50 years Mt Carmel timber trade has new owners

50 years Mt Carmel timber trade has new owners

MT. CARMEL, Illinois (WFIE) – Officials of RP Lumber Co., Inc. say they acquired Kieffer Lumber in Mount Carmel, Illinois.

RP Lumber officials say they are a family-owned hardware and building materials company, making it their 59th location in Illinois and 85th location overall.

“For 50 years, Kieffer Lumber has served the citizens of Wabash County and the greater Illinois/Indiana area, and we are excited to have their team join the RP Lumber family,” said Robert Plummer, President & CEO of RP Lumber. “We recently added locations in other states, but our roots are in Illinois and we are excited to increase our footprint in the Land of Lincoln.”

“My family has been in the iron, lumber, and construction businesses for many years,” says Duane Kieffer, who currently manages Kieffer Lumber, which was opened in 1972 by his parents, Marge and Al Kieffer. “We have been blessed with a good company and good customers, and now we have decided to hand over the reins to a colleague of the highest caliber while our family made decisions about the next steps for our company,” Kieffer added.

The Kiefers say they will continue to work with the company.

Officials say the transaction will close on Friday and the store will begin operating as RP Lumber on Saturday.

They say the Kieffer Lumber team will stay on board. In addition, the company will be looking for additional staff.

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