CUMMING — In light of Forsyth County’s booming housing market, one wholesaler of home supplies is flourishing after relocating from Suwanee nearly a year ago.
According to the county planning department’s website, more than 6,000 permits for new homes were reviewed in 2013. And so far in 2014, the office has seen more than 2,500.
That’s good news for Jeff Muratori, president of Division 7 Supply. The wholesale facility moved last summer into a 40,000-square-foot facility off Pendley Road.
“It’s been really good,” he said. “Our business is up significantly since we moved here.”
Since opening in Forsyth, Division 7 Supply has grown from about 10 employees to 15, Muratori said.
“Our old facility was just so much smaller … we didn’t have a conference room, we didn’t have any training rooms, our showroom was just tiny,” he said.
“We couldn’t even hire anyone because everybody was on top of each other. We were just really constricted, so we’re excited about being here.”
The wholesale distributor specializes in building materials, primarily roofing and insulation products.
“Those are our two primary core businesses, but we also supply windows and doors a little bit and then we have another business that’s sheet metal fabrication.”
The sheet metal fabrication focuses primarily on “anything that has to do with the chimney.”
Division 7 Supply’s main customers are contractors and its service area is mostly Georgia, but reaches slightly into Alabama, Tennessee and North and South Carolina.
Muratori said the business doesn’t deal with commercial structures, just residential. As such, Forsyth County was the perfect location.
“It’s an affluent area,” Muratori said. “And the whole [Ga.] 400 corridor’s growing. Dawsonville, Cherokee County, Canton, they’re all growing. All the areas [north of Atlanta] are just rapidly expanding.”
He added that by being a locally-owned company, Division 7 Supply can foster better relationships with area contractors.
“Because our headquarters is not in Wisconsin or Dallas or somewhere, we’re big on buying local,” said Muratori, noting that several of the manufacturers of the products they sell are located around Georgia.
He is also proud of the relationships he and his staff are able to cultivate with local customers.
“One of the things that I love about our industry, since it’s not retail and we’re selling to contractors, everything is repeat business. So you really develop relationships with your customers,” Muratori said.
“That’s the best part about it … it’s kind of like dealing with your friends. It’s all about the relationships.”