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New addition to LMC headquarters symbolizes the strength and unity of the LBM industry

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Visitors stepping into LMC’s headquarters in Wayne, Pa., will now be welcomed by a breathtaking hand-carved eagle, a symbol of strength and unity within the lumber and building industry. The piece depicts a 5-foot-high eagle with its wings outstretched. The piece was hand carved by craftsman Edward Halbert from Kansas City.

A fitting medium for one of the largest co-operatives in the lumber and building industry, the eagle is also a symbol of LMC’s position in the industry.

“It not only pays homage to LMC dealers, who stand as pillars of leadership in the industry, but it also symbolizes their collective strength and the commitment of the entire LMC team,” said Fran Monk, VP of marketing. “Like eagles soaring high, we are dedicated to providing exceptional service to our members.”

LMC asked their entire dealer base to suggest a meaningful name for the new addition to LMC HQ. Several returned the name “Buckley,” which ultimately won the vote of LMC staff.

The name is derived from LMC cofounder James L. Buckley, who initially pitched the idea of a lumber co-operative to Fred Kessler, the president of Central Lumber Company in 1935.

LMC acquired the eagle through a silent auction at the 2023 Pro Dealer Industry Summit in October 2023. Brett Hanson of Tristate Building Center donated the eagle to the auction. Proceeds from the auction supported the National Lumber and Building Material Dealer Associations Political Action Committee (LUDPAC), which lobbies for lumber and building material dealers and promotes the industry’s agenda on Capitol Hill.