Mid-Ohio Valley company makes acquisitions to expand reach
PARKERSBURG — A local company which specializes in products and services for commercial building projects has made two acquisitions in the last year aimed at increasing its share of the market.
Architectural Interior Products is a multi-state supplier of commercial building products located in the Airport Industrial Park north of Parkersburg, said Aaron Collie, vice president and minority owner of the company.
AIP purchased Top Shop of Vienna last March and in December announced plants to relocate and expand the business. On Jan. 1, AIP also purchased Pro Drywall Sales, a drywall company in Huntington, as part of the company. Collie said AIP started operations in 1980 in Boaz owned by his late father-in-law, Tom McCarty.
The company has grown and expanded since that time with about 60 employees at locations in Parkersburg, Fairmont and Charleston in West Virginia, along with a location in Bristol, Va.
Collie said AIP specializes in providing interior products for commercial projects, including metal studs, drywall, insulation, acoustical ceilings, metal doors and frames and similar types of fittings and hardware.
The company’s customers include commercial companies, school districts, hospitals and industrial plants.
“We’re into eight states, so we deliver material out of all of our locations. We cover parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia,” he said.
Collie cited the emergency department changes at Camden Clark Medical Center as one local project AIP was involved in, providing some of the materials and supplies used by the contractors in that project. The company is also involved in a large renovation and rehab project at the Charleston Civic Center, he said.
The market for AIP’s products and services has remained pretty steady over the past few years, with a few bright spots like the civic center project, Collie said. Looking ahead, the company will remain optimistic while keeping an eye out for new opportunities, he said.
While mainly a material supplier, Collie said AIP has added some installation and contracting services in recent years, primarily involving some of the materials it sells.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a full-fledged contracting business, more of an installation crew that will go out and install some of our products,” he said.
The Top Shop expansion will relocate the business to the former business location of Aldad Distributors on Dudley Avenue in Parkersburg. The purchase of the 15,000 square foot Dudley Avenue facility will accommodate the growth of the business, he said.
“This move will give Top Shop the space needed for new production equipment that will allow expansion of our product offering in countertops, cabinets, and commercial casework,” said Collie. “With the new equipment, lead times will be reduced and output capacity will be increased allowing us to better serve our customers in the Mid-Ohio Valley.”
Top Shop has been in business in the Mid-Ohio Valley since 1992. It is a full-service counter top provider specializing in solid surface and laminate counter tops. Commercial casework manufacturing and installation services are also part of the product offering provided by Top Shop.