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Carter Lumber closes its doors after 39 years

Employees of Carter Lumber, 4399 County Road 130, learned at 7:30 a.m. Friday their place of employment was no longer open.

Carter closing

A “For Sale” sign hangs from a locked front gate Friday at Carter Lumber, 4399 County Road 130. Company officials confirmed the local business has closed after serving the community for 39 years. (EXAMINER PHOTO | T.J. HUBBARD)

An employee confirmed the closing Friday afternoon, saying they “closed for business today.” Approximately 10 people are employed at the business.

“They just came in and told us today,” the employee added.

The company’s website indicates the company, with headquarters in Kent, operates in 11 states, and the local store was one of 26 closed Friday by the company.

CLICK HERE to read Carter Lumber's media release about the store closings.

“They are being closed because they were in smaller markets or locations without the support the company wanted,” said David McCafferty, vice president of marketing, in a story published Friday in the Akron Beacon Journal.

When Carter opened here in the spring of 1974, it increased to eight the number of lumber companies operating in Logan County at the time. It began with five employees, including then-manager Mike Altstaetter.

Also among the closures was the store in Kenton.

In the last 10 years, Carter Lumber has transitioned from a do-it-yourself/remodeling store to supporting the professional business, Mr. McCafferty said.

The new alignment leaves the company with 143 stores and comes at a time when the “company is financially strong.”

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