Weaver Lumber (CA) Buys Truss Operations
Originally published by: Redding Record Searchlight — May 22, 2012
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Weaver Lumber is moving its operations across the street into the former Moss Lumber & Hardware property on Eastside Road.
"I want to make sure that people know I feel a lot of humility to be going over to that side," Brent Weaver said Tuesday.
For years, the Weaver and Moss families were friendly competitors in the north state's once-crowded wood products supply industry.
But Moss Lumber abruptly closed in August after going bankrupt, ending a run of 65 years in business.
About six months ago, Weaver bought Moss' truss business from the holding company that had purchased the defunct company's assets.
Weaver also has been purchasing Moss' former inventory over the past nine to 12 months.
"It was really the truss business that got the ball rolling," Weaver said of his decision to consolidate his operations to the former Moss yard. "I was always interested in the truss business because it was the last piece I needed to complete the full circle of our services."
Weaver Lumber will open at its new location 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Charlie Moss said he is happy Weaver is reopening the site that used to house his family's business.
"We were always competitors, but we also did a lot of business with each other," said Moss, whose father, Hollis Moss, founded Moss Lumber in 1946. "We would work together. We weren't at each others' throats at all."
Moss was part owner of Moss Lumber from 1965 to 1989, then returned to the family business from 1995 to 2001 after his brother, Darrell Moss, died.
Moss said he admires Weaver Lumber and its ability to "hang on in these extremely difficult times."
Weaver has hired four former Moss Lumber employees, including Jim Emerson, who returns as Weaver's truss designer.
"I think it's great to be going back to work," said Emerson, who had been jobless for about six months before he was hired.
"I was using a lot of my 401(k) to make mortgage payments, so I am definitely happy to be back at it."
Weaver took over his father Rick's longtime Redding business, Hughes Discount Building Materials on Westside Road, in 2005. He later bought Hughes Redwood on Branstetter Lane, his uncle Doug's business, and consolidated the operations under the name Weaver Lumber.
Brent's brother, Sean, will move his TechniSoil North America business to Weaver's Westside Road site. Weaver does not know what will become of the Branstetter site, which his uncle still owns.
"The Westside location is 2 acres and Branstetter is 3 acres. Moss Lumber is 12 acres, so I can have all my employees under one roof," Weaver said.
Weaver has grown his family business to about 30 employees today.
In addition to selling building supplies, Weaver has developed his own projects, including the Gateway building at Shasta and Market streets in downtown Redding.
Currently, Weaver is building the Pine Street Lofts on Pine Street in downtown Redding.
Weaver has agreed in principle to buy the former Moss site and will take over the property Tuesday.
He declined to say what he paid for the property and Moss' former assets.
A representative with Bayside Holdings LLC, the firm that purchased Moss' assets, could not be reached for comment.