Home Improvement Online Store Build.com Jumps to No. 80 in Latest Internet Retailer Magazine Top 500 Guide

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Northern California company passes behemoth Lowe’s to become second largest online home improvement retailer

“There’s no one thing or one person that helped us achieve these results,” said VP of Marketing Brandon Proctor. “We have an amazing culture and an incredible team of smart, motivated individuals who are constantly innovating and finding a better way.

Build.com, Inc. has jumped up on the Internet Retailer Magazine’s latest Top 500 rankings to No. 80, surpassing home improvement giant Lowe’s to become the second-largest online home improvement retailer.

The 17-spot jump marks the fourth consecutive double-digit leap for the Chico, Calif., based company. Vice President of Marketing Brandon Proctor credits the success to the entire 250-member team of Build.com.

“There’s no one thing or one person that helped us achieve these results,” Proctor said. “We have an amazing culture and an incredible team of smart, motivated individuals who are constantly innovating and finding a better way.”

Build.com founder and President Christian Friedland started the company in 2000 as FaucetDirect.com selling plumbing products online. The company gradually added a network of stores over the ensuing years, and after a record-breaking 2009, Build.com’s online sales for 2010 eclipsed $240 million, a 46 percent increase over the previous year.

With the continuing uncertainty plaguing many economic sectors, Build.com has remained ahead of the curve with their marketing strategy, product selection and pledge to providing the best buying experience for consumers choosing to fix up their homes rather than move.

“While the overall number for new housing construction are dismal, we’ve seen a positive trend in the repair and remodel market,” Friedland said. “To our benefit, much more of this purchasing is now being done online.”

The Build.com Network of Stores includes FaucetDirect.com, LightingDirect.com and HandleSets.com, as well as PullsDirect.com, VentingDirect.com and VentingPipe.com.

About Build.com
Headquartered in Chico, Calif., Build.com has established itself as an innovative and prominent presence in the online home improvement retail space. Build.com creates a unique web experience by encouraging customers to visit a diverse range of niche stores within its network. Build.com is among the online category leaders in plumbing, lighting, door hardware, and ventilation. Build.com currently employs more than 250 people and continues to grow and pioneer in the home improvement industry. For more information on Build.com, please visit the company’s corporate site at corp.build.com or visit its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BuildDotCom.

Contact: Sean Murphy, Public Relations, Build.com, smurphy(at)build(dot)com and (800) 375-3403, x476, or Brandon Proctor, VP of Marketing, brandon(at)build(dot)com and (800) 375-3403, x537.

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