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Aldrich Lumber to make way for federal courthouse building

Aldrich Lumber, a fixture in Billings, Mont., since 1937, is relocating to the edge of town and downsizing its business into a specialty dealer of pole barns and riding arenas, according to an article in the Billings Gazette.

The Aldrich family has been in the lumber business since 1917, when the grandfather of the current owner, Greg Aldrich, bought lumber companies in Wyoming and Montana.

Aldrich Lumber will soon be razed and the site used for a $30 million, five-story government building. The building will serve as office space to the downtown federal courthouse now under construction.

The Boyer Co. of Salt Lake City will be in charge of both building projects and intends to work throughout the winter. Some 400 federal employees who now work at the James F. Battin Courthouse in Billings must move because of asbestos problems.