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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:18 am, Wed Oct 24, 2012.

Building Materials Distributors, Inc., one of Galt's biggest employers, has completed a new outdoor storage yard to be used mostly to store their engineered wood product. This will allow BMD to move its entire Northern California Wood Product Division from the Port of Stockton to the Galt industrial area.

BMD has offices in Southern California, Colorado, New Mexico and British Columbia, Canada, but it is headquartered in Galt. It distributes products to independent lumberyards, regional building material dealers, window and door specialty retailers, hardware retailers and home centers.

Galt City Manager Jason Behrmann said the city greatly values BMD's investment in the community.

"BMD has operations all over the country and it is significant that their corporate headquarters is located here in Galt," he said. "Any time they choose to consolidate or relocate more of their operations to Galt, it is a good thing for the city and reinforces their longstanding commitment to the community."

New Galt Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Frank Gayaldo agreed.

"BMD is a very important employer for Galt, and for our entire region. I support anything BMD can do to improve their own profitability, especially if that creates more local jobs for our region," he said.

BMD's new storage yard is located at 70 Industrial Court.

This isn't the company's first major expansion. In 2002, it expanded the Galt location, bringing the total to 165,000 square feet of warehouse space on 25 acres of land.

Earlier this year, BMD became an authorized distributor of Simpson Strong-Tie products in Southern California. The extended distribution area builds on BMD's long-standing partnership with Simpson, according to a press release.

BMD became the first Simpson Strong-Tie distributor in 1952, and previously served the Northern California market. This expanded distribution area allows Southern California dealers another option in purchasing Simpson.

"BMD has a depth of Simpson Strong-Tie and marketplace knowledge that spans over 60 years," Jeff Gore, president and chief executive officer of BMD, said in a written statement. "We are excited about providing our newly expanded partner channel with the expertise and services that dealers need to offer best in class Simpson Strong-Tie products to their customers."

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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