A Lovell man with years of experience in the retail lumber business is striking out on his own, opening Bazooka Lumber and Livestock LLC with the help of his wife and daughter.
Brad Hutzenbiler is the owner and manager of what he calls a new “contractor-based lumberyard that will also cater to do-it-yourselfers” at 316 U.S. Highway 14A East about three-quarters of a mile east of the turnoff to Big Horn Canyon and AMCOL. His wife, Della, is the bookkeeper, and daughter Angelina helps with marketing.
Brad Hutzenbiler said the company’s primary business is building materials, but he will add farm and ranch supplies in the near future. Until his inventory is built up, the company is primarily on an “(I’ll) find it if you’re looking for it” basis to start, he said.
“I’m willing to do a list off a set of plans and help people get under way with a project,” he said. “I’ll sell lumber, doors, windows, siding and roofing, dealing mostly with framing, siding and interior trim but not inside stuff like paint.”
The family has lived in Lovell for 3½ years, Hutzenbiler said, noting that he worked as an assessor for the county, then at the Lovell Building Center. He said he has 24 years of retail lumber experience including 14 years with a lumber yard in Ellensburg, Wash.
“I see a need to service the contractors,” Hutzenbiler said. “I’ll focus on that end of the business – a partnership for sourcing materials and sharing construction techniques.”
Hutzenbiler said he will obtain supplies from a variety of vendors and will “try to find something kind of out of the loop.” He said he will stock common items like eight-foot two-by-fours and standard plywood and sheeting but will go out and seek specialized items.
Bazooka Lumber and Livestock is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Hutzenbiler may also be reached at 509-607-1932. The company email address is
By David Peck