Our History

Allied Midwest Merchandisers Inc.

Allied Midwest Merchandisers, Inc. was founded in 1959 by a forward-thinking group of independent lumber dealers in the region who were looking for ways to increase their purchasing power in order to be more competitive. Out of this ingenuity, AMMI was born.

The last 15 years or so have seen great changes in AMMI, as we continue to expand our reach and evolve into a modern, full-line distributor. In 1988, AMMI moved to its current location, which is conveniently located near the intersection of the I-229 and I-90 interchange, and serviced by both rail and truck lines, thereby increasing our efficiency as well as our service capabilities.

The AMMI facility today consists of over 90,000 square feet of warehouse, warm storage, and office space that rests on over eight acres of land. In 1990, AMMI computerized our entire facility, streamlining our processes, such as purchasing, sales processing and intentory management. 2001 brought one of the biggest changes yet - AMMI purchased curtain vans and our own fleet of trucks and drivers, and began delivering products from its Sioux Falls location to each of our dealers throughout the region. Prior to this, all orders either had to be picked up in Sioux Falls or ordered in full truckload shipments to be delivered direct to the lumber yard. In keeping with our basic principle of remaining market competitive, we are extremely proud to say that the addition of this service had a minimal price differential in spit of the spiraling costs of transportations expenses.

Today, AMMI has grown into one of the leading full-service building material wholesalers in our region. This on-going evolution means that today, we are one of only a few wholesalers nationally that can supply all of a lumber dealer's needs - from lumber and plywood, decking and fencing, drywall and roofing, windows and drainage, to caulks and locksets - from the same facility, with one phone call, on one truck. And best of all, you can be assured that it will be the highest quality material, competitively priced, and that you'll have it delivered to your front door in a timely manner!

While many portions of who AMMI is today have evolved, the basic principles of offering a competitive, quality product line, and service to the region's independent lumber dealers have remained at the core of what we do.

AMMI continues to listen to the needs of our customers, assess our market and services, and grow as needed. We take pride in our reputation as a partner to the local independent lumber yards. Our goal is to continue following the concepts that started and made AMMI who we are today - finding ways to make the dealers more competitive and profitable while providing the highest quality of materials and products on the market today. While our company looks vastly different today than the way it looked even five years ago, we haven't forgotten the principles upon which we were founded over 50 years ago.