Central PA Lumber Yard Chain Rebuilds Destroyed Panel and Truss Factory – with video

In January 2021, Fire Destroyed One Of The Country’s Oldest Wall And Panel Plants. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Allensville Planing Mill in PA, the plant I built all my walls and trusses from when I was a GC, is seeing a brand new 240,000 sq ft plant being built to replace the one that burned.

It was recently announced that Allensville Planing Mill (APM) was acquired by Your Building Centers (YBC). Rich Lender, President and CEO of YBC, reported, “We are looking forward to working with Joe Westover, Rob Morris, and the APM team to assure a smooth transition.”

Joe Westover, President of APM, said that YBC and APM are a great fit with their similar values and are pleased with the growth in career opportunities for current APM employees. Rob Morris, the APM CEO, looks forward to working with YBC and the APM Team, knowing that the new resources will only help to grow the APM business. APM and YBC have similar goals, cultures, and values in their respective markets, allowing for a continued commitment to providing exceptional products to customers. Rob stated this: “We are grateful to our Customers, Vendors, and Suppliers; this acquisition will continue to strengthen those relationships.” 

APM began in 1959 by Karl Westover and has been part of the Central PA Business Community for over sixty years. The organization has three True Value® Hardware and Building Supplies Stores and manufactures Roof Trusses, Wall Panels, and Floor Trusses.  “We are grateful for all those who have helped APM throughout the last sixty years – past and present APM Team Members, Vendors and Suppliers, and loyal Customers. I believe that the future for APM has never been stronger,” said Joe Westover. 

Your Building Centers (YBC) is a Pennsylvania company currently operating 17 convenient locations throughout central Pennsylvania. YBC serves contractors, builders, remodelers, and do-it-yourselfers with top-quality brand-name building products that they know and trust. YBC and its predecessor companies have been in business since the early 1900s. 

YBC operates the following locations under the Your Building Centers (YBC) name: Altoona, Bedford, DuBois, Everett, Huntingdon, Huntingdon Kitchen and Bath, Lock Haven, Milton, Muncy, Philipsburg, State College, Sunbury, and Williamsport. In addition to the 13 YBC branded locations, they operate as Berlin Lumber in Berlin, Klinger Lumber in Elizabethville, Robert G. Miller in Hanover, and Palmerton Lumber Company in Palmerton. YBC also owns and operates two manufacturing facilities: Keystone Truss and Manufacturing in Beech Creek and Berlin Lumber Truss in Berlin. All YBC companies are located within the state of Pennsylvania.

YBC employs around 375 people, was the nation’s 55th largest lumber building supply company in the country in 2020, and is the largest Pennsylvania employee-owned lumber and building material supplier.

If you would like more information or would like to schedule an interview, please contact Jeff Tressler, Vice President of Sales and Operations Western Division, at 814-946-4578 ext. 2970 or Rich Lender, President/CEO at 814-946-4578 ext. 2914

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Gary Fleisher

Gary Fleisher, “The Mod Coach”, has been entrenched in the offsite construction industry for most of his life. Having started his career in the lumber industry, Gary spent decades working with manufactured and modular home producers and homebuilders. For the past 15 years his blog and LinkedIn postings have introduced thousands to the benefits of factory-built construction and have served as a forum for industry professionals to share insights and perspectives. Gary lives in Hagerstown, MD with his wife, Peg.

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