Serving Western NC since 1938

Henson Building Materials was established in 1938. Our locations are in Forest City, Black Mountain, and Linville, serving the Western North Carolina region, and in 2012, we expanded our services to Upstate South Carolina with our newest location in the Tryon/Landrum area. We offer a full line of building materials, tools, and hardware for professional contractors, remodelers, and do-it-yourself homeowners. In 2007, Henson Building Materials was purchased by Warner Robins Supply Company, a 65 year-old central Georgia building materials and hardware supplier that is a second-generation, family-owned and operated company. Both companies share the same business values that Henson's has built their name on for over 75 years.

Henson Building Materials is an active member of the local community surrounding each store location. Here are some of the local entities we support with links to their websites.

   
Black Mountain, NC

Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce
The Black Mountain Region is the front porch of the Western North Carolina Mountain Region. From the most upscale cuisine, to country cooking and BBQ, the area is home to over forty restaurants sure to please any palate. Dine inside or outside, while enjoying the local flavor or celebrating a special occasion. Black Mountain truly is the front porch to western North Carolina's mountain region.

Asheville Area Chamber Of Commerce
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is your official source for everything Asheville, whether you're visiting, living or searching for businesses in our amazing community! Ashville is consistently on several top ten lists of the best places to live or retire.
Asheville Home Builders Association
Asheville Home Builders Association provides services to promote the home building industry in Asheville, NC. Asheville is consistently on top ten lists of the best places to live in nature!
Explore Asheville
The Asheville area, named a must–see destination by Frommer's, boasts a thriving arts community, diverse outdoor adventures, a vibrant and inviting downtown, numerous historic and architectural attractions, and unique shopping options.
Buncombie County, North Carolina
Buncombe County Government’s mission is to promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life and an effective and efficient government our citizens can trust.
Western North Carolina Green Building Council
WNCGBC is a 501C3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote environmentally sustainable and health conscious building practices through community education.
   
Forest City, NC

Rutherford Chamber of Commerce
The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce is organized for the purpose of advancing the commercial, industrial, civic, and cultural interests of the citizens of Rutherford County.

Rutherford Tourism
The Lake Lure area has a bounty of attractions and activities to satisfy your need to play. Outdoor options abound: scramble to the top of the rock at Chimney Rock State Park, splash around with water sports at Lake Lure, cast a line in the Rocky Broad River, perfect your swing at our championship golf courses, bike the back roads.
Rutherford County, NC
Whether you want to be close to the action of a bustling metropolitan area, or prefer a serene rural setting, Rutherford County has it all within reach.
Town of Forest City, NC
Forest City, NC located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Our town is very close to major cities but we have maintained that family atmosphere that is the heart of our community.
Town of Spindale, NC
Gentle breezes, bright skies and a comfortable lifestyle are waiting for you here. Just moments from U.S. Hwy 74-A, Spindale, North Carolina is centrally located in Rutherford County. The Kid Senses Interactive Children's museum is within 5 miles of most any place in Spindale.
Town of Rutherfordton, NC
Established in 1787, Rutherfordton is among the oldest towns in western North Carolina and is the seat of the oldest continuous government in the region. Steeped in history since the Revolutionary War, this Town has managed to keep its “old time” charm while progressing into the 21st century.
Town of Lake Lure, NC
Lake Lure is a well-known destination for thousands of visitors each year from around this country, Canada, and abroad. The Town of Lake Lure is a beautiful place to visit and a wonderful place to live; it is the home of over 1,050 permanent residents. Located in western North Carolina, the town sits in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge, east of Asheville.
   
Linville, NC
Avery County Chamber of Commerce
This little township at the foot of Grandfather Mountain takes its name from the Linville River, which was named for William and John Linville who were killed by Indians about 13 miles south where the waters plunge into the deepest gorge in eastern America.
   
Tryon NC/Landrum SC
Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce
The Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce is your local source for everything that involves the surrounding towns of Columbus, Landrum, Saluda, and Tryon in Polk County. From local business services to unique places to eat, sleep, and shop, the Carolina Foothills Chamber is the place to visit for any interest, whether you’re a tourist or have just moved in the area and need to find your place around.
Towns of Columbus, Landrum, Saluda, Tryon
These four towns are closely nit, and have their own unique ability to draw you in to each one, declaring them totally different from the other. Please visit the link above to learn more about each town and how each of them came to be. From Tryon’s history of once being the training center for the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team, to Saluda’s National Register of Historic Places, each town has mentionable history to admire.
Popular Area Events
The Blue Ridge Barbecue and Music Festival is held every year in Tryon, NC. It’s considered one of the most popular sanctioned BBQ competitions held in the U.S.
Polk County:
The Polk County website has information on just about everything you need to know relating to county events, economic development, tourism, plus many more interests involving the towns of Polk County.

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Around 1938, Wright Bauchman Lumber Company out of West Virginia purchased 25,000 acres in Golden Valley, Rutherford County, NC. They would lose one horse a day due to the land being so rough. They organized a saw mill on Duke Street in Forest City, building five “huts” beside the planer building (a process of trimming down the wood to dimensional sizes). One of the huts was used as a kitchen in which one man cooked all day for the workers. The other four huts were overnight lodging for the workers who worked on the Golden Valley property. A Mr.Carl Henson, a saw mill operator from Tennessee, was hired on as the Manager of the saw mill that had yet to have a name…

In 1951, the saw mill was named Henson Timber Products. Later, in the mid 1980’s, Henson Timber Products changed the name to Henson Building Materials. Today, we serve Western North Carolina with our locations in Forest City, Black Mountain, and Linville. In 2012, we grew to serve Upstate South Carolina with our location in the Tryon/Landrum area.

Surviving past recessions in the housing market industry, Henson Building Materials still thrives in serving Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina with high quality building materials at competitive prices.

For over 75 years, we've built our name on service and quality you can trust. Henson Building Materials - Your Hometown Building Supply.

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North Carolina based Henson Building Materials is proud to announce that a new store location opened for business on October 22nd in Landrum, South Carolina serving the Carolina Foothills. Its location manager, Clint McGinnis comes from Henson's Forest City location where he had been the Assistant Manager for a number of years. Also, Roy "Skip" Skipper, formally of Tryon Lumber has come on board in sales. This will make the eighth store and lumber yard location for the Warner Robins Supply Company family of building materials businesses.

Click to Learn more about our newest store