84 Lumber Opens Truss Plant in Central Ohio

Originally published by: HBS DealerAugust 6, 2020

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84 Lumber is continuing its expansion efforts in 2020 and has opened its latest truss plant in Mansfield, Ohio.

The facility is fully automated and outfitted with the latest design software, computerized saws and laser projection equipment, the pro dealer said. Mansfield is already building trusses and serve customers throughout the Columbus and Cleveland markets.

84 Lumber's latest truss plant in Mansfield, Ohio.

84 Lumber's latest truss plant in Mansfield, Ohio.

“The need for engineered and manufactured wood products is rapidly increasing in Ohio and across the country,” said Ken Kucera, vice president of installed sales and manufacturing at 84 Lumber. “We’re excited to be fulfilling that need and following through with our growth plans in 2020, and we have big plans to continue expanding throughout the rest of the year.”

By the close of this year, 84 Lumber will have 10 component plants. Five years ago, the company had four.

The Mansfield truss plant is 84 Lumber’s third component plant in its Central division. Future plants are planned for Richmond, Central Florida and a second facility in Charlotte.

84 Lumber also said that it is continuing its plans to open new stores in California, Idaho, and Michigan

To support and prepare for the company’s growth, 84 Lumber also launched a new hiring plan with the goal of hiring for more than 200 store and component plant positions by the end of the year. 

As part of the plan, 84 Lumber has set up a new retention bonus program for new Manager Trainees that sign on with the company now through Oct. 1. The program includes a bonus after 30 days of employment, another at three months and a final bonus at the end of six months. These bonuses are intended to help bridge new Manager Trainees into the 84 Lumber culture and incentive systems.

“If you’re looking for a great career where you can grow and move up quickly, come join us!” Kucera said. “We have positions opening up at our new plant in Ohio as well as various other locations around the country. If you commit to working hard for us, we will commit to you and your career as well.”