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www.bluelinxco.com / Headquarters: Atlanta / Employees: More than 1,600 / Specialty: Building products /
Bob Driver, senior fleet manager: "We have a huge footprint with regard to the number of distribution centers we operate."
BlueLinx offers more than 10,000 building products to more
than 11,500 customers in most major U.S. metropolitan areas.
BlueLinx Corp.'s nationwide presence and fleet investments ensure its retail and
other customers receive building materials quickly. BY JIM HARRIS
lueLinx Holdings Inc. Senior
Fleet Manager Bob Driver is proud
of his company's ability to quickly
reach customers, regardless of where
they are in the United States.
"We get our products out to our customers on time because we have a huge
footprint with regard to the number of
distribution centers we operate," he says.
The company operates 38 distribution
centers across the country, each of which
covers a 200-mile radius. BlueLinx also
uses third-party logistics providers as
needed to reach certain areas.
BlueLinx uses the PeopleNet software platform for its dispatching as well
as electronic driver logging. Although
technology has given BlueLinx an added
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advantage in meeting customer needs,
the company also prides itself on personalized service. "Our fleet management
organization is based in Atlanta, but we
have staff that work in each of the 38 distribution centers, as well as salespeople
and product managers who work in the
field with customers on a one-on-one basis," Driver adds.
BlueLinx Holdings serves most major
metropolitan areas in the contiguous
48 states, selling to more than 11,500
customers. BlueLinx offers more than
10,000 building products from more
than 750 suppliers to service its customers nationwide. Its customers include
dealers, industrial manufacturers, manufactured housing producers and home
improvement retailers. "Our largest customers are Lowe's and Home Depot, but
we also serve mom-and-pop retailers that
sell building materials," Driver says.
Each distribution center receives orders from its local area. The Atlanta office
handles national account orders, which
are farmed out to the centers for processing and shipping. "If you need a building product such as lumber or specialty
molding, we can have that on a truck
within 24 hours," he adds.
The company began in 1954 as Georgia-Pacific Corp.'s distribution division
with 13 warehouses used for storing and
distributing plywood. Over the next 40