RP Lumber acquires Mount Carmel retailer

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EDWARDSVILLE – R.P. Lumber Co., Inc. has obtained Kieffer Lumber in Mount Carmel, making this the family-owned {hardware} and development fabrics store’s 59th Illinois location and its eighty fifth location total.

“For fifty years, Kieffer Lumber has served the voters of Wabash County and the better Illinois/Indiana bi-state space, and we’re overjoyed to have their workforce sign up for the R.P. Lumber kinfolk,” mentioned Robert Plummer, President & CEO of R.P. Lumber.

“Lately, we have now added places in different states, however our roots are in Illinois, and we’re excited to develop our footprint within the Land of Lincoln,” Plummer persevered. 

Kieffer Lumber was once opened through Marge and Al Kieffer in 1972.

“My kinfolk has been within the {hardware}, lumber, and development companies for a few years,“ mentioned their son Duane Kieffer, who at the moment manages the industry. “We’ve been blessed with a excellent industry and excellent consumers, and now we’ve determined at hand the reigns to a peer of the best possible caliber as our kinfolk made selections in regards to the subsequent steps for our industry.”

“A few of my kinfolk will proceed on with the industry,” Duane Kieffer mentioned. “As we explored this procedure with skilled advisers it was once crucial that we decided on a purchaser my oldsters and I’d be pleased with, and the workforce at R.P. Lumber checked the bins that had been essential to us.

“Our neighborhood is essential to us; our consumers are essential to us; our distributors are essential to us; and our kinfolk is, after all, essential to us,” he mentioned. “We’ve labored adjoining to R.P. Lumber on this space for a few years. We all know them, and shall we now not be extra fascinated with this transition. It’s a real win-win.”

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Along with providing lumber, shingles, siding, drywall and different development fabrics, R.P. Lumber will even characteristic a collection of {hardware} products starting from energy equipment and paint to plumbing and electric provides aat the Mount Carmel retailer. RP Lumber additionally will be offering design lend a hand for the entirety from decks and patios to cupboards and counter tops, in addition to doorways and home windows.

“This new location now not handiest lets in us to bridge the distance between a number of of our present places, nevertheless it is helping us higher serve a few of our nice Southeastern Illinois and Western Indiana consumers,” mentioned Plummer. “Mount Carmel is a neighborhood that we have got admired for a very long time, and Kieffer Lumber is an anchor locally.

“The Kieffer kinfolk has constructed an exquisite industry,” he added. “We had been commemorated to paintings with them in this transaction, and we’re excited to start serving the marketplace.”

The transaction was once scheduled to near Friday, Sept. 23, with the shop running as R.P. Lumber on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Kieffer Lumber workforce will stay on board whilst RP Lumber seems to be to rent further body of workers and supply further services.