Home improvement retailer opens store
News from Grand Rapids Business Journal (subscription):

A company that reclaims building materials has opened a local home improvement store.

Odom Reusable Building Materials said last week that it has opened a store in Grand Rapids, at 1029 4 Mile Rd. NW.

The company has operated a home improvement store in Grawn, southwest of Traverse City, since 1998.


Odom sells a range of reclaimed interior and exterior items: doors, cabinets, windows, sinks, flooring, trim, shelving, lighting, bathroom vanities and more.

“We are a ‘dream store’ for do-it-yourselfers,” said Bruce Odom, the store’s owner. “Many of our reclaimed products are ‘rare finds’ that feature a higher level of quality and craftsmanship than new products.”

The company said its prices are “up to 50 percent less than comparable new items.”

Reclaiming process

Odom Reusable Building Materials gets its inventory from donations by homeowners and small businesses, as well as trade-ins.

Trade-in building materials must be in demand, not in surplus and clean — without missing pieces or major damage.

The company also gets its inventory by working with local contractors to remove unwanted building materials from various job sites.

“Our service saves contractors valuable time and expenses,” Odom said. “Hauling and tipping fees associated with the removal of…………… continues on Grand Rapids Business Journal (subscription)

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Homeowners are finally getting around to those home remodeling projects they were forced to put off during the worst of the recession, according to The Boston Globe.

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