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Myron Andersen established Builders lumberyard as a 27-year-old with three other employees and first-year sales of $150,000. That was more than 35 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, including recognition as the 2013 Tools of the Trade honoree — an award for a hardware and home improvement store that champions innovation and best practices across its operation to generate results and connect with customers.
Kearney, Neb.-based Builders, a Do it Best member, operates in the parallel universes of LBM and DIY, with a showroom and a truss plant thrown into the mix. It’s a business model that’s evolved over time. “We’re an opportunistic type of company,” Andersen said. “We are always looking at our market for areas where we can succeed.” He spoke to HCN from his office in Kearney.
HCN: How did it all begin?
Andersen: “Back in 1977, we didn’t have a lot of money and we didn’t have a lot of inventory. We had a World War II Army surplus forklift and a 1950 Chevy Farm truck with a hoist on it. We never shut the truck off because we were afraid it wouldn’t come back on aga