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As one of America's largest wholesale distributors of specialty building products and millwork for light commercial, residential construction and remodeling, Huttig® Building Products makes it easy for our customers to thrive in an ever-changing industry.
That's because in our more than 130 years in the building industry, we've seen it all, learning lessons that have honed wisdom and experiencing challenges that built tenacity. As markets have risen, fallen, and risen again, we've been there—for every trend and every innovation. And at the end of the day, it all comes back to the relationships we've built with dealers, manufacturers and contractors.
With a vast selection of some of the industry's top building products and millwork—including doors, windows, columns, decking, fasteners, house wrap and more—we provide our dealers with top-of-the-line products from the best supplier brands in the country. And then we provide the services they need to make their business a success.
Our value-add services range from Huttig Rewards, a loyalty program that gives back to our customers; to Huttig Doorway, our online pricing configurator; to Finish Line™, our factory-finish door finishing system.
They're just a few of the ways Huttig® makes working in this industry better—and easier—for all those who love building as much as we do.
Huttig begins as a sawmill and lumberyard by brothers Charles and William Huttig, joining other businesses working to rebuild America after the Civil War.
Huttig opens a new plant in Muscatine, IA. The larger space is put to good use as the growth of railroads opens new markets for the company.
Charles' eldest son William is dispatched to Kansas City, MO to serve as manager of the first branch, Western Sash and Door Company.
After the success of the Kansas City branch, Charles' second eldest son, Charles H., is sent to St. Louis to establish a second branch—the forefather of today's Huttig.
After the World's Fair, St. Louis grows…and so does Huttig—from 27 employees to more than 300.
Huttig is asked to support World War I efforts by manufacturing airplanes, wooden ammo boxes and more. The extra work necessitates the creation of more branch offices.
Post-World War I demand leads to a continued expansion of the Huttig operation, with the pace of expansion increasing through the '20s until the Great Depression.
After weathering the Great Depression, Huttig resumes expansion efforts. Branches begin to become less dependent on the St. Louis warehouse.
Huttig assists the government again in World War II efforts, producing items like wood truck body parts and ammunition cases for the military.
Huttig grows through more acquisitions. A year later, Huttig opens several new branches.
With 27 distribution facilities in 26 states and its lone millwork manufacturing plant in Oregon, Huttig generates $100 million in sales for the first time.
Huttig celebrates its first 100 years by acquiring four warehouses and enjoying $700 million in growth over the following 15 years.
Huttig begins hiring general managers for each distribution center, creating even greater accountability and making it easy for customers to get what they need.
Huttig honors its 130th anniversary with We Love Building, a celebration of the industry and those who have weathered the ups and downs to come back stronger.
Huttig embarks on a plan of acquisition and growth, starting with the purchase of BenBilt Building Systems, a leading wholesale distributor and door fabricator in the Mid-Atlantic.