Supply was started in the early 1970's with the idea of providing customers
with the opportunity to buy at the lowest price possible. When it was
started, we knew a few things:
1. If we wanted loyal customers, we had to provide them with a large
variety and quality of wood and building products at a very low price.
2. If we wanted to keep those loyal customers, we had to give them decent
As a result
of those goals, we knew we had to do a few things:
1. We had to buy direct. NO middle man.
2. We had to be a very low cost provider.
3. We had to have good and knowledgeable employees.
We knew that in the North Valley it is tough to make a living for most
people. They only have so much money and they want to make it count. Because
we wanted to buy direct, we needed to increase our sales volume. We therefore
opened more yards in other towns. We now have yards in Chico, Susanville,
Anderson, and a sister yard in Lodi. Each yard is unique, trying to best
serve the customers in each area. The managers and partners have the option
to buy and stock the materials needed by their customers.
We don't have fancy buildings so we can keep prices low. We also value
your time. Unlike others, you load your pickup directly and it gets tallied.
You do not have to load a cart, spend a long time going through a checkout
counter and then pushing a cart out of your vehicle. If necessary, and
especially for large jobs, we do have a full delivery fleet. We know that
we are very competitive because our friends and customers tell us so.
One our very large multinational competitors said once, "We will match
anybody's price except Payless Building Supply". We thanked him for his
One of the reasons that we can offer spectacular prices is because our
suppliers know that we will take their overruns, mistakes, and specials
in large quantities. They many times give us very special deals. We once
bought over 500,000 board feet of clear heart vertical grain and flat
grain kiln dry redwood. Those of you that got in on that great deal know
that we bought 20 truck and trailer loads of first quality wire fencing
and posts. Here again, to provide our customers with the best deal possible,
we sold these for less 50% of the normal price. We love pass these good
deals on to you...but they do go quickly so you have to act quickly.
As most of our customers know, we offer many different qualities and
grades of the same product. We know that our customers know that you don't
need clear cedar to build a retaining wall, pecky cedar works better in
most cases. Pecky (looks a little like rot) proves that the wood comes
from the center of the tree which is very bug resistant. These same customers
know that the peck stops growing when the tree dies.
If you are building a shed, many times you can use material that you
would not use to build a house. Shop plywood, for example, looks as good
as regular plywood, yet can save you as much as 40%. As one of our people
said, "let us help you find the material in our yard to do your project
and fit your budget".
When you are buying dimension lumber to build your house, we have as
good a quality as anyone. Our trucks stop at the same mills as any one
else...but we are buying direct while others may be going through distributors.
We buy direct from the largest and best plywood plants and sawmills. Some
of these quality suppliers are: Simpson Redwood, The Pacific Lumber Company,
Collins Pine, Sierra Pacific, Roseburg, Seneca, Sound Stud.
We are also the only retailer to operate our own remanufacturing plant
in Chico. This as a plant where we buy random loads of cedar and redwood
and cut, grade, and dogear to make fencing. Many years, we will manufacture,
process, and sell over 60 miles of wood fence. We do this to save you
money, as well as provide you with better service. Many times we make
something special for you that no one else can. Oh by the way, we do wholsale
to others who then resell it to other retailers...so I guess our prices
are really good.
Through the last almost 30 years we have seen lots of major national
building material chains come to Chico and leave. Thanks to you, our very
good customers, we have survived through good times and bad. We are still
the only Chico based full service building material supplier. When you
buy from us, the money stays in town and keeps working for you. We also
support the town to the best of our ability. We challenge any one else
to be as much apart of the Chico communityas we are.
We want to Continue to be your low cost