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Custom Millwork Benefits & Industry Trends

Custom millwork is an excellent way to add functionality and personality to almost any space.

Residential construction accounts for about 90% of overall millwork sales, with residential work about evenly split between new construction and remodels. The largest purchasers of millwork products include residential and commercial building contractors, wholesalers and retail outlets.

Let’s take a closer look at a few of the benefits of custom millwork for residential and commercial customers alike, and trends affecting the industry, including competition and customer preferences. Read more »

Developing an Effective Marketing Plan for Construction Companies

Whether your construction firm is a new startup or has been around for decades, your marketing strategy must engage customers and create a positive experience for everyone who comes into contact with your business.

It’s also an ongoing effort that includes the whole organization, not a one-time event or a single person, department or agency.

Prospects are more savvy than ever, and effective marketing gives you the opportunity to learn about them so you can provide consistent value and keep them satisfied over the long term.

Let’s take a look at three important ingredients for an up-to-date marketing strategy that lets you stand out from the competition in a dynamic construction industry. Read more »

Must-Have Features for Energy Efficient Homes

Let’s face it – everyone wants to cut costs these days.

It’s no wonder that energy efficiency continues to be a top priority for homeowners looking to remodel or build.

People want features that promote lower heating and cooling costs, smart water usage and a better mix of natural and artificial lighting. And a significant number of consumers are more than willing to take on higher, short-term project costs in return for smaller utility bills over the life of the property.

If your clients are looking to go green or just spend less on utilities, here are some of the energy efficient features that can benefit almost any home. Read more »

House Floor Plans & Architectural Styles You Want to Know About

Many people are looking to build their next home rather than buy.

New housing starts for August 2018 were up 9.4% from a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

What architectural styles are people seeking out? Home design experts say buyers are looking for comfortable and practical over showy and ostentatious. Eco-friendly features are big with those looking to go green or save on utilities, while tech-friendly options are must-haves for contemporary and traditional homes alike.

Let’s take a look at the most popular house plans, along with some of the hottest building features, that homeowners are looking for. Read more »

Home Design Trends: Update Your Gray with a Pop of Bold

What colors are attracting today’s homeowners for new builds and remodeling projects?

The choice of color plays a major role in meeting client expectations and guides the selection of countertop materials, fabrics and of course paint colors for walls, doors, window frames and more. Read more »

Andersen Corporation to Sell Some Lines

Andersen Corporation recently announced that they have signed an agreement to sell their Silver Line brand to Ply Gem. At this time, Mid-City Lumber does not anticipate any changes to the Silver Line product or service of this brand and will continue to provide all Silver Line products for our customers. If you have any questions, please contact your sales representative or any Mid-City Lumber associate.


Construction Industry Trends for 2018 & Early 2019

It’s no secret that construction plays a vital role in the strength of our economy at both the state and national levels.

Construction contributes $11 billion to Missouri and nearly $800 billion to the U.S. economy as a whole, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

But what construction industry trends can contractors expect for the remainder of 2018 and early 2019? Let’s take a look at some of the factors that are currently influencing the near-term outlook for the construction industry. Read more »

Renovation and Construction Planning: Sweat the Small Stuff to Stay on Time and on Budget


High customer expectations, tight budgets and stringent deadlines mean your reputation and your profits are on the line with every project.

And from weather disasters to costly rework requests to subcontractor defaults, there are lots of things that can throw off your construction timeline and inject unwanted costs along the way.

That’s why going beyond the basics to get the little things right from start to finish is key to maintaining control of your project while meeting the seemingly endless challenges facing today’s contractors. Construction planning and scheduling is more important than ever. Read more »

Lumber Theft Reported Not From Mid-City Lumber

On Wednesday, June 6, the Columbia Police Department reported that Jason Pattillo has been arrested for stealing approximately $25,000 worth of lumber over the course of a month from Mid-City Lumber. This report is inaccurate.

The lumber stolen was not taken from the Mid-City Lumber store, located at 4709 Paris Road as reported, but in fact, was lumber being stored by a contractor who was renting storage space at a facility owned by Mid-City Lumber and located at a different address on Paris Road.

No lumber or any other materials have been stolen from Mid-City Lumber at their 4709 Paris location or at any of their other operating stores in Jefferson City, Boonville or Sedalia.

Boonville Fire Update

Early Sunday morning, our Boonville store was destroyed by a fire. Fortunately, no one was injured. We thank the Cooper County Fire Protection District, Boonville Fire Department and others for their hard work to put the fire out.

Clean up is beginning immediately and we will start construction to rebuild as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will continue to serve our Boonville customers through our Columbia store.

The Boonville phone lines are being redirected to Columbia, so you can still call the Boonville number to place orders. You can also call your sales person directly. We ask for your patience as we work through the cleanup and rebuilding process.

Types of Deck Materials


Your deck is your own little staycation spot. You come together for family fun, entertain friends, enjoy your morning coffee or relax at the end of your day. A well-designed deck can hold many memories, so be sure to choose the best decking material for your budget and lifestyle. Read more »

On a Budget? How to Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen remodels make for higher resales, engaged spaces and happy chefs. But while kitchen renovations offer a larger return on investment than most other remodels, the costs can be overwhelming. Even minor kitchen remodels can sneak over your budget limit if you aren’t careful. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to do a kitchen remodel on a budget without sacrificing style. Read more »

Checklist For Hiring A Contractor: What To Know

The overwhelming process of hiring a contractor can be made easier with a little preparation. Knowledge is power, as they say, and your best chance at a great result, whether your project be a renovation or a brand new build. Know what you want, what you can spend, and research several contractors to find the best fit for your project. Read more »

Boonville Fish Fry Makes Good Friday Extra Good

What a great turn out we had at the annual Good Friday Fish Fry held at our Boonville store! We fed about 250 or more local customers and their families and had a lot of fun. Thanks, too, to our own Mid-City cooks as they did what they always do – made a great meal for all! Hope to see you again next year.

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Great visiting with you!

We enjoyed talking with everyone who came out to the 18th Annual HBA Home Show of Central Missouri!

Thanks for coming!

We had a great time at our Contractor Lunch in Columbia last week. There was lots of good food and good company – thank you to everyone who attended!

Coming Soon: Reveal® Panel System by James Hardie

James Hardie is excited to announce the launch of the Reveal® Panel System. The customizable Reveal Panel System features high-design, high-performance components to distinguish your multi-family projects. 

This new product will be available n January. Contact us for more information.

Good luck, Charlie! We’ll miss you

We are sorry to say goodbye to one of our long-time associates, Charlie Waller, who is relocating to St. Louis. We wish him all the best in his new endeavors and thank him for his service as part of the Mid-City family.

Unique Features Available for Your Home

Mid-City Lumber always offers the very best brands for your projects, large and small. We are also proud to offer unique products for homeowners who want something a little different. Check out this open corner door system available through Win-Dor.

Mid-City Lumber Recognized for Support of St. Jude Hospital

Mid-City Lumber was proud to partner with Shaw Floors on a program designed to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


New Winter Hours

closed_sign-1475793852-8115Please note, Mid-City Lumber will continue to be closed on Saturdays for the foreseeable future. Please visit us Monday – Friday 7 AM – 5 PM.

New County Guidelines for Exterior Deck Construction

Boone County will now use these new guidelines in reference to exterior deck construction. Of course, if you have any questions, we are happy to be a resource.

City of Columbia Issues New Guidelines for “Solar Ready”

The City of Columbia has issued new guidelines for “solar ready” buildings, as well as a new city building permit application. Forms are available here.




More information can be found on the City of Columbia website.

High School Football Tailgates

Mid-City Lumber loves to help out our local Booster clubs. Here are some pictures from the tailgates we’ve hosted this year in Boonville, Jefferson City and Sedalia. Thanks to all who attended!


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Another Great Mid-City Tailgate

It was a great day! Thank you to everyone who could join us!



Tiger Win and Mid-City Fun!

Thanks to those who came out to cheer on the Tigers! We had a great time with you!


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New Building Code Requirements as of October 1, 2016

Significant changes in the 2015 Codes and new enforcement policies will begin October 1, 2016. Columbia Building & Site Development held a meeting on August 23 to share important information about these changes. Please visit their website for more information.




Thanks for Attending!

IMG_2903A big thank you to everyone who attended the Mid-City Lumber Product Showcase! We always have a lot of fun with this event, and we hope you did, too! Let us know if you have any follow up questions about the products and options you saw. We’re here to help make your project a success!



Another win for Mid-City Lumber

It’s always a WIN when Mid-City hosts friends at our tailgate! Thanks to everyone who braved the rain to join us. We didn’t bust out the grills but still had some great food and great company.


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Mid-City Lumber was proud to support the Jefferson City Jays Booster Club when the Jays took on Rockhurst. It was not a win for the Jays, but it was definitely a win for the Boosters as we helped them serve up lots of delicious hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. We always have a great time supporting our community schools!










Mid-City Lumber Homecoming Tailgate Had Huge Turnout

We all wish the final score would have been better, but if you joined us for the Mid-City tailgate, at least you can say that part of the day was worth celebrating!

Thanks to everyone who came out – we had a huge crowd! So many of our customers and their families were with us and that’s what it’s all about. We had a great time with all of you and hope you had a great time, too!

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Let the Tailgates Begin!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the season’s first Mid-City Lumber Tiger Tailgate! We had a great time. M-I-Z!

Football Night in Boonville

Thank you to all who came out and supported the Boonville Pirates!

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2015 Product Showcase

Mid-City Lumber would like to thank all those who attended our 2015 Product Showcase! We had a really good time with all of our vendors and customers. It was great to see so many home owners and visit with them about their remodeling projects, and we always enjoy the chance to share with our contractors all the best and latest products. If you left hungry, it wasn’t our fault! As always, our Mid-City cooks prepared something delicious for all. We hope you had a great time and will join us again next year! Read more »

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