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 July 1, 1999

Alpine Lumber to relocate, open new Frederick store

FREDERICK — The demand for quality supply services to construction companies is soaring all along the Front Range, and Alpine Lumber Co. is digging in.

The lumber supplier has broken ground on a new facility here and plans to relocate its Louisville operation of 25 employees in the next six to nine months.

“We’re relocating due to size — we need more space,´ said Jack Skillman, location manager of Alpine Lumber’s Louisville site. “We also think building trends are going to be going from DIA (Denver International Airport) up the Interstate 25 corridor — that was also part of the thought process.”

Alpine Lumber, now owned by Kip Oram, was founded in 1963 and specializes in residential construction materials. The company has more than 200 employees, eight retail lumber yards and four wholesale locations.

In addition to the new Frederick location, the company has a presence in Loveland.

The 45,000-square-foot Frederick facility is being built on a seven-acre site in the Glacier Business Park and is only the latest indication of growth for the company and the lumber-supply industry as a whole.

“We grew roughly 20 percent from 1997 to 1998 (in sales), which I think has been typical over the years,” Skillman reported.

Alpine Lumber posted total sales of $93.5 million in 1998.

“The market in Colorado has been going gangbusters for two to three years, in particular throughout the Front Range and up the I-70 corridor,” reported Geri Jorgensen, executive vice president of the Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association.

“The input we receive from our members certainly backs that up, with some beating their previous year’s sales figures in the first quarter of ’99. While some anticipate the market softening somewhat within a year or two, business today is booming — so much so, people can barely find help.”

Skillman said the demand for construction materials in Colorado is healthy and that “the demand for new homes is looking to be pretty solid for three to five more years.”

McStain Enterprises Inc., a Boulder-based homebuilder with an increasing presence in Northern Colorado, has been an Alpine Lumber client since 1985.

“I look for a quick turnaround on delivery and pickup and look for somebody that stocks materials we use at a competitive price,´ said McStain executive Pat Murphy. “Alpine provides all of these things. They’re great.”

At least initially, the new facility in Frederick will require no new employees beyond the 25 that will move there from Louisville, “but anytime you move, there are always unforeseen circumstances,” Skillman said. “We see it as a real exciting labor market for the company.

“Alpine is always taking an aggressive approach to growth in Colorado, but what exactly is next I couldn’t say. We’re interested in continuing to grow throughout the state. We’re just getting ready to roll.”

FREDERICK — The demand for quality supply services to construction companies is soaring all along the Front Range, and Alpine Lumber Co. is digging in.

The lumber supplier has broken ground on a new facility here and plans to relocate its Louisville operation of 25 employees in the next six to nine months.

“We’re relocating due to size — we need more space,´ said Jack Skillman, location manager of Alpine Lumber’s Louisville site. “We also think building trends are going to be going from DIA (Denver International Airport) up the Interstate…

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