Guardian Building Products (GBP) is one of the specialty building product industry's most dynamic players. With 30 branch offices across the nation, GBP is able to deliver an array of innovative, market-focused products and services to more than 5,000 LBM customers.
With a lineage in lumber and building materials going back 140 years, Guardian Building Products has earned its place as one of North America’s most capable and trusted distributors.
W.M Cameron opens his first retail lumberyard at Warrensburg, Missouri, supplying ties and construction timber to the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad.
Ace Hardware is founded as a cooperative in Chicago, Illinois, with the goal of providing centralized purchasing for the LBM/hardware needs of independent dealers.
The Guardian Glass Company is established in Detroit, Michigan, with contracts to fabricate windshields for the Motor City’s burgeoning auto industry.
TruServ LBM is founded
Thomas A. Roe inherits the Citizens Lumber Company from his late father and renames it Builder Marts of America. BMA goes on to become a Forbes 500 company.
The newly formed Guardian Fiberglass division sets up shop in a former television-tube manufacturing plant in Albion, Michigan, laying the foundation for what would become Guardian Building Products.
Guardian invests heavily into BMA, transforming Guardian Fiberglass into a multifaceted building products company.
Guardian acquires the LBM divisions of Ace and TruServ, becoming the largest wholesale buying and distribution group in the LBM industry.
Guardian acquires Dallas-based Cameron-Ashley Building Products, distributing products for new construction, remodeling, and repair, and descendant of the original W.M. Cameron lumberyards.
Guardian acquires remainder of BMA shares.
Koch Industries invests in Guardian Industries.
Guardian Building Products sells fiberglass insulation manufacturing business to Knauf Insulation.
Guardian Building Products acquires the major business assets of Hawkeye Building Distributors, a two-step distributor of building material and hardline, roofing and millwork products serving independent retail lumber yards in the Midwest.
Koch Industries, Inc. completes the acquisition of Guardian Industries Corp. Koch initially invested in Guardian in 2012, acquiring a 44.5 percent minority interest in the company at the time.
Guardian Building Products is a leading two-step distributor of specialty building products, with more than 30 stocking distribution centers strategically located throughout the United States.
Guardian Building Products is part of something much bigger, Guardian Industries
Guardian Building Products is a subsidiary of Guardian Industries. With locations throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, North America, the Middle East, and Africa, Guardian Industries is a recognized leader in the float glass and automotive products industries.