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When Southern Lumber and Millwork learned the state was taking two of their seven acres for a new highway, they had to rise to a challenge they never expected to face. With 75 years of equity in their Charleston location, moving was not an option. Together with CT Darnell Construction and Sunbelt Rack, Southern embarked on a 4-phase, 7-building, 3-year-long facility renovation that transformed their business and shattered their sales goals.
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See what true efficiency looks like.
Our millwork stack racks are movable, stackable storage systems for windows, doors and other products. Because they’re movable, you can load millwork onto them directly at the assembly area and then move them to a warehouse or staging area. Because you can stack them up to three racks high, you can arrange them densely and thereby eliminate aisles and save warehouse floor space. They can even be loaded directly onto a delivery truck used in conjunction with curtain vans and piggyback lifts and thus eliminate manual loading and unloading.

When you’ve been going strong for as long as Jennings Builders Supply and Hardware, it’s easy to understand why they’d be hesitant to tinker with what’s working. After all, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? But in 1998, they held their breath and did just that. And they’ve never looked back.
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Over the years, we’ve worked with McCoy’s Building Supply to design and furnish rack systems and pre-engineered buildings at 45 of their locations. In the process, we’ve learned a lot about each other and helped McCoy’s create an incredible lumberyard experience for their customers. And, as we were constructing racks and warehouses, we built something even bigger – a 14-year relationship.
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With their core lumber operation firmly established in the densely populated East Haven area, how would East Haven Builders Supply respond to the ever-growing demand for remodels, new builds and commercial construction in other growing parts of the state?
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Ganahl Lumber needed help turning a facility that once functioned as a car dealership into a highly efficient retail LBM operation. What's more, the newly acquired 4-acre site had to deliver the same exceptional customer experience and inventory as Ganahl's other locations five times the size. All this in regulation-heavy, historic downtown Pasadena. CT Darnell® Construction's comprehensive, high-capacity solution built on their proprietary Sunbelt Rack systems met every one of these challenges head on.
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Kimal required a facility that was highly efficient, hard-working, and delivered an unparalleled customer experience. The solution? A 25,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art drive-thru retail operation and an indoor full-service lumberyard designed by CT Darnell Construction and equipped with its Sunbelt Rack systems. The centerpiece is an automated Power Bin lumber storage system.
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Benefits Overview - part 1
Features Recap - part 2
The Sunbelt Rack Power Bin is an innovative automated rack system that handles and stores lumber, plywood, vinyl siding, MDF molding, composite decking, metal roofing, and other building materials. A Power Bin system provides numerous efficiencies, including eliminating unnecessary labor, conserving warehouse space, saving man-hours, and significantly reducing the chance of employee injury.
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Articles/Press Releases:

CT Darnell Construction Pitches in to Support Austin, TX Area Homeless
By the end of this year, a 27-acre site just outside of Austin, Texas, will provide about 250 homeless people not only with permanent housing but with a true sense of community.
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Doubling Down at Ridgefield Supply
The CT Darnell team is happy to hear about the continuing success of Ridgefield Supply. We had the distinct honor of working with owner Margaret Price in 2015, when we were employed to rebuild Ridgefield’s entire yard, including six new buildings and multiple rack systems.
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CT Darnell Construction Celebrates 30 Years of Service
In 2017 CT Darnell Construction marks 30 years of service to the LBM industry and beyond. The Atlanta-based, family-owned company was founded in 1987 as Sunbelt Rack Storage Systems and has expanded into construction, site planning and design.
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New Tum-A-Lum Lumber Company location receives industry award for design.
The 10,000-square-foot showroom and lumberyard in Hood River, Oregon, received the 2016 ProSales Excellence Award. Two of Sunbelt Rack’s custom L-sheds provide high-density storage at the facility.
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HBSDealer named T.H. Rogers Pro Dealer of the Year.
We're privileged to have been part of T.H. Rogers' success, by rebuilding stores in Arkansas and Oklahoma that had been destroyed by fires. Working from the ground up, we were happy to provide a turnkey solution that enabled them to minimize their downtime and get up and running again.
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Spahn & Rose makes a new home for the future.
Read about their newest facility in Dubuqe, IA and how Sunbelt Rack outfitted its 72,000 square foot drive-thru lumberyard.
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Congratulations to US LBM on being named 2015 Prosales Dealer of the Year. US LBM's East Haven Builders Supply recently completed a facility redesign in Manchester, CT with the help of CT Darnell Construction and Sunbelt Rack.
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When it comes to helping LBM retailers of all types and sizes update their sites, expand their offerings, or open new yards, Sunbelt Rack turns to four workhorses that offer outstanding design flexibility, storage capacity, and material handling and organization efficiency.
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When co-owners Terrill and Tom Bartlett were ready to add a 10th facility to the chain of lumberyards they operate throughout the state of Texas, they did what successful business owners do – they tapped into the resources they know and trust, including CT Darnell Construction Construction.
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There are many benefits to working with a full-service provider like CT Darnell Construction. The design phase goes faster, and it can often overlap with the production lead time, cutting weeks off a project.
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Having outgrown its 1,800 square-foot store, LeGresley Home Building Centre in Miramichi, Canada, opened the doors on its state-of-the-art facility last fall. Designed and constructed by CT Darnell Construction, the new 20,000 square-foot facility features a drive-thru LBM warehouse that allows the company to keep apace of its growth with an expanded product selection.
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Jackson Lumber & Millwork, who opened in 1946 in Lawrence, MA, put in place a series of lean manufacturing principles to quantify, measure, and analyze the performance of its door shop, earning them the ProSales' 2014 Dealer of the Year Award.
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Sanford & Hawley, a 129-year-old lumber and LBM operation in Unionville, CT, created a lumberyard impressive enough to win the 2013 ProSales Excellence Award for Best Facility Design.
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CT Darnell Construction, who operates throughout Canada, can help companies manage and organize their inventory more safely and efficiently with their unique Sunbelt Rack LBM storage system. In 2014, the Canadian home improvement industry is predicted to grow, and the best players must work to raise their game and improve their operations.
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