84 Lumber Brings New EWP Focus Under Manufacturing Division

Originally published by: 84 LumberMarch 11, 2020

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Editor’s Note: In the article below, 84 Lumber is announcing the creation of a new EWP divison which will report to the head of installed sales and manufacturing. As noted in this January article, component manufacturing has become an increasingly more important part of 84 Lumber’s business, with plans to open several additional plants in the coming year. It will be interesting to follow how 84 Lumber enhances its distribution of EWP through it’s CM locations going forward.

84 Lumber announced the appointment of James Abbott as Vice President of Engineered Wood Products, starting this month, March 2020. In this new company role, Abbott will report to VP of Installed Sales & Manufacturing Ken Kucera and will work to grow 84 Lumber’s engineered wood products programs into new markets and with new customers.

James Abbott

“Jim brings extensive knowledge and experience to 84 Lumber,” said Kucera. “We want to provide EWP programs and solutions to even more customers, both regionally and nationally, and we believe Abbott will be successful in doing that. We’re excited to have him on board.”

Abbott will leverage the momentum that 84 Lumber is already seeing to establish the company as the number one premier supplier of engineered wood products. He aims to align the goals of suppliers and customers nationwide, driving value and success for all parties.

Abbott has 23 years of experience in the EWP industry including a variety of leadership roles with Boise Cascade and Louisiana Pacific. He earned his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and currently lives in Nashville with his wife and three daughters.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with 84 Lumber throughout my career, and I have experienced firsthand the drive and passion for performance that has made the company so successful,” said Abbott. “This new opportunity provides me the honor and privilege of becoming part of a team that I’ve grown very close to over the years, and I look forward to being a part of the future growth and success of the organization.”