ABC Supply to Acquire L&W Supply

BELOIT, Wis. – ABC Supply Co., Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire L&W Supply from USG Corporation (United States Gypsum Corporation). L&W Supply is a leading specialty distributor of drywall, ceiling tiles, steel framing and other building materials used by commercial and residential contractors. The transaction is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

This transaction is one of ABC’s largest acquisitions to date and comes on the heels of the successful integration of Norandex Building Materials Distribution in late 2015. “We are thrilled to welcome the associates, customers and suppliers of L&W Supply into the ABC family,” said Keith Rozolis, ABC Supply’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “As a world-class distributor of interior building materials, L&W reinforces ABC’s leadership position in building materials distribution and helps set the stage for our next phase of growth.”

With the L&W Supply acquisition, the company will operate over 700 locations in 49 states with combined annual sales of over $8 billion. L&W Supply will operate as a separate division of ABC Supply.

RBC Capital Markets and Deutsche Bank served as financial advisors and Kirkland & Ellis, Leo Law and McDerrmott, Will & Emery served as legal advisors to ABC Supply.

About L&W Supply

Since 1971, L&W Supply has been recognized as a world-class building products company. With the USG Corporation partnership, L&W Supply has been a leading innovator in commercial and residential building products. L&W is a leading distributor of wallboard, suspended ceilings, steel studs, joint treatment, insulation, EIFS, fasteners and related building products.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, L&W operates 136 branches in 35 states and reported 2015 revenues of $1.4 billion. More information about L&W is available online at

About ABC Supply

Headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin, ABC Supply was founded by Ken and Diane Hendricks in 1982 and operates more than 600 locations in 49 states. The privately held company had sales of approximately $5.9 billion in 2015 and is a 10-time winner of the Gallup Great Workplace Award (2007-2016). More information is available online at

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