Through a combination of acquisition and new start-ups, ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis., has added 16 locations to its national network of building materials supply centers for contractors.

The company recently acquired Burton Building Products of Little Rock, Ark., and will continue to operate the following centers: Hot Springs, Ark.; Austin, Texas; Jonesboro, Ark.; Ft. Worth, Texas; Harahan, La.; Houston; Tupelo, Miss.; San Antonio, Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; Dallas; Jackson, Tenn.

The former Burton locations, which sold only siding and windows, will be expanded to include ABC Supply’s complete lines of exterior building products, as well as related tools and equipment for contractors. “The addition of Burton’s siding and window expertise will enhance the product mix we currently offer customers in the Southwest and Southeast regions,” said David Luck, president and COO of ABC Supply.

ABC Supply’s new locations in the following Midwest cities opened for business in early March: Aurora, Ill.; Rockford, Ill.; LaSalle, Ill.; Canton, Ohio; and Niles, Ill. “These are strategic locations for ABC. In many cases, we were already shipping into the area,” said Luck.

In addition, ABC Supply Co. Inc. recently purchased Jim Houk Seamless Guttering & Supply Inc. of Joplin, Mo., a company that supplies rainwear to seamless gutter contractors. The acquisition adds six new locations to the company’s growing network of supply centers across the country, as well as a manufacturing facility in Joplin. The new ABC Supply centers are located in: Joplin, Mo.; Springfield, Mo.; Kansas City, Kan.; Wichita, Kan.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Tulsa, Okla.

Houk has had a long-standing relationship with contractors, providing gutter coil and accessories in the area for several years. The acquisition will expand the line of exterior building products offered at all of the ABC centers, new and old, throughout the region.

This will be the second ABC Supply region to manufacture roofing-related accessories. The company plans to continue to expand this model to other ABC center locations on a regional basis in the future, according to Bob Bartels, senior vice president of operations for ABC Supply. “It will provide us with more control over the production of roofing-related accessories which the company currently purchases from hundreds of small suppliers in a very fragmented market,” said Bartels. “This will help us ensure we are offering a consistent, quality accessory product to customers regardless of the location they visit.”