In 1975, Bill and Rebecca Armstrong opened a new business called “Paneling Center” in a two-lane bowling alley on Pearl Street in New Albany, IN. The only things they sold were 150 different types of paneling, Armstrong ceilings, plastic moldings, and paneling nails.
In 1977 they hired their first employee, David Stemler. David worked alongside Bill as they moved the business into an old ice house/fruit stand on Main Street. All inventory had to be moved by hand as the company did not own a forklift at the time.
By the early 1980’s, Paneling Center had begun to sell many other types of building materials such as lumber, windows, doors, moldings, and trim. To reflect the growing variety of products they offered, Paneling Center changed their name to “PC Building Materials, Inc.” and moved to a new location--the former Fun Spot roller skating rink on 4th Street. They also owned a 5000 square foot warehouse one block away on 5th Street, the building which now houses PC’s Millshop/Woodshop, a business which David started in his garage during the 1980’s.
In 1988, Bill Armstrong suddenly passed away. David, 30 years old and wondering what the future might hold, decided to buy the business, which now had six employees. With the help of a loan from Bill’s estate, along with the Anderson Window distributor, he was able to make the purchase with no money down.
By the fall of 1995, PC had 14 employees and had outgrown its location, so once again the business moved. Rebranded as “PC Home Center,” it relocated to a new building at 123 Cherry Street, where it stands today. Additions were made to the building in 1997, 2000, and 2005 as the business grew. It is now over 90,000 square feet on 7 acres, making it the largest kitchen, bath, window & door showroom in Kentuckiana.
In 2009, PC purchased Stock Building Supply, formerly Sellersburg Lumber & Hardware. This second location, now known as PC Lumber & Hardware, is Kentuckiana’s largest locally-owned lumber and hardware store, situated on 14.5 acres with over 100,000 square feet under roof. PC Lumber & Hardware, located in Sellersburg, IN, is a full line lumber yard that services the pro trade in the Louisville Metropolitan area as well as providing hardware with a personal hometown feel.
Today PC has over 100 employees, and is the largest independent, family owned supplier of building materials to the pro trade and individual consumers in the Louisville Metropolitan area. We are extremely proud of our friendly, well-trained staff at both locations. Thank you for choosing PC to help with your building and remodeling needs!
Serving Kentuckiana. Locally owned and operated since 1975.
123 Cherry Street
New Albany, IN 47150
Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
150 Hunter Station Road
Sellersburg, IN 47172
Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
© PC Lumber and Hardware 2020