TAL Holdings, one of the fastest-growing family-owned building material centers in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed in principle to acquire Miller’s Home Center with four locations in Baker City and La Grande, Oregon. “As part of our strategic growth initiative and our commitment to helping build better communities, we seek companies who align with TAL on operational excellence and core values,” shares Jason Blair, CEO of TAL Holdings. “Miller’s checks these boxes and more. Current owners, Steve Colkitt and Wayne Ryder built a tremendous business over the last several decades, and we are grateful for their trust and partnership through the acquisition process.”
Miller’s operates two home centers and lumberyards, an 18,000 sq ft retail store in Baker City and a 35,000 sq ft retail store in La Grande. Also in La Grande is a truss plant and a cabinet manufacturing facility. “Miller’s provides us with an excellent opportunity to diversify our business growth and expand into manufacturing — one of our strategic goals,” adds Blair. In 1984, Miller’s story began when Colkitt established NAPA Auto Parts in Union, Oregon. Over the next several decades, Colkitt and Ryder, who joined as a business partner in 1995, grew the business to include hardware, cabinetry, lumberyards, and trusses.
“We are excited for this partnership and for the next phase of our history,” said Colkitt. “TAL’s long history in Eastern Oregon and their emphasis on core values and community makes this a perfect fit. Plus, a larger organization will provide our employees with additional resources and growth opportunities. This will be a beneficial partnership for all involved — employees, customers, and vendors.” After a transition period, Miller’s will open as part of the TAL family of companies on December 12, 2022. Upon completion of the acquisition, TAL will operate 29 locations: eight in Oregon, 12 in Washington, eight in Idaho, and one in Montana.