Our History

1940s

1948

Capital Lumber Company is founded on February 3rd.

George Gaskin unknowingly began to pave the way for what was to become Capital Lumber Company.

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1949

Capital Lumber & Supply Company.

Surrounded by cotton fields on the corner of 35th Avenue and Buckeye, the first location carried lumber and all types of hardware.

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1950s

1959

Capital consisted of 6 employees and a single man on the saws.

During this time, all job descriptions were the same: “Do what needs to be done.” To this day, Capital employees share a similar mindset.

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1960s

1967

Second Generation.

George Gaskin extends an offer to 26-year-old John Gaskin to come work for Capital Lumber. John accepted on one condition: that Capital Lumber convert the store from part retail and part wholesale to 100% wholesale.

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1969

A Fire Wreaks Havoc On Capital Lumber Company.

The most serious hazard to Capital Lumber came from weeds. The innumerable dry weeds in the rail easement near the lumber yard posed a critical fire hazard to Capital Lumber. On a hot, windy day in June of 1969, those weeds made good on their threat. Ignited by a spark from a passing train, they fueled a fire that destroyed all of Capital Lumber Company in a matter of minutes. The very next day, a trailer was moved onto the site, new phones were installed, and Capital Lumber Company was open for business.

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1970s

1970

John Gaskin Becomes President Of Capital Lumber.

Due to his failing health, George makes his son John the President of Capital Lumber.

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1973

New Distribution Center Built.

Expanding Capital Lumber Company had always been a part of John’s plan, and the first phase was directed at the Phoenix yard.

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1976

Capital Lumber Expands.

Capital Lumber’s first expansion into Albuquerque, NM and Orange, CA.

 

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1980s

1980

Another Distribution Center is Built.

A new distribution center built, Capital Lumber moves from Orange to Chino, CA.

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1987

Capital Lumber Has A Presence In Northern California.

Capital Lumber opens a new planning mill and distribution plant in Healdsburg, CA.
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1989

Growth Mode Continues.

Capital Lumber opens a distribution center in Denver, CO.

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1990s

1994

Capital Opens Another Location In The Western U.S.

A distribution center opens in Salt Lake City, UT.
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1999

Capital Lumber In The Pacific Northwest.

Cascade Capital distribution center in Tacoma, WA opens to service the state of Washington.
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2000s

2000

Capital Building Materials.

Phoenix, AZ starts what is known as Capital Building Materials.

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2001

Capital In Motion.

Operations in Texas expand to include a reload facility in Waco to improve customer service in central Texas.
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2002

A Larger Presence in Washington.

Humphrey Lumber is acquired in Tacoma, WA and merged into the existing site.
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2003

Capital Expanding Its Footprint.

A sales office opens in Dallas, TX.
Salt Lake City operations move to a new five acre site.
The Tacoma facility expands its footprint by three acres.
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2004

A Busy Year At Capital. Sam Sanregret steps into the role of President while John Gaskin retains role as Chairman of the Board.

Denver facility adds two acres.
A new distribution center opens in Dallas, TX and Waco merges with Dallas.
A distribution center opens in Spokane, WA.
Capital Building Materials consolidates activities with Capital Lumber in Phoenix, AZ.
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Capital On The Move.

A distribution center opens in Tangent, OR.
Denver expands its facility by 10 acres and adds on to their office.
A distribution center in Stockton, CA opens.
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2007

Business Still Booming.

Phoenix Operations moves to a larger office next door and tears down the building built in 1975. The Chino facility expands their yard by two acres.
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2008

More Plans For Expansion.

The Salt Lake City, UT location moves to a newly built site on 17 acres.
Capital gains a larger presence in Texas by opening a distribution center in Houston, TX.
The Stockton, CA location merges with the Healdsburg, CA distribution center.
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2010s

2011

Gaining More Market Share.

The distribution center in Tangent, OR relocates to Portland, OR.
Capital acquires Snavely Forest Products in Phoenix, AZ and JM Thomas Forest Products in Albuquerque, NM.
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2013

Capital Celebrates 65 Years Of Service.

Capital purchases the assets of All-Coast Forest Products’ distribution facility in Chino, CA. The Spokane, WA distribution center is consolidated into the Tacoma, WA and Portland, OR locations.
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2015

A Big Year For Growth and Expansion at Capital.

Capital purchases James Plywood in Salt Lake City, UT and expands their product offerings. Healdsburg purchases 11 acres adjacent to the existing site. The Denver branch expands its footprint by purchasing 9 acres contiguous to the existing site. The Phoenix branch acquires the 14,000 square foot building adjacent to the 18 acre site that was already functioning as its sales office.
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2016

Northern California Continues to Expand

Capital purchases Capitol Plywood in Sacramento, CA.
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Stay Tuned To See What’s In Store For Capital.

 

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