In the late 1950’s, L.M.Olson began bringing in lumber and other building materials to supplement the L.M. Olson Construction business located at 712 East Murray Street in Rawlins, Wyoming. As materials were brought in and stored at the site, members of the community desired to purchase surplus materials for their home projects. As this activity grew, the lumber and building materials division of L.M. Olson Construction, Inc. was started and Jack Cairns was hired as manager.
In April of 1963, L. M. Olson Construction moved to a new location on Daley Street, and the Lumber and building materials division incorporated into its own business as Build-Rite Limber and Supply, Inc. Jack Cairns continued as manager and part owner in the new cooperation. In 1976, Jack Cairns retired and the L. M. Olson family, including son Steve Olson, purchased all outstanding shares of the business. In 1977 Steve Olson was named President and General Manager of Build-Rite Lumber and Supply, Inc.
In April of 1981, Build-Rite moved to it’s current location at 1724 East Cedar Street on 3.5 acres of ground and 10,000 square feet of retail store space. As energy development in Wyoming continued to drive growth, the business purchased the Saratoga lumber yard in the mid 1980’s and has operated both locations ever since.
While continuing as President and General Manager, Steve Olson has also been heavily involved in the Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (MSLBMDA) since 1961. He served on the MSLBMDA Board of Directors in 1987-88 and has continued to stay actively involved in the organization, traveling extensively around Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming to share information with other MSLBMDA member companies. This experience and expertise continues to benefit the customers and partners of the Build-Rite locations.
In 2009, Matt and Maureen Arnold, son in law and daughter of Steve and Janet, returned to Rawlins to work in the business. Today, they are actively involved with the perpetuation of the Build-Rite, making it a third generation business in Southern Wyoming.