Top 100 Distributors list
“Your decision to not include Boise Cascade’s Building Materials operations on your list of top wholesale operations is inconsistent and misleading to a wide variety of audiences. Your reasoning for our deletion was apparently based on the fact that Boise Cascade is both a wholesaler of a broad line of building materials and a manufacturer of wood products. Clearly we do not understand this reasoning after having been on the list for decades. In addition, this reasoning seems to be inconsistently applied, given that other distributors on the list fit a similar profile.
“While the exclusion will in no way hinder our goal of providing our customers with the broadest product line available and the best service possible, we clearly want our customers and vendor partners to understand that your exclusion in no way diminishes our capacity and commitment to them. We are, and will continue to be, a dynamic and growing part of our great industry.”
— Nick Stokes
Boise Building Materials Distribution
After further review, Boise Building Materials, as well as competitors, including Weyerhaeuser’s distribution arm, have been returned to the digital version of the list, available at homechannelnews.com.
In our effort to simplify our definition of two-step distributor, the original list published in our August issue removed certain companies that can be described as manufactures. However, several of these companies are too important to the distribution channel to ignore. HCN regrets the confusion.
Fix housing first?
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