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ABC Supply arrives: Wholesale supplier of building materials opens first ND branch

Ben Dahl, left, branch manager of ABC Supply in Fargo, stands with Rick Swenson, a sales representative, at the expanding company's first location in the state. Nick Wagner / The Forum

Fargo - ABC Supply Co. Inc., which has over 450 locations nationwide, has opened its first branch in North Dakota.

It is located at 4119 14th Ave. N., in the heart of Fargo’s industrial area.

The wholesale company supplies exterior building materials such as shingles, windows and siding to professional contractors.

Despite its nationwide scope, the individual branches are able to stock product in response to local demand, said Ben Dahl, Fargo branch manager.

“Every ABC is different,” said Dahl, who started with ABC Supply in the warehouse of its Madison, Wis., branch, and recently completed the company’s training program in Savage, Minn.

The Fargo operation includes two warehouses, totaling 25,000 square feet of interior space, separated by a yard filling up with product.

Products include GAF, CertainTeed, Owens Corning and Atlas shingles; Mastic vinyl siding; EMCO steel siding; Mule-Hide commercial roofing products; and Vector, Atrium and Ply Gem windows.

Fargo’s branch has six employees, though the company hopes to hire more drivers with commercial driver’s licenses, Dahl said.

Richard Swenson, sales representative for the new Fargo branch, said contractors will appreciate the company’s customer service delivery system, which ensures orders are brought to the job site complete and in good condition.

Dahl said as part of the system, the driver takes photos and uploads them with GPS coordinates attached to verify the order has been delivered and is correct.

“I think once we can get out there, prove how the system works, we’ll show (contractors) the value we can add,” Dahl said.

In a news release, Jim Welch, vice president of ABC’s Midwest Region, lauded North Dakota’s oil boom and Fargo’s strong new home market.

“By locating our newest branch in Fargo, we are bringing the ABC Supply brand of superior service to the contractors who are working in this busy market,” Welch said in the release.

There are four ABC Supply Co. branches in the Twin Cities, one in St. Cloud, Minn., and the company recently opened its first Montana branch in Billings.

ABC Supply Co. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Beloit, Wis.

Sherri Richards

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