LBP recently had the opportunity to host two special celebrations in Florida. A grand opening was held at our Sarasota branch and a grand reopening was held for our Melbourne location.
Sarasota is a brand-new location for LBP opened during 2016. The decision to add this facility was based on our existing success in the state and optimism for future growth specifically in the Sarasota market. Continued growth and success for our existing Melbourne branch prompted the need to move it to an upgraded location. Great teams are in place at both branches, and I am pleased and proud to have them as part of the LBP family.
During both these events, I heard a great buzz from customers and suppliers alike. There is a wonderful energy and terrific enthusiasm among these two markets, and throughout the entire state. The LBP footprint in Florida has grown to now encompass ten locations. Under the outstanding leadership and direction of Regional VP Jeff Wietholter, I am confident we will continue to see exciting developments in this region for many years to come.