GMS Inc., a North American distributor of gypsum wallboard and suspended ceiling systems, announced that it has acquired the assets of interior building products distributor Charles G. Hardy Inc. (CGH) in Paramount, California.


Since its founding in 1946, CGH has been serving commercial and residential customers in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. CGH offers a variety of interior building products including drywall, steel studs, acoustical ceilings, insulation, commercial doors and hardware.


The acquisition of CGH results in GMS’s first facility located in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA metropolitan area, the second-largest nationwide. CGH will join GMS’s five existing locations in El Cajon, El Centro, Escondido, Palm Desert and Perris, California to provide comprehensive coverage of Southern California.


The CGH brand name, which has been in the Los Angeles market for over 70 years, will be retained at the Paramount, CA location while legacy GMS locations in Southern California will continue to operate under the J&B Materials brand name.

Joe Barloon, President of CGH, commented, “As it was the day we opened in 1946, customer service has always been the cornerstone of our business. We are thrilled to find those same values in GMS and are excited to further improve our ability to serve our customers and grow the business.”


“We are excited to welcome the CGH team to the GMS family and expand our footprint in Southern California,” remarked Don Taylor, Vice President of the Western Division of GMS. He added, “We are driven by success and a commitment to provide the best possible service and products to our customers. The wealth of experience and product expertise CGH brings to the table is impactful and I’m enthusiastic about this strategically significant step for GMS in Southern California.”