Snavely Forest Products to open rail-serve Gonzales location


A wholesale lumber and building products company will soon be opening a new 17-acre rail-serve location in Gonzales.

Snavely Forest Products, a subsidiary of MacArthur Company, is opening the Gonzales division to better serve its target market and widen customer reach into the San Antonio-Austin and Southeast Corpus Christi region, the company announced.

Marshall Owens, former sales manager in Snavely’s Dallas branch, has accepted the position as general manager of the new Gonzales site.

“With 20 plus years’ experience at Snavely, Marshall is well-suited for this position,” said Nick Fitzgerald, Snavely’s Texas regional manager. “I’m confident he will leverage his sales and marketing savvy to propel our expansion to a new level. The company is well-positioned to offer its deep product portfolio in a target-rich environment, particularly with Owens at the helm.”

“Snavely is an established and reputable supplier, and our mission is bringing business to customers and suppliers by introducing and developing new products and an array of value-added services,” COO Clark Spitzer added. “This opportunity in south Texas strongly emphasizes Snavely’s commitment of ‘Building Business for Our Partners’ which includes our customers and vendor partners. I believe Marshall is perfectly suited to manage this expansion and accentuate the intentional positioning of our business.”

Alexis Joseph, director of marketing for Snavely, said the company is “thrilled to have a location in Gonzales” but does not yet have information available to release on when the new location will open, how many people it will employ and the total investment in Gonzales that Snavely will be making. She added she hopes to have more information to share with the Inquirer on those topics within the next month as they are better defined.

The move into Gonzales comes as the company celebrates 120 years in the industry. To further emphasize the strategic importance of the expansion, Snavely has enhanced its value-added product portfolio in the Texas market to include Trex composite decking, the leader in the high-performance outdoor living industry. Snavely, considered house of brands, also distributes a variety of other products including TYPAR and Pacific Woodtech Engineered Wood Products.

Snavely Forest Products is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a 100-percent employee-owned company.