Les Kjos establishes Western Woodwork, a cabinet and millwork shop at 1015 East Idaho St, Kalispell.


Ivan O’Neil purchases interest in Western Woodwork and building materials becomes part of the business.


Western Woodwork incorporates and the name changed to Western Woodwork and Supply to more accurately describe the operation.


1963 May Sale–one of the first of many!

Western Woodwork and Supply builds new store 1019 East Idaho St., Kalispell.


Western Woodwork and Supply joins Ace Hardware.


Les Kjos, Carle O’Neil, and Ivan O’Neil purchase Columbia Falls Lumber. Carle becomes manager of Columbia Falls Lumber.


Western purchases Lindsey Lumber Co. of Whitefish and the three stores merge into one corporation. The corporate name changed to Western Building Center. Randy Kjos becomes manager of the Whitefish Store.


WBC purchases Lindsey Lumber Co. of Eureka. Dave Lyons becomes manager.


Doug Shanks becomes manager of Western Building Center Columbia Falls.


Randy Kjos, Dave Lyon, Craig Maltby, Doug Shanks, and Bill Schottelkorb buy stock in Western Building Center joining Les Kjos, Carle O’Neil, and Ivan O’Neil.

Bill Schottelkorb becomes manager of Western Building Center of Whitefish.


Western buys Peavy Thunderbird Home Center of Kalispell.

Bill Schottelkorb becomes manager of the Peavy store.

Craig Maltby becomes manager of the Idaho Street store.

Doug Shanks becomes the manager of both the Whitefish and Columbia Falls stores.  Randy Kjos becomes corporate purchasing agent.


Carle O’Neil resigns to accept place in Washington D.C.


Les Kjos retires.


Les Kjos, WBC founder, dies.


Constructed new store in Whitefish.


Western Building Center starts Western Building Center Insulation and Building Specialties as an insulation contracting business in Whitefish.

Ivan O’Neil retires as General Manager of Western Building Center.

Doug Shanks takes Ivan’s place as General Manager. Jeff Nelson becomes manager of the Whitefish store and Howard Ficek becomes manager of the Columbia Falls store. Ivan O’Neil remains Chairman of the Board of Directors.


Western buys Libby Building Center. Rich Burns becomes manager of the Libby Store.


Rich Burns, Howard Ficek and Jeff Nelson become shareholders of Western Building Center.

Western acquires Woody’s Big Sky Supply in Polson, Ronan, and Plains. Dave Ottun, Don Kocubinski and Jeff Martin remain as managers.


Western constructs new 16,000 sq. ft. store in Columbia Falls at 1550 9th St. W.


Rich Burns retires and Karla Miller becomes manager of the Libby store. Howard Ficek moves to the corporate yard to manage operations and Eric Martin becomes the manager of the Columbia Falls store.


Howard Ficek becomes Information Technologies Manager to take over Western Building Centers’ new consolidated computer system.


Mark Anderson becomes a stockholder.


Western Building Center Eureka

Dave Lyons retires from the Eureka Store. Steve Leigh take his place.


Dave Ottun, Don Kocubinski and Eric Martin become shareholders of Western Building Center.

Remodeled and added new addition to the Whitefish Store

Remodeled and doubled size of the Kalispell Store.


Jeff Nelson retires, and Mark Anderson takes over as Whitefish Store Manager.

Western builds WBC Truss and Building Components plant in Columbia Falls with Donald McGrady as manager.


Eureka Store gets expanded and built new drive through lumberyard.


Western Building Center purchases Stevensville Hardware, renovates it and adds drive through lumberyard. Rod Hunter becomes manager.

Stevensville Storefront

Steve Leigh retires from WBC Eureka and Scott Messick becomes manager.

WBC Insulation division is closed.


Western Building Center opens new Culbertson store. Manager Jeff Martin from the Plains store moves to manage the new Culbertson store.


Ty Shanks and Mike Hammett take over as managers for WBC Kalispell replacing Bill Schottelkorb.

Josh Maltby Moves to Manager of Evergreen Western Building Center retiring Craig Maltby.

Randy Kjos retires from Western Building Center.

Truss Press

Brent Hartley is new manager of Western Building Center Distribution Center.


Cammi Navarro becomes the new manager of WBC Libby.


Don Kocubinski retires and Mike Hinman becomes new manager of WBC Ronan.

Western Building Center completes construction of its new truss plant in Columbia Falls.

Kelly Murphy replaces Rod Hunter as manager of the Stevensville store.


All locations managers become shareholders in Western Building Center.


Mark Anderson becomes General Manager, taking over for Doug Shanks. Doug becomes director of outside sales. Scott Moseley becomes manager of the Whitefish location and becomes a shareholder.


Western Building Center closes the Culbertson location.