August 22, 2010

Haley Lumber and Building Supply pleased with new location

PLATTSBURGH — From beer to boards.

Haley Lumber and Building Supply is open in the former Lake Placid Pub and Brewery Building, located at 1472 Military Turnpike.

President Tim Haley said the company, formerly Soleil Lumber, moved from space it was leasing at Cedar Knoll Log Homes on May 1.

"We stock a full line of building-material products," Haley said. "We have anything someone needs to build or remodel a home."

The decision to move was based on the suitability of the building for their business and its location. Haley said the amount of traffic on Military Turnpike is tremendous.

Haley said he and his brother, Phil, worked at Gregory Supply (now Curtis Lumber) for a number of years. Another employee, Jacque Bacque, worked in the building supply industry in the Saranac Lake-Lake Placid area for more than 25 years.

They had discussed going into business together for about two years, Haley said. By opening the company together, they have brought together a large, loyal customer base from the two areas, and business has been good so far.

"We have received tremendous customer support and vendor support. We've been taking care of them for 20 to 30 years," he said

"It's a perfect match."

Haley Lumber and Building Supply is owned and operated by Haley, his wife, Suzzane, his brother, Phil, Bacque and his wife, Elizabeth. The new property is leased from Cedar Knoll Log Homes.

The new location is about 11,000 square feet. There is also about 4.5 acres of yard space, with several outbuildings for storage.

Both leave plenty of room for future expansion. Haley said that's good, as there are signs the economy is on the rise.

Warehouse space has been renovated with storage racks that hold some lumber and insulation.

They have only had to make minor renovations. The building had a great layout, with office space and a conference room upstairs and plenty of room downstairs for display shelves and storage.

Work continues on installation of racks and shelving inside. Lumber, insulation, doors, nails, screws, lock sets and more are in stock.

"We are still continuing to set up material in the store," Haley said. "We will also have a complete line of builders hardware."

That will include hand tools, power tools and the accessories to go with them.

They sell a lot of pressure-treated products, deck packages, garage packages and roofing materials.

There are 11 employees at present. Haley said seven of them have more than 20 years experience in the building supply industry.

"I think our biggest strength is our staff," Haley said.

He's been in the business since 1974, and his brother worked with him at Gregory Supply for 25 years. Another employee, Scott Passino, had more than 20 years at that company, while yard foreman Jay Passino was there for 25.

Two women at the front desk, Midge Hulbert and Terri Pulsifer, have years of experience at companies such as Grossmans and Ward Lumber, Haley said.

Haley Lumber and Building Supply is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"We're usually here before and after that," Haley said.

They decided not to open on Saturdays after years of working every other Saturday.

"You have to spend some time with the family," he said.

Haley said they have customers from as far away as Tupper Lake and Glens Falls, and do business within about a 100-mile radius.

A fleet of two boom trucks, two flat beds and numerous pickups allow them to make free deliveries, Haley said.

Haley Lumber and Building Supply accepts cash, credit cards and allows charge accounts.

Another bonus with the new location is its proximity to The Hungry Bear restaurant, which opened in June across the parking lot.

"They've got some great food," Haley said. "It's very convenient for us."

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