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Marling Lumber plans expansion

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Ted Sullivan
August 9, 2010
— Marling Lumber announced Friday it will expand its Humes Road location to include a lumberyard.

Marling HomeWorks showroom will open the lumberyard in October and plans to add new employees, said Scott Bowers, chief financial officer.


The lumberyard will make the location a one-stop destination for builders, he said. The lumberyard will have nearly everything offered at Marling's location on River Street.


Even with the economic downturn, the company wanted to invest in its future and make strategic changes, Bowers said.


The area has seen a remodeling boom despite a new construction slowdown, he said.


"We always feel like our best opportunities are in a down economy," Bowers said. "We weren't going to rest on our laurels and wait for the economy to turn around."


Marling Lumber opened its 17,000-square-foot HomeWorks showroom in July 2009 at 1123 Humes Road. The company, which was founded in 1904 in Madison, spent two years and $2 million transforming the former Wolohan Lumber operation into the showroom.


Marling Lumber will continue its lumberyard operations at its River Street location.


The company has businesses in Janesville, Madison, Waukesha, Green Bay and Edgerton. It recently moved its corporate headquarters to Janesville.



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