by Richard Uhlhorn
“This was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” said Brett LaMar about Lake Chelan Building Supply’s sale to TAL Holdings LLC. LaMar was approached three years ago, but Brett backed off. When TAL LLC looked into building a facility out at Apple Blossom Center, Brett became more serious about his own personal estate and his family’s stake. “How am I going to do this,” asked LaMar.
Brett LaMar has reached an business agreement with TAL Holdings LLC of Vancouver, Washington for TAL to take over ownership of the business, leaving Brett as the manager with the business name remaining.
TAL approached Brett again and after a long and arduous negotiation, Brett and TAL agreed in concept. “The negotiations took quite awhile,” LaMar said. Once the employees were covered and other issues surrounding the sale agreed to, the acquisition went forward.
One of Brett’s biggest concerns was his employees. “They are my next layer of family,” he said. LaMar also doesn’t see a whole ton of difference except for Marson and Marson moving its operations to the LCBS Chelan location.
The LaMar family kept its property in the deal. TAL only purchased the business interest. TAL has a nine store chain of retail building material centers in Oregon and Washington. Lake Chelan Building Supply will begin operations as a part of the TAL family of companies on March 30.
Brett will remain as LCBS’s manager and is on the board of TAL. “We’ve tried really hard to be a member of the community,” said LaMar. “My door is wide open if any customer has concerns or a question. We are an open book,” stated Brett.
Brett posed with his son Bryson at a Manson High School baseball game. Brett is one of the assistant coaches and has been very active in the community.
TAL Holdings LLC is a Vancouver, Washington Company and shares the same basic business principles of building honest, fair and ethical relationships with its customers. TAL CEO M. David Dittmer said, “We are excited to join forces with Lake Chelan Building Supply.”
TAL currently operates a branch in the Chelan market under the Marson and Marson brand; but the Marson and Marson location in Chelan was not adequate to support the business potential in the market. “The opportunity to join forces with Lake ChelanBuilding Supply presented itself and the rest is history,” said Dittmer.
Marson and Marson, another TAL Holdings company will move its operations to Lake Chelan Building Supply’s Chelan location as a part of the business deal between the three companies.
Over the next few months, the Marson and Marson location will close with employees and product transferred to the LCBS Chelan location. At that time, TAL will continue to operate under the Lake Chelan Building Supply brand. “I am pleased that TAL has decided to honor the legacy of my parents and Lake Chelan Building Supply by continuing to operate under our company name.”
“Lake Chelan Building Supply has a strong employee group. Their years of experience in our industry, coupled with the expertise of the Marson and Marson team in Chelan, make us the place to go for building solutions for both the consumer and the contractor,” stated Dittmer.
Dittmer stated that, “This acquisition is the right addition to our company. We have an opportunity to strengthen our market share in greater Lake Chelan with the addition of LCBS. We are anxious to expand our footprint in this growing market.”
Lake Chelan Building Supply was founded by Edd and Sharon LaMar in 1979 on the simple but important moto; “Where Customers Become Friends.”
One of Brett’s recreational pursuits is to join Lake Chelan Mountain Bikers group rides with his wife Beverly.
About TAL Holdings LLC: TAL Holdings has 4 operating divisions: 1) Tum-A-Lum Lumber, founded in 1906, serving the Hood River, The Dalles, and Pendleton markets in Oregon, 2) Marson and Marson Lumber, founded in 1955, serving the Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Chelan and Cle Elum markets of Washington, 3) Browne’s Home
Center, founded in 1947, serving the San Juan Islands of Washington and 4) Gerretsen Building Supply serving the Roseburg, Oregon market. All four divisions provide contractors and homeowners with a wide assortment of building material products and services.