Founded in 1981 as an office broker in Rocklin, California
by J. Matthew Thomas, (current Chairman and CEO) J.M. Thomas Forest Products
has become one of the largest independent building material distributors in the
J. Matthew Thomas started in the business at age 19 at
Georgia Pacific in Salt Lake City, Utah. Determined that he could provide a
higher level of customer satisfaction, he started his own sales office in
California in 1981, and sold lumber products to retail dealers in several
Seizing an opportunity to begin a distribution center, he
purchased a distressed company’s land in Ogden, Utah in 1990. The Ogden
distribution center was opened in late 1990, and had solid growth those first
few years. Building the best staff in the business, by 1995 J. M. Thomas had
become a major player in the Utah and Western Colorado markets.
In 1995 Bill Anderson joined the company in a management
position to assist Matt with growth objectives. By 1998 J. M. Thomas had become
one of the largest building distributors in the Western United States. In 2002, the Boise,
Idaho facility was opened and in 2009 JM Thomas acquired Colorado Forest Industries in Denver, CO.
Today J.M. Thomas Forest Products ranks as one of the top
distributors in the United States, and with a strong financial position we are
poised for future growth.