Elizabethton Lumber & Building Materials: Serving the community since 1978

From Staff Reports

   Today, when you walk into Elizabethton Lumber & Building Materials it looks rather different than it did in 1978 when Dennis Guinn and William Hampton opened the business.
   Carter County Truss, as it was called, was a truss manufacturing facility.
   "Over the years, they added a few building materials such as lumber and roofing, but their focus was on contractor business," said Rhudy Johnson, owner.
   In 1991, Johnson purchased the business. Since that time, many changes have taken place, including changing the name to Elizabethton Lumber & Building Materials. For the first few years, he continued building trusses, but decided that manufacturing was not the area on which he wanted to focus.
   In 1994, Johnson began his first major expansion allowing the company to expand its target market from just contractors, to contractors, do-it-yourselfers, and the weekend warrior homeowner. More building materials were added, as well as a variety of hardware items.
   "We want to be the friendly hardware store where you can run in and get the parts to fix that leaky faucet, or furnace filers, or nuts and bolts, but still be able to provide the contractors with everything that they need," said Johnson.
   Yet another expansion took place in 1998, increasing the 4,500 square foot store to more than 12,000 square feet. "We have packed in the hardware," Johnson said with a smile. "That's where we decided we wanted to be a few years ago, and we're getting there."
   According to Johnson, 2001 was the company's best year yet. He attributes the success not only to the wide variety of items that you can find at Elizabethton Lumber, but also to the friendly and knowledgeable sales staff that he has compiled. "Dennis Guinn, one of the original owners, still works here along with L.A. Range, Tommy Range, Ronnie Holtsclaw and Darrin Laws. In my opinion, you can't find a finer group! Lumber, building materials and hardware is what these people have done all their lives. They know this business."
   Johnson's two daughters, Jennifer Everett and Jessica Daidone, have been with the company since the beginning. "Jennifer works with the accounting end, while Jessica works in sales and buying," Johnson said.
   "I truly feel blessed! I really appreciate all of our customers. They are why we are not only still here, but thriving. The people of Elizabethton, Carter County, and the surrounding areas have been great! We keep on working, expanding our product lines. I want to have the things that people want and need. If I can't have it in stock, I want to be able to order it in. Providing friendly, professional service to each and every person that walks through the door is my goal. We keep striving to meet it."
   Elizabethton Lumber is located at 106 Clay Little Road, Elizabethton. For more information, call 543-5532.