It’s been a long, strange trip for LS Building Products, but the East Peoria-based wholesale distributor will soon open its largest facility, an 80,000-square-foot, full-service operation near the I-55 and Sangamon Avenue exit in Springfield.
The LS Building Products Springfield operation will open in early August following two years of planning, negotiation and weather delays. The building will feature a huge, drive-through contractor loading area, a fleet of delivery trucks and a showroom with partially constructed house sections where homeowners can see what the firm’s products look like when installed.
“We will be showing a lot of the things that homeowners can’t normally see,” said Troy Reed, president of LS Building Products. “There will be all sorts of interior products, cabinets, Andersen and Marvin windows, and all of the trim stuff. Homeowners will be able to come down here to see and pick out the materials that are actually going into their home projects.”
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LS Building Products carries dimensional and engineered lumber, including trusses and wall panels; all types of siding; interior doors and millwork; stair parts; vinyl and aluminum fence and railings; roofing products; cabinets; and new and replacement vinyl and wood windows. The business will mainly serve residential and light commercial contractors, but its 3,500-square-foot showroom and on-staff designers will help homeowners with their own construction and renovation projects.
The Springfield facility at 3441 Lumber Ln., just behind the Road Ranger Truck Stop off of Camp Butler Road, will be LS Building Products’ eighth location. System-wide, the firm employs 190 people, and they will start with 14 employees in Springfield with plans to increase that figure to 35 to 40 employees in the next five years, Reed said.
Ten of the employees will come from the firm’s Virden operation, the former Garretson Lumber Company, which has made trusses for LS Building Products since 2016 and is being moved to the new Springfield location.
“It will be a full-service kind of a one-stop shop,” Reed said. “We will have drivers making deliveries within a 50 to 75 mile radius, warehouse personnel, sales people, tech designers, management, customer service and draft people designing homes and room additions.”
“We do well in the Peoria, Bloomington and Champaign markets and we feel it is an obvious next step to be in the Springfield area,” Reed said. “The construction market in Illinois in general is not going very well, but about 50% of our business is remodeling, so people who aren’t building new are remodeling homes. Since we supply both new construction and remodeling, we don’t have those heavy- duty downturns in our business.”