Griffin Lumber & Hardware welcomed a crowd of folks to the Ribbon Cutting sponsored by Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Aug. 27. People came to meet the new owners, store manager and employees of the former Dodd Builders Supply and check out its supply yard and fully stocked shelves. 

Griffin Lumber & Hardware CEO C.J. Griffin said that customers in Forsyth will find the same quality materials and attention to service that made them loyal to Dodd Builders. He said the company is a traditional building supply that serves contractors and do-it-yourself projects, everything from “building a house to working on a deck.” There is treated lumber, windows, doors and paint to start with.

Griffin is the third generation owner of the business that his grandfather, Bill Griffin, started in Cordele in 1948 as a sawmill. Over the years they added retail lumber and building materials. They also began to build floors and roof trusses. Milling their own lumber and building specialty structural products provides more advantages in choice, pricing and availability for customers. Griffin Lumber and Hardware now has locations in Cordele, Leesburg, Tifton, Griffin and Forsyth.

Randy Maddox is the store manager for Forsyth. He said he has a full service lumber yard ready. He is meeting customers in Forsyth and finding out what areas they would like to see expanded at the store. Currently he has about 12 employees in Forsyth; he said his goal is to hire more as sales increase. 

Griffin said the company made the decision to move into Forsyth because the growing but tight-knit rural community is the type of place where Griffin Lumber & Hardware wants to be. When Dodd Builders Supply became available, it fit with the type of family business that Griffin Lumber is.

“Dodd Builders had the same core set of values that we have,” said Griffin. “We are third generation family-owned and very family oriented. We want everyone to feel that as they come in. We are large enough to buy right, but we don’t want to lose the hometown feel.”

Mike and Jennie Dodd owned and operated Dodd Builders Supply for 42 years before deciding to retire at the end of June.

“When the opportunity to join the Griffin Lumber team presented itself, it quickly became evident that this was an excellent fit,” said Dodd. “We could not be more confident in our future under Griffin Lumber’s leadership.”

Griffin Lumber & Hardware is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Maddox said he is considering adding Saturday hours but is waiting to learn what the community wants. For more information, call 478-994-6403.