Parr Lumber

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Parr Lumber
Type Private
Industry Building materials, retail
Founded 1930
Headquarters Hillsboro, Oregon, USA
45°33′39″N 122°54′32″W / 45.5607°N 122.909°W / 45.5607; -122.909Coordinates: 45°33′39″N 122°54′32″W / 45.5607°N 122.909°W / 45.5607; -122.909
Number of locations 38 stores
Products Building material, lumber
Revenue $372.7 million (2007)
Employees 740
Website Parr Lumber

Parr Lumber Company Inc. is a lumber and building supplies dealer based in Oregon.[1] The Hillsboro, Oregon, based company has 38 locations in Oregon and Washington and is the 18th largest residential building supplies dealer in the United States.[2]

History[edit]

Parr Lumber started in 1930 when Dwight Parr purchased a lumberyard in Vancouver, Washington.[3][4] By 1998, the company had grown to 13 stores with annual revenue of $243 million in sales.[5] In 1999 Parr Lumber purchased six lumber yards from Copeland Lumber to bring the total number of stores to 19.[5] The company started a special "Ladies Night" program in 2003 that focuses on helping female customers with home improvement training.[4] Some of Parr’s locations are represented by the Teamsters Union. In 2004, the company and the union fought a public relations campaign over the negotiations for a new contract.[6]

By 2005 Parr had grown to 31 locations and annual revenues of $417 million.[7] This made them the 19th largest residential construction supplier in the country.[7] In 2006, they were also among the 25 fastest growing residential construction suppliers in the nation,[7] and the company received an award from the University of Oregon’s College of Education for their partnerships with schools.[8] In 2007, Parr had grown to 38 locations with $372.7 million in sales while employing 740 people.[9] This made them the 14th largest professional sales dealer in the United States by revenue.[9] In 2009, Parr closed its locations in Woodland, Washington, Madras, and Redmond during the home building downturn due to the housing bubble.[10] Jim Boyer was named as president of the company in April 2013, while CEO David Hamill was expected to retire at the end of 2013.[2]

Operations[edit]

Headquarters in Hillsboro, Oregon

The privately owned building supplies company based in Hillsboro employs 740 people.[9][11] Parr has operations in Oregon, Washington, and Arizona.[2] The primary market segment for the company is contractors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kish, Matthew. Housing hit. Portland Business Journal, August 24, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Goldfield, Robert (May 20, 2013). "Parr Lumber names president". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "The History of Parr Lumber". Parr Lumber. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  4. ^ a b Rich, Susan. Parr Is on Par as One of the Last Great Oregon Companies. Northwest Renovation. Retrieved on November 7, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Caulfield, John (June 7, 1999). "Copeland progresses in liquidation of yards". Company Business and Marketing. Home Channel News. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  6. ^ Hunsberger, Bret. Teamsters push fight into high profile. The Oregonian, May 20, 2004.
  7. ^ a b c Wood, Chris (May 1, 2006). "New Era: The 2006 PROSALES 100". Pro Sales Magazine. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  8. ^ University Awards. University of Oregon, accessed November 7, 2007.
  9. ^ a b c Carlo, Andy (May 1, 2008). "The 2008 ProSales 100". ProSales Magazine (Hanley Wood). Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  10. ^ Hsuan, Amy (January 21, 2010). "Parr Lumber executives spin off marketing firm". The Oregonian. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Lumber Company Inc. American City Business Journals. Retrieved on February 27, 2008.

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