About Us

Builders Hardware, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company that has been opening doors for Florida since 1954.  Our wealth of product knowledge regarding doors, door components, and hardware makes us experts in our industry.  We also always retain a sense of urgency to meet our customers’ need for the distribution of the right quality products- at the right time.

Our suppliers support our endeavor to effectively distribute their products through warehouse and drop ship programs backed by product training and marketing tools.

Our employees are Builders Hardware’s first customer. We offer opportunity and incentives for our staff to go the extra mile to meet the demands of our most valued customers.

Give us a chance to meet with you in person at your location or schedule a visit to our Tampa office to discuss ways we can support and expand your business. Our trucks are ready to head your way.

Company Overview

For over 65 years, Builders Hardware Inc. has been supplying Florida’s building industry with quality hardware and door products through a family of reputable dealers located in markets across the state. We were founded by Mr. Les Godwin, a fourth generation native Floridian. Les, his sons Jesse and Joel, and his grandson Will continue to diligently work to expand and solidify BHI’s position as Florida’s preferred distributor and manufacturers’ representative of top quality building products.

BHI is headquartered with warehouses and a manufacturing plant in Tampa, Florida. This centralized location is instrumental in helping BHI maintain regular deliveries to most of the state on a daily basis. Our commitment to the finest customer service, and attentiveness to the ever changing needs of the Florida’s building industry have helped us thrive during the building-boom periods and survive through the industry’s bleak periods. BHI can always be counted on to be there for its dealers. Along with representing some of the finest manufacturers of the product groups listed above, Builders Hardware Inc. has also developed and manufactured its own line of quality door components that are specifically suited for the codes and demands of Florida home-building.

Our Legacy of Excellence

Founded in 1954, Builders Hardware, Inc. was built upon traditional American work ethic, unmatched determination, and the strong bonds of faith and family. Our founder, Les Godwin, only asked for a job one time in his life and that was when he was at the industrious young age of 7 years. That first job was delivering magazines for Collier Magazine. In 1946, at age 14, he worked for Hart Machinery and Concrete as assistant controller. In November of 1946, Les began working for his father, Hale Godwin, in his Home Builders Supply business. He worked hard and learned the business quickly. In 1952, Les joined the Elite Core of the Adjutant General’s Corps and served during the Korean War. After working and learning business management principles from an early age, and with the added experience of serving his country in time of war, Les was ready to start his own business. In 1954, he decided to become a distributor and ship hardware products to dealers from his own warehouse. He chose this channel of business because he did not want to compete with his father’s retail hardware business. Builder’s Hardware has been thriving as a family-owned-and-operated business ever since. Les continues to lead by example in this business and industry. His sons Jesse and Joel have been working together to provide leadership and stewardship at BHI for decades as Vice Presidents. Jesse’s son Will Godwin has also joined the team and oversees the daily operations as General Manager and CFO. From their headquarters and warehouse/ manufacturing complex in Tampa, Florida they all continue to effectively serve the needs of builders supply businesses across the state.
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