LBM Advantage creates National Buying Power with the multi-billion dollar purchasing power of its membership. As a result, members enjoy a distinct competitive advantage in their marketplace.
We speak your language! Advantage support offices are regionally located in New Windsor NY, Grand Rapids MI, Monroe LA and Smithfield NC. Advantage traders provide localized knowledge of building codes, species, product applications and distribution logistics.
Large Volume & Pooling Groups
Advantage members benefit from our large purchasing volume, block buys, and regional pooling group deals.
Independence & Flexibility
Advantage has no affiliation restrictions, and you determine how your business is run. Together we will develop a purchasing plan that best suits your company.
Like it's your own
Advantage traders and staff are an extension of your purchasing team, and we support you on your terms. Honest and professional, we do everything we can to meet the needs of our members.
We're up to speed
Our electronic communication services help you conduct business quickly and efficiently. Your sales and accounting history is always clear and readily available.
LBM Advantage was created in 2016 with the historic merger of long-time, dealer-owned buying groups ENAP and PAL, and grew with the addition of IBSA in 2017.
All three co-ops were founded decades ago by lumberyard owners who saw their future success strengthened by combining purchasing resources. That tenet holds true today and is reflected in our mission statement: "To create a competitive advantage for our members by leveraging their collective power".
With independent dealers now located in 41 states and continually growing, Advantage's purchasing volume allows members to operate competitively. Our offices are centrally located in key markets, and our staff are experts on local building codes, regional product and materials preferences, logistics and competition.
Members enjoy Advantage's high level of service, regional expertise, flexibility and transparency, while continuing to run their companies independently by making their own business decisions.
As a dealer-owned cooperative, Advantage employees work diligently every day to provide our membership with timely market opportunities, information, and service. We are an extension of our members' purchasing staff, and we take pride in learning individual preferences of lumber species and mills, as well as building material manufacturers and product categories.
With a membership comprised of independent businesses, we understand choice is important. Advantage respects the need for other buying sources, and we partner with several supply organizations to provide the best collection of options. We do not dictate programs, but offer competitive solutions and leave decisions up to each member.
Our Forest Products Division maintains solid relationships with preferred lumber and panel mills in all species. Advantage traders are skilled at maximizing the cash market, negotiating contracts and pooling synergies for block buys. Our regional reloads service Advantage members with mixed truck tallies.
On the Building Products side, our goal is to become our members' first option for all categories including commodities, specialties, millwork and kitchen and bath products. Our approach is account specific, working tirelesslly to maximize all aspects of our programs (price, rebates and incentives) and giving our membership the competitive advantage they need to compete in their respective markets. Whether mill-direct or distribution, we manage market trends, providing our membership the information they need to win the business.
LBM Advantage offices are located in New Windsor NY, Grand Rapids MI, Monroe LA and Smithfield NC. We are centrally located to support key markets throughout 41 states where our 525 members, consisting of 1168 locations, conduct their business.
View our regional map with member sales manager contacts listed for each area.
Receive a competitive advantage as we leverage our members' collective purchasing power.
Buying recommendations provided from professionals who know their regional markets.
Direct access to manufacturers, mills, and traders who work for you!
Advantage partners with several supply organizations to provide the best collection of options.
National Buying Power ... with regional expertise:
With independent dealers located in 41 states and continually expanding, Advantage's purchasing volume allows members to operate competitively. Our offices are centrally located in key markets with experts on local building codes, regional preferences, geography and competition.
Become a Member:
We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your key staff. No commitment; just information. Please contact Tom Molloy, Executive Vice President of Products & Programs, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential, competitive analysis of your business and purchasing needs. You may also complete this brief Prospective Member Contact Form.
Become a Vendor:
Partnering with LBM Advantage gives suppliers the unique opportunity to market programs to a group of the strongest independent lumber and building material dealers in the nation. Advantage also offers a variety of comprehensive marketing programs, exposing products to our members via print and web media. Our yearly trade shows and conferences provide opportunities to meet face-to-face with customers and staff. To inquire about becoming an LBM Advantage vendor, please submit your request here.