Gordon Lumber returning to Findlay with store, factory

Gordon Lumber will be returning to its Hancock County 236 site this spring, with a contractor-focused store, a factory and at least 40 jobs.

It closed its store at 6485 Hancock County 236 in the 2009 recession and housing slump. It had six employees then, down from a dozen a year earlier. Findlay’s gain this year is a loss for two other towns. Oak Harbor is losing a factory, and a store in Tiffin closed nearly two weeks ago.

“These operational changes are necessary to support and sustain the double-digit sales growth the company has experienced annually during the past three years,” Gordon Lumber Chief Executive Officer Gary Farber said.

Room for the factory, which will produce trusses and wall panels, will be made out of changes to the existing Hancock County 236 building, Farber said. It will employ at least 32 people on two shifts. Limited production will start in March and full production in April, Farber said.

The store will open by May.

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