The Company

Western Building Products Inc. is one of the largest distributors of millwork products in the Midwest. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we employ 200 people in three facilites with over 430,000 square feet in office, warehouse and production space. We are proud to provide world-class quality millwork products and services together with outstanding customer service to the construction, commercial and remodeling markets.

Product Line

At Western, we have always prided ourselves in the quality of the products we carry and the manufacturers we work with. We inventory the broadest array of millwork products anywhere, including a wide assortment of mouldings, stair parts, windows, columns, and an extensive offering of interior, and fire rated doors, available in a wide variety of designs and wood species, with your option of unfinished, prefinished or painted finish.

In addition, Western brands and sells our own exterior door systems, combining the best available sill and frame components with name brand wood, steel or fiberglass doors, sidelights and transoms, affordably priced and backed by the best warranty in the industry. Almost unlimited entry door system choices are available with factory finishing options in paint and stain, and a wide selection of decorative glass.

History

Founded in 1946 as Western Lumber Distributors, our company quickly grew to become a full line millwork jobber. In 1954, because of continued growth, we moved to our present headquarters and distribution facility in Milwaukee. Western was a family owned company until 1983 when the decision was made to allow employee ownership through an ESOP.

Additional production and warehouse space has continued to be added over the years. The acquistion of Nashotah Moulding in 2002 and the 2003 completion of the Illinois Distribution Center (IDC) in Genoa City, Wisconsin allowed Western to continue to grow and service an expanding market. In 2006, Prefinishing Specialists Inc. in Avon, Minnesota was acquired to meet a growing customer demand for additional prefinishing colors and services, adding an additional 17 employees and 50,000 square feet.

More than sixty years after we started, Western Building Products is proud to be the dominant millwork supplier to an ever-expanding customer base in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa.

Employee Owned - Western's Advantage

Western Building Products is a 100% employee owned company. Although there are many companies in many industries that speak of themselves as employee owned, the truth is that very few of them are 100% employee owned. As a 100% employee owned business, our workforce is committed to offering the best products and customer service available. Our employees actively participate, as owners, in the business and share in 100% of the profits (To read more about how Western Employees actively participate in running the business click here). The cornerstone of Western Building Products is the passionate belief that all employees should own the company that they work for.(Click here to read more about our beliefs.) The competition has employees, while Western Building Products has employee owners with very low turnover and very high motivation (Here is a video where past and current employee-owners talk about the benefits of Employee-Ownership.). As a result, we have the most experienced and dedicated people in the industry. Advantage Western!

Production and Pre-finishing Capability

Western continues to invest heavily in our production and prefinishing capabilities in order to ensure the highest quality, reduced lead times, and to continue to bring the value added services that our customers demand. As employee-owners we are willing to invest in the latest technology such as interior and exterior digital door machining and assembly stations as well as automatic door and prehung palletizing equipment. The best equipment in the industry combined with a talented group of millwork specialists makes any customer request possible.

Finishing our products using environmentally friendly paints and stains that provide a top quality finish on wood, fiberglass, and steel is a priority. We stock three standard colors in a broad array of wood doors and trim, ready for next day delivery. In addition, we have a premium pre-finished program that offers our customers additional stain colors on the doors and trim of their choice and also offers 64 paint colors on exterior steel or fiberglass doors. As a one-stop shop for pre-finished millwork, we now offer additional capabilities for custom color matching and decorative finishes, to provide the best pre-finishing program in the industry.

Sales and Marketing

Western sells to a large network of pro dealers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, who in turn sell product and services to builders, remodelers and homeowners to be used in single and multi-family housing as well as commercial projects. Our team of Territory Managers have smaller sales territories allowing them to learn more about our customers' businesses and offer the best products, services and programs to meet their unique needs. In addition, they offer a wide variety of marketing resources such as displays, catalog training, literature and advertising support for products.

An experienced and dedicated customer service team here at Western also provides knowledgeable day-to-day order support for all products and special orders, with a team of highly qualified Service Technicians quickly available to handle any service need in the field. Long-term dealer relationships are the norm, building on our reputation of providing excellent customer service and overall satisfaction.

Overall Value

Our philosophy has always been to serve our customers by providing the best overall value in the industry. Customers have many choices when choosing a millwork source. Selection of quality products, world-class millwork services, a large and broad array of product in stock, and the best customer service from order to delivery makes Western Building Products your best choice. The cornerstone belief in an employee ownership culture makes it all possible.