Company History

Western Building Products started in business in 1946, at 7534 West State Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when at the end of World War II Milwaukee was without a Millwork Jobber.

The company was known at that time as Western Lumber Distributors and was a partnership of Reo, Harold and Marsden Elliott.

The principal product line at that time was lumber which was sold to customers in car load lots. In 1947 the company acquired its first Warehouse space to use in the distribution of mouldings.

In 1950, the company’s name was changed to Western Moulding Company.

In 1955, the company was incorporated and became a distributor for Farley and Loetscher Manufacturing of Dubuque, Iowa, a reputable Millwork Manufacturer. Western
grew rapidly into a full-line Millwork Jobber and soon became the largest distributor of “Quality-Bilt” millwork in the United States.

In 1954 the company was relocated to the present facilities at 1300 North Glenview Place, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. A building that packed pickles was cleaned out and used as the initial Warehouse, prior to a more suitable Warehouse being constructed.

In 1973 the Andersen Corporation selected Western as their new Milwaukee Distributor and a new dimension of quality performance was added in serving customers.

In 1983 the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) was
established affording employees the opportunity of having an interest in the company.

In 1984, the company’s name was again changed to Western Building Products, Inc. to better reflect the broader range of products being offered.

In 2003, our Illinois Distribution Center (IDC) in Genoa City, Wisconsin allowed Western to continue to grow and service an expanding market.

After over 70 years, we continue serving an ever-expanding customer base in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, delivering quality building products on time and error-free.