About Cameron Ashley

Cameron Ashley Building Products is one of the specialty building product industry's most dynamic players. With 30+ locations across the nation, Cameron Ashley is able to deliver an array of innovative, market-focused products and services to more than 5,000 LBM customers.

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Timeline

With a lineage in lumber and building materials going back 140 years, Cameron Ashley Building Products has earned its place as one of North America’s most capable and trusted distributors.

  • 1800s
  • 1867

    Wm. Cameron opens his first retail lumberyard at Warrensburg, Missouri, supplying ties and construction timber to the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad.

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  • 1900s
  • 1924

    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.

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  • 1932

    The Guardian Glass Company is established in Detroit, Michigan, with contracts to fabricate windshields for the Motor City’s burgeoning auto industry.

  • 1942

    TruServ LBM is founded

  • 1961

    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.

  • 1980

    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.

  • 1998

    Guardian invests heavily into BMA, transforming Guardian Fiberglass into a multifaceted building products company.

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  • 1999

    Guardian acquires the LBM divisions of Ace and TruServ, becoming the largest wholesale buying and distribution group in the LBM industry.

  • 2000s
  • 2000

    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.

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  • 2003

    Guardian acquires remainder of BMA shares.

  • 2014

    Guardian Building Products sells fiberglass insulation manufacturing business to Knauf Insulation.

  • 2016

    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.

  • 2017

    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.

  • 2018

    Guardian Building Products is acquired by Pacific Avenue Capital Partners, a Los Angeles area-based private investment firm.

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  • Present

    Cameron Ashley Building Products is a leading two-step distributor of specialty building products, with 30+ locations strategically located throughout the United States.

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