Whiting Brothers Lumber, owners of the saw mill in Springerville, Arizona, put in a distribution yard in Lubbock. We bought railcars from them and they let us use their rail heads to unload boxcars with forklifts, and their storage sheds to store materials. Norman sold his truck and trailer in the 1960’s and bought a bob truck. Alan would unload boxcars and deliver lumber, leaving Norman more time for selling lumber.
We rented half of a building south of Erskine Ave where we stored a forklift and a small inventory. After the May 11, 1970 tornado we rented a large metal works building that had been damaged by the tornado. There we had access to railhead and plenty of storage for lumber and all of our equipment. We then began to add particle board, and hardwood plywood to our inventory.
Norman bought a small building on Akron and Oberlin which he rented out to his son Don to repair cotton gins. Later he bought a much larger building behind that, which was part of Mfg. Plant. We then moved our entire inventory into those two buildings.
Alan joined Norman in business in the late 1960’s and Don joined in the early 1970’s and it became Gaydon Wholesale Lumber.