Zarsky Lumber: It's better in Texas

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Zarsky Lumber executive VP Cally Fromme is also the incoming chair of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA). "I would enthusiastically encourage participation in the NLBMDA," she said. "I think we have an obligation to serve our industry."

Inside Zarsky's Corpus Christi, Texas, location, Fromme and manager Steve Weaver look over a new display from Simpson Strong-Tie.

The Corpus Christi yard includes a busy door shop. "Having a door shop here is a key to getting into the commercial part of the market and being diversified," said yard manager Steve Weaver.

Zarsky was founded in 1928, by Zarsky brothers Frank and Charlie, and has grown to 10 locations in Texas. This picture of the Corpus Christi yard was taken sometime in the 1950s. 

Corpus Christi manager Steve Weaver pointed to three keys to success: hard work, the right people and "you gotta think positive."

Zarsky's Corpus Christi mascot and good luck charm is a dog, named Taco. He poses here with Robert Ullrich, manager of the company's door shop. 

As the daughter of president Dan Coleman (right), Cally Fromme grew up in the lumber business. She gives credit to her father for much of the success of Zarsky. "He is the one who has set good examples for us," she said.