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LMC brings leaders in the lumber and building materials industry together to increase the purchasing power, profitability, and competitiveness of our members.

Through established, long-term relationships with high-quality manufacturers; our unparalleled purchasing volume; incisive market intelligence; and impactful business tools and resources; we are here to help your business thrive.

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The cost of membership is minimal, the value immeasurable

IMPACTFUL BUSINESS TOOLS AND RESOURCES

IMPACTFUL BUSINESS TOOLS AND RESOURCES

There are some co-ops that are focused solely on group purchase advantages. Not LMC. With us, you have the benefit of cooperative purchasing power, PLUS access to proprietary market intelligence, marketing support, along with resources and tools that help you optimize and grow your business.
INSIGHT AND STRATEGIES THAT MINIMIZE RISK AND MAXIMIZE PROFITS

INSIGHT AND STRATEGIES THAT MINIMIZE RISK AND MAXIMIZE PROFITS

Our in-house experts and product specialists are an extension of your team—relentlessly focused on helping you achieve your goals. They continuously analyze market conditions and provide short-and-long term forecasts, so you make smart decisions and purchase strategically.
NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE BEST IN THE INDUSTRY

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE BEST IN THE INDUSTRY

Throughout the year, we host best-in-industry forums, roundtables, and regional meetings where you learn from each other, discuss shared challenges, share best practices, and create solutions. For our 21st Century Leaders, we bring in presenters from outside the industry to teach and inspire.
RELIABLE ACCESS TO TOP-QUALITY PRODUCTS—AT THE RIGHT PRICE

RELIABLE ACCESS TO TOP-QUALITY PRODUCTS—AT THE RIGHT PRICE

The LMC team develops unique purchasing strategies along with a drive to remove unnecessary cost from the supply chain. You buy at the right time, and the right price, maximizing profitability.

Volume speaks volumes

LMC is the largest Forest Products and Building Materials Cooperative in the country purchasing over 7 billion dollars for the best independent dealers in the industry. As a co-op our job is to manage the volume of our members to gain benefits they could not achieve on their own. LMC Dealers understand this concept and choose to build volume to support one co-op vs. many.

Put LMC’s Power to Work for You
Put LMC’s Power to Work for You
Put LMC’s Power to Work for You
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Put LMC’s Power to Work for You

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Founded in 1935

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Largest Forest Products Trading Floor

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1000+ Manufacturer Direct Programs

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$7+ Billion in Total Purchases

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$5+ Billion In Forest Products (155,000 Truckloads)

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$2+ Billion In Other Building Materials

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Lowest Expense Ratio in the Industry

Primary Industry We Serve:

  • Traditional Pro And DIY Lumberyards

OTHER INDUSTRIES SERVED:

  • Truss & Wall Panel Manufacturers
  • Post Frame Building Manufacturers
  • Millwork Shops
  • Industrial Companies
  • Commercial Packaging
  • Residential and Commercial Modular Builders
  • Gypsum Specialty Businesses

Pro and DIY Lumberyards

Our membership includes traditional Pro and DIY lumberyards, kitchen and bath showrooms, truss and wall panel plants, modular home and post frame manufacturers, millwork shops, and commercial packaging companies.

Truss & Wall Panel Manufacturers

Our membership includes traditional truss and wall panel plants, kitchen and bath showrooms, modular home and post frame manufacturers, millwork shops, and commercial packaging companies.

Millwork ShopS

Our membership includes traditional millwork shops, and commercial packaging companies. We have built long-term relationships with the highest quality manufacturers and the most desired brands in the industry. Together, they represent more than $24 billion in combined retail sales.

The Industry’s Best Networking Events

LMC Annual
A full-blown buying event in March, where you can also meet with your preferred suppliers, take advantage of professional education, and reunite with fellow members. It’s another unique chance to sharpen your business’s competitive edge and increase your margins.

LMC EXPO
An intimate table-top event in the Fall, where LMC Dealers from across the country gather with their LMC team, and preferred mills and manufacturers to gain insight on building trends to develop their forest products purchasing strategy for the following year.

LMC Leadership Summit
This event brings together next generation leaders from across the country. You will gain insight and tools to take your career to the next level.

Executive Masterclass
Join fellow leaders over several days at a top-rated university in a Masterclass of Leadership Excellence where you will learn how inspire and expand leadership thinking, build new skills by diving deep into business functions and explore the latest research and transformational practices to maximize the performance of teams in your organization.

Category Focused Seminars
Contact us to learn more about our Dealer Alliances focused on Kitchen & Component Manufacturer, and Door Shops.

On-Line Promotions
LMC also offers coordinated promotions throughout the year featuring specially negotiated purchasing opportunities. Members can access these promotions through lmc.net.

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The Largest LBM Co-op in the industry.

The Real Difference
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More than Purchasing
The Value

What Our Members Say About LMC

“LMC is our organization. They are there for one reason, to buy for us. To buy better for us. To provide us information on the market. Take full advantage of it.”

“I find that the greatest value from LMC is the integrity of the organization as a whole. I never feel like I am being sold something. The purchasers feel like an extension of my company and are on my team.”

“The values I see from LMC above the others are the low cost of joining, innovative purchasing strategies, the transparency of the transactions, (and) the degree of specialization of the buyers.”

FAQs

WHO IS LMC?
Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation, or LMC, is America’s leading forest products and building materials buying group, owned by independent lumber, and building material dealers. LMC dealers are united in their purchasing, creating a strong foundation that supports the growth of unique supplier relationships and purchasing opportunities.
HOW WAS LMC FOUNDED?
With a vision to change the way business was conducted in the lumber industry, 13 independent lumberyard owners convened on September 18, 1935, to create the charter for the dream that became LMC. On October 1, 1935, LMC opened a small office in the Fox building at 16th and Market streets in Philadelphia. The charter members agreed to contact two to three lumberyards, and quickly met the membership quota with 35 founding members. Working together with three paid employees, the stockholders developed programs, negotiated buying opportunities, and established direct relationships with lumber mills, who were previously only selling to the traditional wholesale community.
HOW IS LMC’S CULTURE?

The LMC team works as an extension of each and every dealer’s company, not as a supplier. With a strong track record for recruiting and retaining devoted and hardworking talent, the majority of the LMC team has been with the company for 15 years or more. The company culture is one of integrity, knowledge, and innovative solutions, with a focus of providing LMC dealers added value every day.

HOW MANY MEMBERS ARE THERE TODAY?
More than 400 companies with over 1,600 locations in all 50 states and the Bahamas. Our membership includes traditional Pro and DIY lumberyards, kitchen and bath showrooms, truss and wall panel plants, modular home and post frame manufacturers, millwork shops, and commercial packaging companies. Together, they represent more than $24 billion in combined retail sales.
WHAT KIND OF COMPETITIVE EDGE DOES LMC PROVIDE?
In joining LMC, you gain access to our long tenured, experienced purchasing team that will help you improve your bottom line and overall margins. As a LMC co-op member, you get our market intelligence, sharply negotiated purchasing programs, access to new products, business tools, and networking opportunities with the absolute best in the business.
HOW CAN I JOIN?
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