Ridout was started in 1971 by Homer L. Ridout and his son Wayne Ridout. Many members of the Ridout family worked in the business over the years, including Wayne’s wife, Robbye Ridout, son, Ross Ridout, and two daughters, Kristen Ridout Smith and Kari Ridout Rockwell. All of these family members were active in the business at the time of the acquisition by US LBM in 2017, with Ross Ridout staying on as President through 2021.
Ridout Lumber Company was Arkansas’ largest family-owned lumber company chain and a top 20 lumberyard in the country in 2017 when it was acquired by US LBM. US LBM is one of the largest building material distributors in the United States via its network of leading specialty dealers and building supply companies. US LBM implements the philosophy of local autonomy and leadership to capitalize on the premier reputation of its operating companies and local customer relationships. For this reason, the Ridout companies still operate under the Ridout name, with Brad Cunningham being named President in January 2022.
There are 11 retail locations including 10 Ridout Lumber Companies and a Commercial Division in Little Rock which sells drywall, metal framing, and acoustical ceilings. All locations are in Arkansas except for one Ridout Lumber Company in Joplin, Missouri.
In addition to the 11 retail locations, the Ridout Companies also operate Arkansas Wholesale Lumber Company, which is a fully functional wholesale lumber distributor, serving as the buying company for all the Ridout Lumber Company locations and many independent dealers across the state.
Ridout also operates Ridout Door Company in Searcy. Through this facility, the largest door assembly plant in Arkansas, each Ridout location is supplied with a full line of interior and exterior doors in materials including wood, steel, and fiberglass.
The corporate offices for the Ridout Companies and Arkansas Wholesale are located in Searcy, Arkansas.