PAL is a member owned buying group headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. PAL is a self-governing organization of independent lumber and building material retailers. Today PAL services members located in 17 states.
PAL members recognize the value of acting cooperatively to increase buying power and reduce costs. PAL was established by independent retailers to maintain their competitive edge, and the focus today is as clear as it was in 1937 - to give independent dealers the tools to survive and prosper in an increasingly competitive market.
Our buyers have hundreds of years of aggregate experience in the products they trade, working exclusively for PAL shareholders. They take pride in their ability to understand the shareholder's needs, negotiate the best buy with major suppliers, and in helping shareholders with product knowledge and problem solving. Our mill and manufacturer contacts can help minimize your cost of goods sold and using PAL's buying services frees up your time to do what you do best - sell and service your customers. PAL realizes the independent nature of lumber retailers. Although belonging to a large organization, a PAL shareholder maintains its unique personality and image in the community. A PAL shareholder operates his own business, using PAL's purchasing power and expertise to maximize his time and increase his bottom line profitability.
Some buying groups think their success is critical to their shareholder's success. At PAL, we know it's the other way around. If you're not successful, there is no way PAL can be. PAL prides itself on keeping its shareholders success its highest priority, knowing that strong shareholders make a strong co-op. You won't find another buying group more dedicated to member profitability and satisfaction than PAL . (click here to learn how to become a shareholder)