About GBP

Guardian Building Products (GBP) is one of the specialty building product industry's most dynamic players. With 30 branch offices across the nation, GBP is able to deliver an array of innovative, market-focused products and services to more than 5,000 LBM customers.

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Timeline

With a lineage in lumber and building materials going back 140 years, Guardian Building Products has earned its place as one of North America’s most capable and trusted distributors.

  • 1800s
  • 1867

    W.M Cameron opens his first retail lumberyard at Warrensburg, Missouri, supplying ties and construction timber to the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad.

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  • 1900s
  • 1924

    Ace Hardware is founded as a cooperative in Chicago, Illinois, with the goal of providing centralized purchasing for the LBM/hardware needs of independent dealers.

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  • 1932

    The Guardian Glass Company is established in Detroit, Michigan, with contracts to fabricate windshields for the Motor City’s burgeoning auto industry.

  • 1942

    TruServ LBM is founded

  • 1961

    Thomas A. Roe inherits the Citizens Lumber Company from his late father and renames it Builder Marts of America. BMA goes on to become a Forbes 500 company.

  • 1980

    The newly formed Guardian Fiberglass division sets up shop in a former television-tube manufacturing plant in Albion, Michigan, laying the foundation for what would become Guardian Building Products.

  • 1998

    Guardian invests heavily into BMA, transforming Guardian Fiberglass into a multifaceted building products company.

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  • 1999

    Guardian acquires the LBM divisions of Ace and TruServ, becoming the largest wholesale buying and distribution group in the LBM industry.

  • 2000s
  • 2000

    Guardian acquires Dallas-based Cameron-Ashley Building Products, distributing products for new construction, remodeling, and repair, and descendant of the original W.M. Cameron lumberyards.

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  • 2003

    Guardian acquires remainder of BMA shares.

  • 2012

    Koch Industries invests in Guardian Industries.

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  • 2014

    Guardian Building Products sells fiberglass insulation manufacturing business to Knauf Insulation.

  • Present

    Guardian Building Products is a leading two-step distributor of specialty building products, with more than 30 stocking distribution centers strategically located throughout the United States.

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Guardian Building Products is part of something much bigger, Guardian Industries

Guardian Building Products is a subsidiary of Guardian Industries. With locations throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, North America, the Middle East, and Africa, Guardian Industries is a recognized leader in the float glass and automotive products industries.