LBM Journal Names Three Winners in 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Program

LAKEVILLE, Minn., Jan. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- LBM Journal, the leading magazine for lumberyards and building material dealers in the nation, has announced three winners in their annual Entrepreneur of the Year Program for 2018.

Stine Lumber, headquartered in Sulphur, La., has received the award in the category of "Sales Over $50 Million." Wehrung's Lumber & Home Center, headquartered in Ottsville, Pa., is the winner in the category of "Sales of $10 Million to $50 Million." And, Limeberry Lumber & Home Center, headquartered in Corydon, Ind., has received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2018 in the category of "Sales of Under $10 Million."

"As we reported in our January 2018 issue of LBM Journal, these three businesses all exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit," says Rick Schumacher, editor and publisher of LBM Journal. "They each excel at satisfying customers, successfully seeking out new business opportunities, enthusiastically implementing production and procedural improvements, and going all-in to embrace these enhancements to achieve business growth.

"These three family-owned businesses showcase what dedication, innovation and enthusiasm can do for moving a company forward toward success. These companies embrace growth opportunities that truly enhance their businesses."

Stine Lumber

Stine Lumber is a second-generation family-owned business led by an ownership group of six brothers. Additionally, seven grandchildren of the original owner, JW Stine, are involved as third-generation members of the business, which employs 850 associates.

Stine Lumber operates 12 business locations dedicated to serving professional builders, contractors and remodelers, plus the do-it-yourself interests of consumers. Dennis Stine, CEO of Stine Lumber, says the company's ongoing retail and pro builder success has been guided by the core values that have shaped the family business over the years: Faith, family, community, integrity, passion, service, accountability and safety.

To successfully keep the business growing, Stine says the company has learned the difference between servicing different groups of customers. "Retail is detail," says Stine, "Pro is all about relationships. We make it as easy as we can for the customer, whether they're pro or consumer."

Stine Lumber operates locations throughout Louisiana in Abbeville, Alexandria, Breaux Bridge, Crowley, Deridder, Iowa, Jennings, Lake Charles, Natchitoches, Sulphur and Natchez. Some stores include showrooms, drive-through yards and garden centers.

Wehrung's Lumber & Home Center

Started in 1946, Wehrung's Lumber & Home Center is a third-generation business that employs 100 associates in four locations. Started as a contractor yard and growing later to a lumber and home center location, over the past decade additional businesses have been launched. These include a specialties wood store, a satellite hardware store, a precast and construction supplies location plus a marketing and promotions company.

Under the direction of company president Jason Wehrung, extensive advancements have taken place, including the acquisition of a competitor's hardware store and the launching of a customer advisory board.

"We're in the business to help our customers grow," says Wehrung. "Whatever we can do to help them grow is our goal. We just always try to be the simplest place to do business."

Wehrung's serves in Ottsville as a lumber and millwork supplier, with an enclosed drive-thru lumberyard, as well as a retail home center. Knowledgeable and experienced staff assist customers in the Kitchen Design, Rental Centers and Landscaping Departments.

Limeberry Lumber & Home Center

Started in 1959, Limeberry Lumber & Home Center began with roofing and siding contract work and has grown into two separate retail locations. The third-generation family company owns a state-of-the-art showroom and expansive lumberyard. A separate business, Limeberry Home & Hardware, is located in Floyds Knobs. Both operations are dedicated to serving the needs of building industry professionals and consumers.

"We can take orders from both locations and make deliveries from the lumberyard," says Scott Limeberry, president of Limeberry Lumber & Home Center. "We're invested in our customers, and the lives of our employees. We enjoy coming to work and enjoy working together."

About LBM Journal

            Founded in 2003, LBM Journal has established itself as a leading magazine serving the lumber/building material distribution channel. Armed with decades of real-world experience, LBM Journal's editorial team delivers practical insights on topics ranging from sales/margins and operations to green building and selling to remodelers. LBM Journal hosts LBMJOBS.com, an industry job search tool, and created The LBM Century Club to honor LBM dealers who have been in business, serving their communities, for 100 years or more.

            Published 11 times per year and available both in print and digitally, LBM Journal also produces the LBM Alert and LBM Product & Services Showcase e-newsletters. To learn more, visit www.LBMJournal.com.

Media Contact: Kathy Ziprik, Ziprik Consulting, 828-890-8065, ZiprikPR@gmail.com

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