Guardian Building Products (GBP) has acquired the major business assets of Hawkeye Building Distributors

Guardian Building Products (GBP) has acquired the major business assets of Hawkeye Building Distributors. 

Hawkeye Building Distributors is a two-step distributor of building material and hardline, roofing and millwork products serving independent retail lumber yards in the Midwest. 

Headquartered in Rock Island, Ill., the company has additional locations in Chillicothe and Joplin, Mo., as well as a millwork assembly facility in Rock Island. “We have always admired Hawkeye as there are many similarities between our companies,” said GBP President and COO Jim Becker. 

“We serve the same type of customers and the majority of our product lines are the same, which makes this such a unique opportunity. More importantly, our teams mesh well culturally.” 

As a result of the acquisition, GBP expects to add more than 300 customer accounts and 60 suppliers. 

Customers of the affected branches can expect to benefit from the expanded supplier and product offerings. 

Hawkeye Building Distributors owners and founders Donald DeWulf and Carl “Butch” Stahler will join GBP after the acquisition. They will focus on working with existing customers to ensure a seamless transition and growing the customer base with the expanded product offerings and superior service. 

“It was important for us to find a purchaser that was genuinely concerned about our employees and customers,” said Stahler. “We wanted to ensure the purchaser could maintain the service levels we built over the years – we have found that with Guardian Building Products.”

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Jim Fair
Jim is founder and publisher of, a daily news medium serving the Greater Greer area and the executive editor emeritus of The CLUTCH. Jim attended Furman University and worked most of his career at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal (a New York Times company) as Sports Editor and Business Editor. He was co-founder of the New York Times Regional Sports Group consisting of 14 properties and planned and staffed major event coverage including Winter and Summer Olympics and all major sports.

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