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Rugby Holdings buys Downes & Reader

Hardwoods Distribution announced it purchased Downes & Reader Hardwood Co., through its subsidiary Rugby Holdings LLC.

Downes & Reader is a wholesale and retail distributor of hardwood lumber with four locations in the Northeastern U.S.

“The U.S. Northeast is an attractive market with a population base of over 40 million people and we’re thrilled to have Downes & Reader, a highly respected hardwood lumber distributor in the region, join our team,” Hardwoods president and CEO Rob Brown said in a statement released during AWFS.

Hardwoods is one of the largest North American distributors of architectural building products to the residential and commercial construction markets. It currently operates a North American network of 63 distribution centers, as well as one sawmill with kiln drying operation.

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