Tulsa-based Mill Creek Lumber expands in north Wichita, Kansas, has plans to open truss manufacturing operation, door shop and showroom July 1

LOS ANGELES , April 6, 2012 () – Mill Creek Lumber & Supply Co., based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this week announced a major expansion in the north central part of Wichita, Kansas, in anticipation of the city’s housing market bouncing back, The Wichita Eagle reported April 4.

The company has leased 37,000 sq. ft. for its plans to open a truss manufacturing operation, door shop and showroom on July 1.

Mill Creek’s Belle Plaine truss shop will be closed and about 16 employees transferred to the new site, said Jay Robinson, who handles operations in Wichita. The company plans to add up to 10 more employees.

About 35,000 sq. ft. of the new space will be split between a door shop and the automated floor- and roof-truss facility; Robinson said the move could increase Mill Creek’s production capability “four to five times.”

The remaining 2,400 sq. ft. will be used for a sales office and showroom.

According to Mill Creek’s President Jeff Dunn, the company is trying to place itself strategically to get building supplies quickly to on-site contractors in Wichita. The move is positioning Mill Creek for an upturn in new residential construction locally, said Dunn, adding: “We’re cautiously optimistic about Wichita.”

Mill Creek is a full-service building materials firm with 36 locations in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Founded in 1934, it supplies lumber, mouldings and millwork, windows, fireplaces, kitchen cabinets and countertops, and flooring, according to its website.

On March 27, Industry Intelligence reported that Mill Creek had hired two former ProBuild executives as part of its plans to expand in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The primary source of this article is The Wichita Eagle, Wichita, Kansas, April 4, 2012.

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