August 5, 2015

 Pan American Screw Acquires Western Builders Supply

CONOVER, N.C. – Pan American Screw LLC is pleased to announce the acquisition of Western Builders Supply, Inc. (WBS) of Billings, Montana.

WBS distributes a full line of construction fasteners direct to lumberyards, home centers, and farm and ranch supply businesses in the North Central and Rocky Mountain states. WBS has been a family-owned business since 1945 and current CEO Rob Saunders will remain with WBS during a transition period.

Pan American Screw, a Marmon/Berkshire Hathaway company, currently supplies fasteners under three industry leading brands: Deerwood Fasteners, Sure Drive USA, and Co-Op Screw. “The WBS product line will add tremendous value to our product offering and strengthen our position in the marketplace,” said Gene Dagenhart, President of Pan American Screw.

WBS specializes in star drive construction screws and specialty structural fasteners widely recognized in the construction industry and sold under the Big Timber® brand. “The WBS best in-class packaging has great shelf appeal and will add value for both our new and current Pan American Screw customers,” said Phil Lail, Pan American Screw General Manager.

Dale Rife, a 12-year veteran of Pan American Screw and currently VP Finance, will relocate to Montana to lead WBS. “My goal is to continue the WBS tradition, begun by the Saunders family, of superior products and customer service while continuing to grow sales and expand the company,” Rife said.

Pan American Screw welcomes the employees and customers of WBS. For more information regarding Pan American Screw, visit and for more information on WBS, visit