serving professional residential and commercial contractors, "We were always optimistic of being able to return as the housing market rebounded,” says 84 Lumber president Maggie Hardy Magerko. 
 
Housing starts have rebounded in the area, with the Jacksonville Business Journal reporting 7,700 permits issued in the five-county region - St. John’s, Duval, Clay, Putnam and Flagler counties - last year. Of those, 2,800 were in the county where the store is reopening. 84 Lumber divisional VP Mark Ingersoll said the company likes to have about 2,000 starts in an area around a store. 

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84 Lumber Custom Door Production

Watch how 84 Lumber builds custom interior and exterior doors by the dozen in its Taverse, FL plant.


84 Lumber, based in Eighty Four, PA, operates more than 250 stores, plus component plants, door shops and kitchen and bath design centers in 30 states and employs more than 4,200. 84 Lumber’s Installed Sales Division offers both residential and commercial contractors turnkey material/labor packages for the installation of framing, roofing, windows, doors, trim, insulation, drywall, and cabinets.
 

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