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Advantages of ABS Membership

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The Power Of ABS

ABS generates the purchasing power of over 250 locations throughout 12 Southern and Plains states and is backed by more than 1,000 vendors. The ABS/vendors relationships help provide the membership with competitive prices, quality products, and product availability.

ABS Passes on the Savings

ABS is a Co-op who passes all vendor terms, discounts, and rebates to the dealer. All vendor rebates are issued to the dealer around the 20th of the month immediately following the vendor issuing ABS the rebate.

ABS' Dealers Make The Profit

ABS dealers profit from special buying programs unique to ABS which gives them the opportunity to purchase most lumber and building materials in convenient quantities at truck or carload pricing. The ABS team of professional buyers communicates prompt market information through the ABS website which keeps the ABS dealer up-to-date with market pricing and availability. Timely market buy calls by professional buyers help position the ABS dealer at or near the market bottom allowing the dealer to maximize his time and profits.

ABS' Connects

Our meetings and shows provide the member the opportunity to develop relationships and spend time associating with fellow dealers who have similar interests. These relationships often result in lifelong friendships and usually lead to problem solving and solutions back home. These meetings, coupled with dealer involvement, create programs that are developed for and by those who use them.

The trade shows that are held bi-annually feature wall-to-wall show specials, spiffs, and dating while providing the ABS members time for one-on-one visits with vendors and staff members. There is also our annual crawfish boil, golf tournament/skeet shoot events, and general meeting in Monroe, LA. This event provides members three full days to mix business with pleasure. Dealers also tour ABS’s 225,000 sq. ft. Monroe Distribution Center, see our exterior door shop in operation, and visit with ABS staff at their work stations.

ABS Tradeshow

Member Testimony

“We really appreciate ABS’s vendor rebate program. We receive funds monthly and the amount we receive far exceeds the cost of our support fees. ABS pays me to belong to their organization. What a deal!”

Paul Pixley, Pixley Lumber, Claremore, OK

“I think it is safe to say that we would not be the same company we are today without ABS. ABS has helped us capture a significant amount of market share as other competitors have found it more difficult to compete in thisdown economy. ABS has provided us the strength to be aggressive instead of passive in our local market.”

Michael Townsend, Townsend Building, Enterprise, AL

“The ABS partnership between members and staff has a fraternity atmosphere; the wildest idea could spark an idea from someone else, which could lead to us implementing a new program. ABS is truly member driven.”

Henry Bockus, lll, Gordon White Lumber, Oklahoma City, OK

“I feel that ABS is the key supplier source that has been instrumental in our growth since 1971.”

Dennis Stine, Stine Lumber, Sulphur, LA

“Since joining ABS in 1998, our sales have increased 250%. Our sales are 80% contractor and without ‘our’ staff in Monroe we would not be able to compete with the ‘Big Boys’. I have complete trust that our cost prices are the best in the free market.”

Ken Morris, Barnett Phillips Lumber, Canton, MS

“ABS has enabled our 80 year old company to compete with the nationwide wholesalers in our market. The professionalism and knowledge of the ABS staff is a direct complement to our success. We stay focused on serving our customers and let ABS do the buying.”

Michael Manley, Economy Lumber, Tulsa, OK

“B&B Supply started in 1973 in a small town in Arkansas with a population of 183 and joined ABS in 1986. We believe it is due to the benefit of being a partner with ABS we now have three locations. In addition, the strength of partnering with ABS has enabled us to compete in any place we choose. From the small beginnings of B&B Supply, we now deliver to all the surrounding states that join Arkansas and we are the national supplier for a developer in Texas, Missouri, Colorado, and Massachusetts. We cannot put into words what ABS has meant to B&B Supply. In our opinion, ABS is the reason we have been able to grow and be successful in the building material market.”

Robert Barnes, B&B Supply, Franklin, Arkansas

“Cassity Jones Lumber is proud to be a member of the ABS family of dealers. ABS has become a crucial member of our purchasing staff and with valuable access to vendor contacts and information; we continue to rely on their market advice to competitively and profitably service our customer base.”

Jimmy Jones, CFO, Cassity Jones Lumber, Longview, Texas

“We simply could not compete in certain categories without the programs that ABS offers to us.That being said, it is the staff at ABS that I count on to help our 125 year old business have an edge in the market. I truly feel like they are an extension of my staff.

Mark Woods, Woods Lumber, Independence, Kansas