Boise's BMC buys California building-materials business

Statesman staffNovember 12, 2013 

BMC, a Boise company that makes home-building materials and sells construction services, said Tuesday that it bought a business that will allow BMC to expand its millwork offerings in Northern California.

BMC on Monday bought Sacramento-based Western Building Specialties,, whose assets include Western Building Specialties (WBS) and Western Bath and Shower (WBSI).

“WBS has built over a 60-year period a reputation for providing quality products and reliable services” CEO Peter Alexander said in a news release. “We are very excited about serving customers through the combined strength of WBS and BMC at our facilities located in Sacramento, Fresno and Modesto.”

Sale terms were not disclosed. BMC in September borrowed $250 million to refinance debt and meet other business needs.

BMC was created when the former Boise Cascade Corp. sold its struggling building-materials division in 1987. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009 after the recession struck the home-building industry hard. It emerged from bankruptcy in 2010. The company has 29 lumber yards, 15 truss manufacturing plants and 24 millwork operations spread across the Western United States, Texas and North Carolina.

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