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Improving Performance and Profitability
Lumbermen’s, Inc. is a distributor selling a full line of building materials to home centers, lumber dealers, cabinet shops, office furniture manufacturers, and commercial roofing contractors. Founded in 1954, the company now has about 200 employees and is 100% employee owned.

The Challenge:
Five years ago, General Manager, Roger Vanderheide was looking for ways to sustain the company’s growth and further increase its profits.

The Process:
He heard about the Predictive Index® (PI®) through a colleague who recommended it for staffing and growing the business. Vanderheide used PI® to profile the company’s most successful outside sales people and wasn’t surprised to learn that indeed they were ideally suited to their work. He realized that PI® was a powerful tool that could help him assess potential new hires as we as the suitability of a employees to their roles in the organization. He saw PI®’s potential to improve communication, performance, and profitability.

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"Thanks to good management and PI®, our sales have doubled over the last six years and our turnover is less than the industry average at 3%.” Roger Vanderheide, General Manager
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Lumbermen’s trained its managers to use PI® and, over time, the company profiled all of the employees and gave each of them the results. “We’ve built this company on trust and good communication,” Vanderheide said, “and sharing with all of our employees the information provided by PI® was a worthwhile process for everyone.”

The Remark:
In an industry that continues to go through major changes, Lumbermen’s has increased its chances for success by having its people well-matched to their jobs and managers who are trained to motivate employees with the information provided by PI®. One manager told Vanderheide that his training to use the Predictive Index® is the single best thing the company has given him to run his division.

Vice President of Operations Steve Petersen said, “PI® has improved communication between managers and has become part of our corporate language. It has helped put all of us on the same page when it comes to managing people and reduces the stress usually associated with solving employee performance issues. Due to our growth, we have had to add numerous people at all levels of the company. By using PI® as a tool in the hiring process, we can say that few hiring mistakes have been made.”

“Thanks to good management and PI®, our sales have doubled over the last six years and our turnover is less than the industry average at 3%.” Vanderheide said. “It’s something I wouldn’t want to do without, paying for itself many times over in reduced employee costs. We use PI® religiously in many capacities, and we have found it very valuable in growing our company and our profits.”

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