Cedar Creek News
Steve Wood Named General Manager of Gulfport Branch
Gulfport, MS, June 28, 2017— Cedar Creek is pleased to announce that Steve Wood has accepted the position of General Manager of the Gulfport branch.
Steve began his career in the lumber distribution business 27 years ago with Klumb Lumber Company during which time he held positions as Warehouse Manager, Outside Sales, and General Manager. Steve spent two years with US Lumber in Outside Sales before joining Cedar Creek in January 2016.
Steve earned a BA in Banking and Finance from Mississippi State University in 1990. He resides in Long Beach, MS with his wife, Lisa, and two boys, Alex, 19, and Sam, 16. In his spare time, Steve enjoys fishing and working outdoors.
Jayson Thompson Named General Manager of Denver Branch
Denver, CO, May 2, 2017 – Cedar Creek is pleased to announce that Jayson Thompson has accepted the position of General Manager of the Denver branch.
Jayson joined Cedar Creek in 2014 as a Sales Manager. Prior to starting with Cedar Creek, Jayson was a Territory Manager with Reid and Wright for 17 years. He led the Springfield, MO distribution facility and sales team. Jayson received his BS in Cardiac Analogy and Physiology of exercise.
Jayson will continue to live in Denver with his wife Cathy and their 2 sons; Evan 10 and Jacob 15. Jayson and his family enjoy skiing and hiking.
Steve Lindauer Named North Central Region Vice President
Oklahoma City, OK, May 1, 2017 – After over 40 years in the industry, Keith Laugen, Vice President of Cedar Creek’s North Central Region, has announced his retirement. Keith was President, CEO, and a Founder of Lake States Lumber which became part of Cedar Creek last year through acquisition. Keith’s daily presence will be missed by all the people that he has worked with for so many years, and we wish Keith the best as he starts the next chapter in his life.
Cedar Creek is pleased to announce that Steve Lindauer has been promoted to fill the role of Vice President for the North Central Region.
Steve began his career in the distribution business 22 years ago with Lake States Lumber during which time he held positions as a Sales Manager and Purchasing Agent. Steve joined Cedar Creek with the Lakes States Lumber acquisition and assumed the General Manager role of the Sparta branch.
Steve earned his BA from the University of Wisconsin Platteville in 1986. He resides in Tunnel City, Wisconsin with his wife, Dawn, and two children, Madison, 16, and Carson, 13. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and exercising.
Robin Brockner Named GM of Madison Distribution Center
Oklahoma City, OK, February 3, 2017 – Cedar Creek is pleased to announce that Robin Brockner has been named General Manager of our Madison, Wisconsin Distribution Center.
Robin joined Cedar Creek in 2013 as a Territory Sales Manager. Previous to starting with Cedar Creek, Robin received his BS in Sociology with an emphasis in Global Business Studies in 2012. In addition, Robin has 8 years of successful selling experience as a manufacturing sales representative.
Robin lives in Dane, WI with his wife Jessica and their 3-year-old son Wesley. Robin enjoys outdoor activities which include camping, golfing, fishing and hunting.
Craig McDonald Joins Cedar Creek as New Regional Vice President
Oklahoma City, OK, February 1, 2017 – Cedar Creek is excited to announce that Craig McDonald will be joining the Cedar Creek executive team as the new Vice President of the South Central Region. He has extensive experience in the building materials industry.
Craig's experience includes leadership roles with USG, International Paper, Trus Joist, Weyerhaeuser and Masonite. He has led positions responsible for sales, operations, marketing, logistics, engineering and business start-ups. Most recently Craig was the Senior Director of Distribution with Masonite's Residential Group and prior to that an Area General Manager with Weyerhaeuser, where he managed multiple facilities in the Northeast. Craig brings a customer-focused perspective to his work, with an emphasis on building customer partnerships, associate skills and vendor relations.
Craig will be relocating to Oklahoma City with his wife Brenda. They have two sons in college, Michael, a senior at Virginia Tech, and Sean, a freshman at the University of Tampa.
Paul Wetmore named Vice President of Purchasing
Oklahoma City, OK, February 1, 2017 – Cedar Creek is pleased to announce Paul Wetmore has been named Vice President of Purchasing. In his new role, Paul will be responsible for establishing and leading the company's strategic purchasing initiatives.
Paul joined Cedar Creek 2004 as an Industrial Sales Manager, and was later promoted to General Manager of the Oklahoma City branch, named Regional Manager in 2011 and Regional Vice President in 2014.
Paul lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Beth, his wife of 35 years. They teach a young adult Sunday School class at their church. Beth is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice. They have two children: Allie, a Physician's Associate (PA) living in Colorado Springs, and Todd, a Buyer for Walmart, lives in Bentonville, AR and a grandson, Hugh, in Colorado Springs.
Cedar Creek Acquires Thomas Nielsen Wholesale,Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK, December 7, 2016 – Cedar Creek announces the acquisition of Thomas Nielsen Wholesale, a Kansas City based Wholesale Lumber Company with operations in Kansas City and Springfield, MO.
D. Wayne Trousdale, CEO of Cedar Creek, said, “We are excited to be able to combine our efforts with those of Thomas Nielsen’s in both the Kansas City and Springfield markets. We look forward to working with the Thomas Nielsen team.”
Jeanne Smith, President of Thomas Nielsen Wholesale, Inc commented, “We are pleased to join such a strong leader in the industry and look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead.”
Cedar Creek is a leading wholesale building material distribution company with thirty-one locations covering thirty-seven states across the U.S. In May of 2010, it was recapitalized by Boston-based Charlesbank Capital Partners with the goal of providing flexible capital for the company to grow beyond its current trade areas.
Cedar Creek Acquires Lake States Lumber
Oklahoma City, OK, June 22, 2016 – Cedar Creek announces the acquisition of Lake States Lumber (five locations in Wisconsin and Minnesota).
D. Wayne Trousdale, CEO of Cedar Creek, said, “Our acquisition of the outstanding Lake States organization provides Cedar Creek immediate entry into the important Upper Midwest market. Our two companies are a great fit both culturally and operationally.”
Keith Laugen, CEO of Lake States Lumber, commented, “Connecting with a strong, growing building material distributor provides a solid future for all the employees of LSL while providing even more great products to our customers.”
Cedar Creek is a leading wholesale building material distribution company with thirtyone locations covering thirty-seven states across the U.S. In May of 2010, it was recapitalized by Boston-based Charlesbank Capital Partners with the goal of providing flexible capital for the company to grow beyond its current trade areas.
Bruce Kulzer Name Regional Vice President
Personnel Announcement, May 10, 2016 – Cedar Creek is pleased to announce the promotion of Bruce Kulzer to Regional Vice President of the Southern Region. In this new role, Bruce will be based at our new Houston location. Bruce has been with us for 1 ½ years as General Manager, Oklahoma City and (with his branch team) successfully made many operational changes that have positioned the branch well for continued profitable growth.
Prior to Cedar Creek, Bruce was Vice President of Distribution at Hood Industries leading a 14 location lumber and building products distribution operation. He has also held several branch manager positions in the paper distribution industry, a CFO position for a fastener distributor, and worked for a few years in public accounting where he earned his CPA. He comes to us with a Bachelor Degree from the State University of NY at Albany and an MBA from the University of Virginia.
We are excited to have Bruce take on this new role. Please join me in congratulating Bruce and welcoming him to Texas.
Alex Averitt COO