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Hometown Highlight: White Building Materials

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When Jerry White picked up a yard job at the local Lubbock lumberyard in 1967, he didn’t know it would change his life forever. Now, 51 years later, he owns his own building materials company, White Building Materials in Lubbock, and is celebrating 47 years of marriage to his former boss’ daughter.

Originally from Levelland, Texas, Jerry moved to Lubbock when he was 14 years-old and met his wife Jackie when he was 16 and she was 15.

“That’s how I got in the lumber business. Her dad owned a lumberyard and he was trying to replace me – thought he would work me to death. I won and I’m still with her,” Jerry said, jokingly.

In 1983, Jerry and Jackie took over the family lumberyard business. The business closed in 1991; however, Jerry continued in the lumber business working in different positions including yard/delivery man, foreman, sales representative and as an assistant manager.

Inspired by his father-in-law, Jerry eventually chose to start his own business in 2010 when he recognized the need for a local lumber business in the Lubbock community.

Family-owned and locally-managed, White Building Materials is the only independently-owned building materials company in Lubbock. Specializing in lumber and structural products for builders, White Building Materials works closely with the Lubbock Home Builders Association and professional residential builders.

“We carry a pretty large inventory of lumber and structural products – that’s how we started. That was going to be our backbone and bulk of our business, but since then we’ve gotten into drywall or sheetrock. We carry roof shingles, windows and door units. Our services have been growing over little bits of time, ” Jerry said.

He says a major contributor to their business’ success has been their team members and their company’s standard of “treating people the way you want to be treated.”

For a full listing of products and services, visit their website by clicking here. For questions or for more information about their business and services, email kevin@whitebuildingmaterials.com or call 806.745.8600.