Your Building Center invests in the ‘YBC family’

Your Building Center in Williamsport has been serving local contractors and other professionals for over 32 years.

The YBC company is 100 percent employee owned and operated and has 14 YBC locations and four other locations throughout Pennsylvania.

“Being an employee owner, we have a stake in the outcome. And we share the profits with each other, each and every year… We call it the YBC family, because if we have a good year, we share in the profits. And that gives most of our employees the incentive to work hard,” said Fred Lorson, Regional Sales Manager.

Lorson has worked in the building for 36 years, since before YBC took over in 1989.

He now works as Regional Sales Manager for the Northeast region of Pa..

“We also are compassionate for each other. When somebody runs into hard times, or circumstances come up, we help each other, and have developed some very, very, very good friendships through this and industry to this business, within the company,” said Lorson.

All together, the company has around 350 employees. Many of the employees have been a part of the company for more than 25 years.

Because the company is owned by the employees, that means that each employee has a stake in the company’s success.

“The profits don’t just go to a single owner’s pocket, they get split back amongst employees, and it’s exciting when that happens, and a month or two later, as the year progresses you have an employee that says, hey, this is costing us a lot of money. They look at it because it is theirs. It’s literally money out of their pocket. …It’s exciting when somebody clicks with somebody. …I always tell people when we sit down for the interview, we’re a large company, yeah, over $100 million a year, but yet we still have that family atmosphere,” said Mark Embriani, store manager.

Along with the YBC stores, the chain also owns a number of other stores, many of which have been bought by family businesses.

“We continue to grow, we always are active in looking at acquisitions. We will buy family owned businesses that run out of family that doesn’t have anybody else to take it over,” said Lorson.

All together, the company owns 18 locations.

YBC is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m to 1 p.m.

Their online website is www.ybconline.com.


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