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GMS acquires Southern California gypsum distributor Howard & Sons Building Materials

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GMS Inc., Tucker, Ga., has acquired Howard & Sons Building Materials, Inc., which distributes wallboard, steel framing, and complementary products from a single location in Pomona, Ca. 

With established strong manufacturer partnerships, Howard & Sons offers a wide array of products to its customer base in Southern California. The newly acquired company will transition to operate under existing GMS brand, J&B Materials.

The deal closed May 1.

Founded in 1971, GMS operates a network of over 300 distribution centers with extensive product offerings of wallboard, ceilings, steel framing and complementary construction products. In addition, GMS operates more than 100 tool sales, rental and service centers, providing a comprehensive selection of building products and solutions for its residential and commercial contractor customer base across the United States and Canada. The company’s unique operating model combines the benefits of a national platform and strategy with a local go-to-market focus, enabling GMS to generate significant economies of scale while maintaining high levels of customer service.