Lumber Companies See Mixed Results After Disasters

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COLUMBIA - Rebuilding efforts in Missouri had lumber companies busy on Monday after recent natural disasters. Local business owners said they are getting back their normal inventory after shipping building supplies to Joplin. ABC Supply Company is among local lumber companies that have pitched in.

"We have seen a five percent increase in business since the recent disasters," Tom VanBerkum said. "We haven't seen as much business as the Kansas City and Joplin stores, so we have been doing what we can to help them."

But Boone County Lumber Company owner Brad Eiffert said he hasn't seen any increase in business sales due to storms.

"We didn't see any change, but the whole housing market nationwide is behind with existing projects not related to storms, so the rebuilding in places like Joplin is further hindering future developments," Eiffert said. "Business remains steady."

Eiffert and VanBerkum both said the roofing industry would be strongly impacted just because people need new roofs and siding every day. A potential problem could have come after the major roofing distributor Tamko Building Products had its Tuscaloosa plant destroyed in the April tornado. It recently reopened for business after a month of its own rebuilding.