BIP Forms New California Lumber Chain

Building Industry Partners has launched a new lumber and building materials platform, West Coast Lumber, now operating four locations throughout Southern and Central California.

The company’s Agoura Hills and Camarillo locations were established through the January 2022 acquisition of 45-year-old Roadside Lumber & Hardware.

West Coast Lumber then opened two new LBM facilities, one in Bakersfield and the other in San Diego to expand its ability to serve Southern and Central California. West Coast Lumber plans to eventually expand its product offering with truss, millwork, and other value-added component capabilities.

Matt Ogden, founder and managing partner of BIP, said, “We have assembled world-class regional and cross-sectoral business leaders around the organization to help us deliver value to current and future customers and become the employer-of-choice for the best and brightest in Southern California LBM.”

Joe Lawrence, CEO of West Coast Lumber, draws on over 35 years of experience in the California LBM industry to lead the platform. He most recently served as senior VP for the Southwest Region with Builders FirstSource and was previously president of Dixieline Lumber. Jim Stockman, president of West Coast Lumber, previously partnered with BIP on the firm’s creation of Homewood Holdings, and its rapid growth and successful exit to American Construction Source in 2020.

They are joined in senior management by Erich Kepner, CFO; Bill Shadden, VP supply; Carlos Gonzalez, VP sales-Inland Empire, Orange & San Diego counties; Bob Erskin, VP sales-Kern, Ventura & Los Angeles counties; and Claudia Gonzalez, HR director.

BIP operating partners Tony Ciampaglio, Peter Stroble, and Lonnie Schield will serve on West Coast’s board, and Maged Diab will serve as board chair. Diab previously served as president of MiTek USA.

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