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Alexander Lumber Co., Aurora, Il., is closing seven of its lumberyards in central and western Illinois, reducing the chain to 12 yards and two truss plants.
Closing at the end of February are yards in Canton, Lincoln, Monmouth, Rushville, Taylorville, Bloomington (which will consolidate into the LeRoy yard), and Gilman (which will merge with Watseka and Fairbury. Liquidation sales will begin at all locations within a week.
According to Alexander, the closures come after extensive market research which showed it should focus resources on lumberyards located in major metro and mid-sized markets.
“We intend to focus on our core pro builder customer in the Chicago and other mid-sized markets, especially those in Wisconsin, Iowa and other surrounding states, should any opportunities arise. These are the markets where we have been consistently successful and that allow us to operate to our strengths,” said president/CEO Russ Kathrein.