A large building supplier in Rochester announced this week it is closing its doors on Monday.
The manager of ProBuild sent out letters to customers on Thursday saying the large construction operation along U.S. 14 West at 2953 Wilder Road N.W. is closing "effective Oct. 19."
No one at ProBuild or at its corporate office would confirm the closing on Thursday. The operation has an estimated 8 to 10 employees.
The letter was sent by Dave Mills, ProBuild's area manager based in the Twin Cities.
Mills wrote that ProBuild made the decision to close "After careful review of the market conditions and our operational footprint in Rochester …"
The letter said ProBuild's sites in Mankato, Lakeville and Waseca will take over coverage of the Rochester market. ProBuild has about 30 locations in Minnesota.
The move comes just two months after Colorado-based ProBuild was acquired by rival Builders FirstSource for $1.6 billion. Builders FirstSource, headquartered in Dallas, said the combined company is expected to have annual revenues of about $6.1 billion.
Before it became part of a billion dollar deal, the Rochester construction supplier was a United Building Center. UBC was started in 1855 in Winona by three brothers, William, Matthew and John Laird.
ProBuild acquired all of the UBC locations in 2006, and the ProBuild name went up on the Rochester site in 2008.
In July 2014, ProBuild closed its Austin lumber yard. It had eight on staff when it closed.