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      Falling short? Not this local company

      Short and Paulk Supply Company is a business that has been selling building materials for commercial and residential projects since 1941 but today they announced they are now a stocking distributor for Georgia Pacific Engineered Lumber.

      "That allows us to go out into other markets and call on dealers such as ourselves and be able to provide them services and material and not be as Short and Paulk, it's a separate division for us, a separate profit center, said the Tifton branch TMs Vice President, Chuck Mailloux.

      It TMs a separate division that will operate under the name Georgia Structural Components - and it's a partnership that shows companies can grow despite the recent economy.

      "There's opportunities that come along and Jay Short, our President and CEO, has been real active in looking at what's happening in the market and how we can adjust to better serve our customer," said GSC TMs Vice President, Hal Hand.

      With today's announcement, that customer base is bound to grow. While this partnership is huge news for Short and Paulk, it's not the only step they've taken towards expansion in the recent months.

      "When the downturn came, we made the decision that we weren't going to basically let it run us over, we were going to take control," said Mailloux.

      They took control by adjusting a business that thrived on the supplies needed to build new homes to a center that gives people many options when remodeling.

      "We've had to adjust our sales to compensate and to work with that market and away from the new housing market. We're not leaving the new housing market but we're acquired trying to fit into this new market," said Hand.

      Short and Paulk's Tifton branch also boasts a new showroom for those looking to build or remodel and $75,000 worth of new inventory - as well as many other upgrades - but they're still looking for more opportunities.

      "We're looking at a lot of different avenues and opportunities to provide additional services within our core business operation and we see growth in the future," said Mailloux.