Millwork Manufacturer Focused on Boosting Supply-Chain Efficiencies

Leading Suppliers Council

The average length of time to complete construction of a multifamily building, after obtaining authorization, increased last year to 19.8 months, according to the Census Bureau’s 2022 Survey of Construction (SOC). That duration was 2.3 months longer than it was the year prior, largely because of supply-chain issues and the ongoing skilled labor shortage.

Doing its part to help improve construction times and distribution of key building materials, Metrie, a member of the NAHB Leading Suppliers Council (LSC) and North America’s largest manufacturer and distributor of solid wood and MDF moulding, last month announced it will add a new retail distribution center in Louisville, Ky.

The new facility will be fully operational by the end of 2023 and will help the company continue to grow with its top retail customer, Lowe’s.

“The addition of the Louisville facility supports our commitment to building the best supply-chain solutions in the industry,” said Joe Woods, vice president and general manager of retail for Metrie. “The Metrie Retail team is excited for the new opportunities that this facility will bring for both the Metrie team and Lowe’s.”

Since late 2020, Metrie has added five distribution centers and two mills to its network. By year’s end, Metrie will have a total of 28 distribution centers and six mills across the United States and Canada, and the company believes the new Louisville distribution center will be a key addition.

“The Louisville facility is a game-changer for the Metrie Retail network,” said Metrie President and CEO Kent Bowie. “Its central location not only provides operational flexibility but also increases our distribution capacity in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Plus, it provides a logistics hub for domestic and international production.”

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