84 Lumber Opens Fully Automated Truss Plant

Originally published by: HBS DealerFebruary 18, 2021

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84 Lumber announced today that it has opened its newest dedicated truss plant opening in Richmond, Va.

Group of 84 Lumber employees holding a roof truss

84 Lumber team members open the dealer's new Richmond, Va. truss facility.

To latest facility will fill the increasing demand for engineered and manufactured wood products throughout the Mid-Atlantic, the pro dealer said.

The new component plant will primarily manufacture wall panels, roof and floor trusses. 84 Lumber also said that the plant is fully automated and is outfitted with the latest design software, computerized saws, a trackless gantry system and laser projection equipment. 

The facility officially opens in March and expects to hire 25 associates this spring. Plans call for the facility to grow to 60 employees within the next year.

“The state-of-the-art equipment we invested in is impressive and will help us build a high-quality, efficient product in a safe environment,” said Andrew Mihalik, general manager of the Richmond plant. “In addition to investing in the best equipment, we also separate ourselves from our competition by investing in our people. 84 Lumber’s extensive training program allows people, like myself, to grow from an entry-level position to being responsible for an entire facility."

The new 84 lumber building

84 Lumber said that it expects to grow its employee base to 60 associates at its latest truss plant.

Component manufacturing is an important part of 84 Lumber’s business, the company said. 

Manufacturing centers enable the company to support its customers and stores as well as give 84 Lumber associates even more opportunities for growth. The company has invested substantially in opening new facilities and upgrading equipment at existing locations over the past five years. As the company also continues to increase its presence westward, it expects to create component facilities within a number of planned new 84 Lumber stores.

“We are excited to open our newest component plant in Richmond because it fills a need for engineered and manufactured wood products in the area,” said 84 Lumber Area Manager Steve Benko. “The facility will help grow and strengthen our partnerships with new and existing customers.”

Based in Eighty Four, Pa., 84 Lumber operates 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops and engineered wood product centers in more than 30 states. 

84 Lumber also offers turnkey installation services for a variety of products, including framing, insulation, siding, windows, roofing, decking and drywall.