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R.P. Lumber Acquires 2 Malcom Lumber Locations

R.P. Lumber, a family-owned Midwest hardware and building materials retailer, recently purchased two Malcom Lumber locations in Grinnell and Oskaloosa, Iowa, expanding its reach in the state. The chain opened its first Iowa location and 72nd store in February 2021 after acquiring Dick-N-Sons Lumber in Blue Grass, Iowa. 

“We are excited to expand our Iowa footprint and work diligently to serve the communities of Oskaloosa and Grinnell with quality products and our ‘Best Service. Best Value.’ promise for many years to come,” says Robert Plummer, president and CEO of R.P. Lumber. “Malcom Lumber has long been a respected name in Iowa. We couldn’t be more excited to get to work with the teams at these locations, adding inventory and additional services and earning the trust of our customers.”

R.P. Lumber opened its first location in Staunton, Illinois, in 1977 and now has locations in Illinois, Missouri, Wyoming and Iowa. The communities of Grinnell and Oskaloosa fit the company’s growth strategy, says Jason Plummer, vice president of R.P. Lumber.

“We understood that ownership at Malcom Lumber was wanting to transition, and we were excited to step up and work with them to put this transaction together,” says Plummer. “After visiting with the team members at these two locations, we knew this would be a good fit. We’re a family-owned company and share the same culture and work ethic we found at these stores and in these communities.”

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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