About Builders Supply
Builders Supply is the Midwest’s largest independently owned lumberyard, owned 100% by its employees.
April 1, 1951, Builders Supply Company opens its doors at an old coal yard on North 24th street in Omaha, where selling steel kitchen cabinets for local home builders. Builders Supply Company was started by Maury Udes, a WWII combat veteran.
Udes, three employees, and a truck, began business together. Udes claims the start date of April 1st was on purpose, in case the business failed, he would simply claim it was an April Fool’s joke.
By 1955, Builders Supply expanded and began supplying a large selection of building materials; lumber, trusses, millwork, wood-framed windows, hardware and wooden kitchen cabinets.
With the added inventory, a larger space is needed to handle the increasing business demands. Builders Supply relocates to the edge of Omaha, 72nd and F street, to be easily available to builders developing West Omaha.
The city of Omaha is rapidly growing and expanding in every direction. Builders Supply is at the center of development, contributing materials to construction sites, housing developments, and commercial projects. During this time, Udes begins a second business, Security Window Company, which manufactures aluminum framed windows.
1974, as both companies evolve, a path to merge the two develops. This merger marks a new phase in Builders Supply history. Together, Security Window and Builders Supply begin to cohabitate a new, 36-acre space at, the now familiar, 5701 S 72nd street location.
The spacious location offers new possibilities for Builders Supply, like room to open a retail home center, which begins selling essential tools and materials for contractors.
1976, Udes starts the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), as a way to reward employees with their own stake in the company.
The eighties bring a time of change and evolution to Builders Supply. As the company begins the shift to 100% Employee-Owned, Udes begins to develop a transitional plan that will keep Builders Supply moving forward.
1988, Builders Supply opens the Pneumatic Nail department.
Builders Supply opens a siding department, while discontinuing the manufacturing of aluminum framed windows, ending Security Window Company.
1992, Udes shifts towards retirement and is elected to Chairman of the Board, Robert Wellendorf steps in as President and Dan Wellendorf is promoted to Executive Vice President.
Builders Supply opens the wall panel manufacturing plant and expands the truss manufacturing facility to handle the continuous growth in business. Builders Supply also opens an installed-insulation department.
2001, Udes is inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame by the Greater Omaha Chamber. This award is presented to leaders in all industries who help make Omaha a greater place to live and work, a true testament to the value of the company that he helped to build.
2004, Builders Supply becomes 100% Employee-Owned through the ESOP.
2005, Maury Udes passes away at the age of 83 on November 15th.
2007, Builders Supply opens the Design Center, showcasing products and design to help inspire and educate customers on the latest in home trends.
2016, Builders Supply purchases land at 69th and Q and moves the wall panel manufacturing plant to a larger facility. With the construction of a bridge across the Ralston Creek, Builders Supply connects the two properties, now occupying over 56 acres of land.
Currently, Builders Supply employs over 250 employees and continues to be at the heart of Omaha’s building industry.
The current executive staff consists of Robert Wellendorf, President, Dan Wellendorf, Executive Vice President, Brian Goerke, Vice President of Finance and Administration, and Ron Wellendorf, Vice President of Sales.